How to remove the RemoteAlgorithm adware?

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

How to remove RemoteAlgorithm from Mac?

What is RemoteAlgorithm?

Adware is a type of software that serves advertisements, however, RemoteAlgorithm functions not only as adware but also as a browser hijacker. It changes certain browser settings so that users would be forced to visit an address of a fake search engine. Additionally, RemoteAlgorithm can read sensitive information from websites. Typically, users do not download and install apps like RemoteAlgorithm, therefore, this and other apps of this type are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

RemoteAlgorithm adware

In most cases adware-type applications like RemoteAlgorithm are designed to serve banners, coupons, pop-ups, surveys and/or other types of advertisements. It is common that when users click those ads, they allow them to open questionable websites, or even execute scripts designed to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. Furthermore, RemoteAlgorithm is designed to change browser settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and/or new tab to an address of some fake search engine. Typically, search engines that are promoted by apps like this one do not generate any unique results - they provide results generated by some other search engine. In some cases they generate results that include links to unreliable web pages. Most of the times users cannot remove the address of a fake search engine from browser settings unless the app that is designed to promote it is no longer installed on a browser and/or computer. As mentioned in the introduction, RemoteAlgorithm can read certain information. It is known that it is designed to collect data such credit card details, passwords, telephone numbers and some other sensitive data. Such information can be misused for malicious purposes, for example, to steal identities, personal accounts, make fraudulent purchases, transactions. These are the main reasons why the RemoteAlgorithm should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by RemoteAlgorithm
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.j), 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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RemoteAlgorithm is virtually identical to IndexerInput, OperativeSync, LaunchSystem and many other apps. Most of them are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. In other words, they are useless to their users and can cause them various issues. If RemoteAlgorithm or any other app of this type is already installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be removed as soon as possible.

How did RemoteAlgorithm install on my computer?

Typically, users download and/or install unwanted apps together with programs that have those apps included in their setups as additional offers. Usually those offers can be found and declined by unticking certain checkboxes or via "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings of setups. When users download and/or install programs without checking and changing the aforementioned settings (and/or unticking certain checkboxes), they download and/install offered PUAs as well. This software distribution method is known as "bundling". Also, PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed through deceptive advertisements. Although, it can be caused only by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software and files should be downloaded only from official, trustworthy sources (websites) and not via third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, etc. Third party installers should not be used to install software too. Downloads and installations should not be completed without checking if a setup has "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings that could be used to decline offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Advertisements on shady pages should be trusted/clicked as well, quite often they are designed to promote unreliable websites. In some cases they can be designed to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. And finally, there should not be any unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser and software of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with RemoteAlgorithm, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once RemoteAlgorithm installation is over:

remotealgorithm adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

RemoteAlgorithm installed on Safari:

remotealgorithm adware safari extension

RemoteAlgorithm'a Contents folder:

remotealgorithm adware contents folder

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RemoteAlgorithm adware removal:

Remove RemoteAlgorithm-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 remotealgorithm 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 RemoteAlgorithm removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by remotealgorithm 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 remotealgorithm 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 remotealgorithm 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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