How to uninstall CleanParameter adware from your operating system?

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

How to remove CleanParameter adware from Mac?

What is CleanParameter?

CleanParameter is an adware-type app with browser hijacker traits. It operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns and making modifications to browser settings - in order to promote fake search engines. In addition, most adware-types and browser hijackers collect browsing-related information and it is highly likely that CleanParameter does so as well. Due to the dubious methods employed in CleanParameter's distribution, it is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). One of the techniques used for this app is proliferation via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. It is noteworthy that illegitimate updaters/installers are used to spread not only unwanted software but also malware (e.g. trojans, ransomware, etc.).

CleanParameter adware detections on VirusTotal

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, full-page and other intrusive ads - typically, on any visited website. Hence, the advertisements do not originate from the sites, they are delivered by adware. Intrusive adverts seriously diminish the browsing quality - by overlaying page content and slowing down the browsing speed. Furthermore, the ads pose a threat to device and user safety. Since upon being clicked, intrusive advertisements redirect to various unreliable/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. With such a piece of software installed: every new browser tab/window opened and web search done via the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. Illegitimate web searchers are rarely able to provide search results, so they tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Bing, Yahoo and other genuine search engines. Browser hijackers can undo any changes user try to make to their browsers and/or limit/deny access to the browsers' settings outright. Therefore, recovering a hijacked browser is impossible without removing the software affecting it. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) have data tracking abilities. They can monitor browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, etc.) and collect vulnerable information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data usually contains personally identifiable information. What is more, PUA developers monetize this information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. It is strongly recommended to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CleanParameter
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-MT [Trj]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.AdLoad.ACT), Fortinet (OSX/Adload.AE!tr.dldr), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), 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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TrustedAnalog, HerculesLookup and UpgradeCommand are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, the promised functions are seldom operational. This applies to practically all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers; to users - they have no real value and may cause serious problems. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers and collect private data.

How did CleanParameter install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated via download/installation setups of other programs. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive ads can infiltrate PUAs into systems as well. Once clicked on, the adverts can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user consent. PUAs can also have "official" download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All software products must be researched prior to download/installation and/or purchase. It is recommended to always download from official and verified sources. Since untrustworthy channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - often offer harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions and other additions. Intrusive advertisements appear ordinary and innocuous, however they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with CleanParameter, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

CleanParameter adware distributed via fake Flash Player updater/installer (installation steps):

CleanParameter adware installer step 1 CleanParameter adware installer step 2

Files related to the CleanParameter adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.CleanParameter.service.app
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.CleanParameter.service.plist
  • /Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.CleanParameter.system
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.CleanParameter.system.plist

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CleanParameter adware removal:

Remove CleanParameter-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 cleanparameter 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 CleanParameter removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by cleanparameter 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 cleanparameter 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 cleanparameter 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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