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How to remove the ManagerAnalog adware?

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

How to remove ManagerAnalog from Mac?

What is ManagerAnalog?

ManagerAnalog has two purposes: to generate ads and promote a fake search engine (its address). This app is classified both as adware and a browser hijacker. Although, it is likely that it functions as data collector as well. It is known that ManagerAnalog is distributed via fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Therefore, it is very likely that users who would download and install this app would not do it knowingly.

ManagerAnalog adware

It is common that apps like ManagerAnalog generate ads that are designed to promote (open) questionable sites, in some cases they are used to trick users into causing unwanted downloads, or even installations (some ads, if clicked, download and/or install some PUA by executing certain scripts). Some examples of ads that apps like ManagerAnalog generate are banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ad. As mentioned in the above paragraph, ManagerAnalog functions as a browser hijacker. It changes the address of a default search engine, homepage and/or new tab to an address of a fake search engine. As a rule, users cannot remove address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings unless they uninstall a browser hijacker that modified them.

Another issue with ManagerAnalog app is that it could be designed to collect browsing data like addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, or even sensitive, personal information. In such case its developers could monetize gathered data by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misuse it for other purposes. Therefore, users who have apps like ManagerAnalog installed on a browser and/or the operating system may become victims of identity theft, encounter issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, etc.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ManagerAnalog
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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More adware examples are ConsoleProgram, SkillApplication and ActivityConfig. It is common for adware-type apps to be advertised as useful apps that have various features, improve browsing experience, etc. Nevertheless, in most cases they main purpose is to generate revenue for their developers - they are useless to their users. Either way, it is strongly advisable not to have apps of this type installed neither on a browser or the operating system.

How did ManagerAnalog install on my computer?

As mentioned in the introduction, ManagerAnalog is distributed via fake Adobe Flash Player installer. It is important to known that fake installers can be used to distribute malware (like ransomware) too. Another popular way to distribute adware (or PUAs of other types) is to offer to download and/or install it through download and/or installation setups of other software. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Users download and/or install PUAs alongside with other software when they do not decline unwanted offers, this usually can be done via "Advanced", "Custom" (or other settings), or by unticking some checkboxes that are included in download and/or installation setups. Deceptive advertisements can be used to distribute PUAs too - by designing them to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Apps should not be downloaded (or installed) via/from questionable sources, tools like Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients, etc.), unofficial pages, third party downloaders, installers, and so on. They should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct links. Downloads and installations should not be finished without declining unwanted offers. As mentioned in the paragraph above, usually it can be done via "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings. Advertisements on dubious sites should not be clicked as well. They could be designed not only to open untrustworthy pages, but also to download, or even install unwanted apps. Additionally, there should not be any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser, or apps of this kind installed on the operating system/computer. If your computer is already infected with ManagerAnalog, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed when ManagerAnalog adware is installed:

ManagerAnalog adware warning pop-up

Text presented in this pop-up:

"ManagerAnalogd" will damage your computer.

This file was downloaded on an unknown date.

 

OK

Show in Finder

Fake installer used to distribute ManagerAnalog (first installation step):

manageranalog adware installer step 1

Fake installer used to distribute ManagerAnalog (second installation step):

manageranalog adware installer step 2

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like OperativeMachine alter system proxy settings, thereby causing unwanted redirects to a variety of questionable websites.

The redirects are likely to remain even after removing the application itself. Thus, you'll have to restore them manually.

Step 1: Click on the gear icon in the Dock to navigate to the system settings. If the icon is not present in the Dock, you can find it in the Launchpad.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the system settings

Step 2: Navigate to the Network settings.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the network settings

Step 3: Select the connected network and click "Advanced...".

Changing proxy settings - select the connected network and click Advanced...

Step 4: Click on the "Proxies" tab and untick all the protocols. You should also set the settings of each protocol to default - "*.local, 169.254/16".

Changing proxy settings - untick all the options and set their settings to default

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ManagerAnalog adware removal:

Remove ManagerAnalog-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 manageranalog 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

Ads by ManagerAnalog removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by manageranalog 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 manageranalog 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 manageranalog 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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