How to remove AnalyticParameter adware from the operating system?

Also Known As: Ads by AnalyticParameter
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove AnalyticParameter adware from Mac?

What is AnalyticParameter?

AnalyticParameter is an adware-type application with browser hijacker traits. Following successful installation, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns and makes modifications to browser settings - in order to promote fake search engines. AnalyticParameter promotes d2sri.com on Safari browsers and search.locatorunit.com - on Google Chrome browsers. Additionally, most adware-types and browser hijackers spy on users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable methods used to distribute AnalyticParameter, it is also classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). One of the dubious techniques used for this app is distribution via fake Adobe Flash Player updaters. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that illegitimate software updaters/installers are employed to proliferate not only PUAs but also trojans, ransomware and other malware as well.

AnalyticParameter adware

Adware delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other intrusive advertisements. They overlay webpage content and slow down the browsing speed. Additionally, once clicked on, intrusive adverts redirect to various untrustworthy/malicious websites and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of fake web searchers. Hence, with such a piece of software installed: every single search query typed into the URL bar and new browser tab/window opened - redirect to the promoted address. In case of AnalyticParameter, it either redirects to d2sri.com (Safari) or to search.locatorunit.com (Google Chrome). Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate ones. Browser hijackers can reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers and/or restrict/deny access to the browser's settings outright. Most PUAs also have data tracking abilities. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AnalyticParameter
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), Sophos AV (AdLoad (PUA)), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h), Full List (VirusTotal)
Additional Information This application belongs to Adload malware family.
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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CommonGenerationOptimalState and ExpandedCommand are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and offer various "handy" functionalities. However, the advertised features are seldom operational. In fact, this applies to practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advert campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and gather private data.

How did AnalyticParameter install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) - increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Select PUAs have "official" download webpages. Upon being clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, however they redirect to various unreliable and questionable sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, and so on). In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with AnalyticParameter, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

AnalyticParameter adware distributed via fake Flash Player updater/installer:

Delusive installer used to promote AnalyticParameter adware

Pop-up window displayed once AnalyticParameter adware's installation is over:

Pop-up displayed once AnalyticParameter installation is complete

Appearance of AnalyticParameter adware promoting d2sri.com fake search engine (GIF):

Appearance of AnalyticParameter adware promoting d2sri.com (GIF)

Appearance of AnalyticParameter adware promoting search.locatorunit.com (GIF):

AnalyticParameter adware promoting search.locatorunit.com (GIF)

AnalyticParameter adware installed onto the Safari browser:

AnalyticParameter adware installed onto Safari

AnalyticParameter adware's installation folder:

AnalyticParameter adware install folder

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AnalyticParameter adware removal:

Remove AnalyticParameter-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX","NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ads by analyticparameter related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by AnalyticParameter removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by analyticparameter related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by analyticparameter related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by analyticparameter related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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