How to remove the UpdateAdmin adware from a browser and computer?

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

How to remove UpdateAdmin from Mac?

What is UpdateAdmin?

UpdateAdmin is designed to serve advertisements, promote 6v5f3l.com and search.basicgeneration.com (fake search engines) and collect sensitive information. This app functions as adware and a browser hijacker. Typically, users do not download and install apps like UpdateAdmin intentionally, for this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is known that developers attempt to trick users into installing UpdateAdmin via fake installer for Adobe Flash Player.

UpdateAdmin adware

It is common that adware-type apps like UpdateAdmin serve advertisements that are designed to promote (open) questionable pages, or even to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by executing certain scripts. Some examples of ads that apps like this one display are banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys. As mentioned in the first paragraph, UpdateAdmin is designed to promote the 6v5f3l.com and search.basicgeneration.com addresses (fake search engines). It makes 6v5f3l.com as the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab on Safari browsers and does the same with search.basicgeneration.com on Chrome browsers. 6v5f3l.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com (provides results generated by Yahoo), search.basicgeneration.com redirects users to google.com (provides results generated by Google). Both of them do not generate any unique results. As if were not enough, UpdateAdmin is designed to gather sensitive information such as credit card details, passwords, telephone numbers (and some other data). Such data could be misused for various malicious purposes. For example, UpdateAdmin's developers could use it to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal identities, personal accounts.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UpdateAdmin
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), 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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To sum up, when UpdateAdmin is installed on a browser and/or computer, it serves ads, collects data and makes sure that users would visit the address of a fake search engine. The biggest problem with this app is that its users could become victims of identity theft, lose access to personal accounts, suffer monetary loss, have problems related to web browsing safety, online privacy, and/or have other problems. Therefore, this app should never be downloaded and installed. A couple of examples of other apps that are similar to UpdateAdmin are ExecutiveOperation, AccessibleSkill and LearningActivity.

How did UpdateAdmin install on my computer?

As mentioned in the introduction, UpdateAdmin is distributed via deceptive installer, supposedly an installer for the Adobe Flash Player. It is worthwhile to mention that fake, third party installers can be used to distribute malware (e.g., Trojans, ransomware-type programs) too. Also, quite often users download and/or install PUAs via download and/or installation setups of programs that have PUAs included in their setups as additional offers. This deceptive distribution method is called "bundling". In most cases included apps can be found and declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, or by unticking checkboxes that are available in setups. Users who download and install programs without checking and changing the aforementioned settings (or unticking certain checkboxes) allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too. In some cases users unknowingly download and/or install PUAs is by clicking deceptive advertisements that is designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download programs (and files) from reliable, official pages, and via direct download links. It is not safe to use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule) and other sources as tools to download or install software. Also, it is advised not to complete any download or installation process without checking what settings (like "Custom", "Advanced") or checkboxes are available in a setup. Ads that are displayed on shady pages (e.g, adult dating, gambling, pornography pages) should not be clicked as well. More often than not those ads are designed to open untrustworthy websites or cause downloads and/or installations of some unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Also, there should not be any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, add-ons installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with UpdateAdmin, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once UpdateAdmin installation is over:

updateadmin adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

6v5f3l.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):

6v5f3l.com redirects to search.yahoo.com

Search.basicgeneration.com redirects to google.com (GIF):

search.basicgeneration.com redirects to google.com

Fake installer that is designed to install UpdateAdmin:

fake installer used to distribute updateadmin

UpdateAdmin installed on Safari:

updateadmin adware safari extension

UpdateAdmin's installation folder:

updateadmin adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove UpdateAdmin adware using Combo Cleaner:

UpdateAdmin adware removal:

Remove UpdateAdmin-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 updateadmin 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 UpdateAdmin removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by updateadmin 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 updateadmin 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 updateadmin 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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