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

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

How to remove AdminLink from Mac?

What is AdminLink?

AdminLink is an application which is designed to generate its developers revenue by generating advertisements, promoting a fake search engine (its address) and collecting sensitive information. Simply said, AdminLink functions as adware, browser hijacker and data collector. It is common that users download and install apps like AdminLink unintentionally, for this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

AdminLink adware

Typically, applications like AdminLink generate revenue for their developers by generating banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads and/or ads of other types. It is common that ads generated by such adware open questionable pages or even download and/or install some PUAs by executing certain scripts. As mentioned in the introduction, AdminLink functions as a browser hijacker - it changes browser's settings. Typically, apps of this type are designed to promote address of some fake search engine by making it as the address as a homepage, new tab and/or default search engine. In other words, they are designed to open certain address when users open a browser, new tab and/or enter search queries into URL bar. The biggest problem with AdminLink is that it can read passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers and some other sensitive information. Such information could be misused for various purposes, for example: to steal identities, personal accounts, make fraudulent purchases, transactions. These are the main reasons why the AdminLink app (or any other similar app) should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AdminLink
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.F), 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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It is common that adware-type apps, browser hijackers, etc., are advertised as legitimate applications that supposed to improve browsing experience, include some features, and/or be useful in other ways. Nevertheless, most of them are useless and designed only to generate revenue for their developers. A couple of examples of other apps like AdminLink are MegaSource, AnalyzerFile and PublicFraction.

How did AdminLink install on my computer?

It is common that users download and/or install apps like AdminLink through download and/or installation setups of other programs - when those apps are included in those setups as extra offers. Typically, users can decline offers to download and/or install PUAs via "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes that they can find in setups. Users allow for PUAs to be downloaded or installed together with other programs when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged. This distribution method for PUAs is known as "bundling". Additionally, unwanted downloads and installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements. Although, it applies only to advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts. Typically, such ads appear on untrustworthy sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to always check what settings download and installation setups have and see if they can be used to decline offers to download and/or install additionally included applications. Also, it is recommended to download files and programs only from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to download software, from unofficial websites, through Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, etc., or install it via third party installer. Additionally, it is advised not to click ads on dubious websites. Such ads can be designed to open other untrustworthy websites or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. Any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a web browser should be removed. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on a computer. If your computer is already infected with AdminLink, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once AdminLink installation is over:

adminlink-adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

AdminLink installed on Safari:

adminlink adware safari extension

AdminLink's Contents folder:

adminlink adware contents folder

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Video showing how to remove AdminLink adware using Combo Cleaner:

AdminLink adware removal:

Remove AdminLink-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 adminlink 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.

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

Ads by AdminLink removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by adminlink 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 adminlink 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 adminlink 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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