How to remove the OperativeMachine adware?

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

How to remove OperativeMachine from Mac?

What is OperativeMachine?

OperativeMachine is classified as adware because it generates advertisements. However, it functions not only as adware, but also as browser hijacker - it modifies browser settings (promotes address of a fake search engine). Typically, users do not download and install apps OperativeMachine knowingly, for this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is known that this particular app is distributed via fake installer for Adobe Flash Player.

OperativeMachine adware

Some examples of ads that applications like OperativeMachine generate are various coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and/or other advertisements of other type. Very often ads that adware-type apps generate are designed to open shad web pages. In some cases they can be designed to download and/or install unwanted apps by running certain scripts. Furthermore, OperativeMachine promotes a fake search engine by changing browser settings. Typically, apps of this type change the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. Another issue with it is that users cannot remove the address of a fake search engine from browser settings unless they uninstall a browser hijacker that promotes it.

One more reason not to have apps like OperativeMachine installed on a browser and/or the operating system is that it could be designed to gather browsing data (IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages) and/or even sensitive information. In such case gathered data could be monetized by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or in other ways which means users may become victims of identity theft, encounter problems related to web browsing safety, online privacy, or other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OperativeMachine
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-MT [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Agent-MT [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), 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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ActivityInput, StandardBoost and SkilledObject are other adware examples. What most apps of this type have in common is that they are designed to generate ads. Simply said, they are useless to their users even if they are advertised as legitimate, useful apps. If an app of this type is already installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be removed as soon as possible.

How did OperativeMachine install on my computer?

OperativeMachine is distribute via fake Adobe Flash Player installer. It is important to mention that such installers can be used to distribute ransomware, some Trojan-type malware, or other software of this kind. Another popular way to distribute PUAs is to include them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". As a rule, unwanted offers can be declined via "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, or by unticking checkboxes that are available in download and/or installation setups. PUAs are allowed to be downloaded and/or installed when users do not change the aforementioned settings/untick certain checkboxes. In some cases PUAs are distributed by designing ads to execute certain scripts. However, in such cases unwanted downloads and/or installations happen only when users click those ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should not be downloaded via third party downloaders, eMule, torrent clients (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), from unofficial websites, etc., or installed via third party installers. It is advisable to download files and programs only from official websites and via direct links. Download and/or installation setups that have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, or some checkboxes should be checked for unwanted offers and they should be declined before completing downloads and/or installations. Ads on shady pages should not be trusted, it is common for those ads to be designed to open dubious pages or even cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. There should not be any suspicious, unknown or unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind installed on a computer as well. If your computer is already infected with OperativeMachine, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Delusive application installer promoting OperativeMachine adware (first installation step):

Delusive installer used to promote OperativeMachine adware installation step 1

Delusive application installer promoting OperativeMachine adware (second installation step):

Delusive installer used to promote OperativeMachine adware installation step 2

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

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

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OperativeMachine adware removal:

Remove OperativeMachine-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 operativemachine 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 OperativeMachine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by operativemachine 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 operativemachine 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 operativemachine 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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