How to remove DivisionInitiator from the operating system a browser?

Also Known As: Ads by DivisionInitiator
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove DivisionInitiator from Mac?

What is DivisionInitiator?

DivisionInitiator functions not only as adware, but also as a browser hijacker. It means that it is designed to serve advertisements and promote some fake search engine. Moreover, it may be designed to collect information related to user's browsing habits and/or other details as well. It is common that users download and/or install apps like DivisionInitiator accidentally, unknowingly. For this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

DivisionInitiator adware

Apps like DivisionInitiator generate revenue for their developers by serving coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and/or other types of ads. It is recommended not to click advertisements that apps like DivisionInitiator display - it is common that those ads are designed to open unreliable websites, or sometimes even cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by running certain scripts. Furthermore, DivisionInitiator promotes a fake search engine. It does that by modifying browser settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab - it changes them to an address of a fake search engine. More often than not users cannot undo the changes that were made by an app like settings as well. Therefore, users can remove it from the aforementioned settings only when a certain browser hijacker is no longer installed. One more problem with apps like DivisionInitiator unless they uninstall it from a browser and/or the operating system. One more reason no to install apps like DivisionInitiator is that they can be designed to collect browsing-related information (like IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, etc.), or even sensitive details. In such case there is a chance that its developers may misuse gathered information to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). These are the main reasons why adware-type applications (and browser hijackers) like DivisionInitiator should never be installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DivisionInitiator
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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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ExpandedQuest, ProgressElemnt and AnalyzerSearch are a couple of examples of other adware-type apps. Typically, they do not improve browsing experience, include some features or are useful to their users in some other way. They are designed to generate revenue for their developers, besides, users who have such apps installed on a browser and/or computer may experience issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, or even become victims of identity theft.

How did DivisionInitiator install on my computer?

It is common that PUAs (adware, browser hijackers, etc.) are promoted/distributed by integrating them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. Typically, users can decline offers to download and/or install included apps. In most cases can be done by unticking certain checkboxes or via "Advanced, "Custom", Manua", or other settings that setups have. Although, not all users do that. Therefore, when they download and/or install programs without changing any settings that are available in their setups, they download and/or install included PUAs too. Sometimes PUAs are distributed via deceptive ads by designing them to execute certain scripts. However, those ads can cause unwanted downloads and/or installations only if they get clicked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not safe or recommended to download software, files from unofficial websites, through torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, and so on, or install software via third party installers. Software and files should be downloaded only via direct links and from official pages. Furthermore, it is advised not to finish downloads and installations when setups have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. The aforementioned settings (or checkboxes) often mention offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Ads on untrustworthy pages can be designed to open other sites of this kind or even cause unwanted downloads, installations - they should not be clicked as well. Unwanted, suspicious (or unknown) extensions, add-ons, plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed and programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with DivisionInitiator, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once DivisionInitiator's installation is finished:

divisioninitiator adware pop-up displayed once installation is over

DivisionInitiator's installation folder:

divisioninitiator adware contents folder

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DivisionInitiator adware removal:

Remove DivisionInitiator-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 divisioninitiator 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

Ads by DivisionInitiator removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by divisioninitiator 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 divisioninitiator 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 divisioninitiator 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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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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