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How to uninstall GenerationUpdater adware?

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

How to remove GenerationUpdater from Mac?

What is GenerationUpdater?

Adware is a type of software that displays ads. Although, GenerationUpdater not only does that but it also changes browser settings (promotes a fake search engine) and possibly collects browsing data, or other information. Simply said, GenerationUpdater functions as adware and a browser hijacker. In most cases users download and install apps like GenerationUpdater unintentionally, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

GenerationUpdater adware

Adware-type apps like GenerationUpdater display banners, surveys, pop-ups, coupons and/or ads of other types. It is common that their ads are used to promote shady websites. In some cases they are designed to download and/or install some other unwanted apps by running certain scripts. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, GenerationUpdater changes browser settings as well. It promotes some fake search engine by assigning its address as the address of a default search engine, homepage and/or new tab. Therefore, users are forced to visit a certain address when they open a browser, new tab and/or enter search queries and cannot remove that address from browser settings as long as the app (browser hijacker) is installed on a browser (and/or computer).

It is possible that GenerationUpdater collects browsing data like IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations. It is also possible that it targets sensitive information. In such case its developers may misuse gathered information to generate revenue, for example, they could monetize it by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by GenerationUpdater
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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 DigitalRecord, DigitalEngine and WizardUpdate. It is common for software of this type to be advertised as useful, legitimate. However, it is useless to its users and designed only to display ads, change browser settings and/or gather browsing-related or even sensitive information. As mentioned in the first paragraph, usually users download and install adware (and browser hijacker) unknowingly.

How did GenerationUpdater install on my computer?

It is common that adware, browser hijackers and PAUs of other types are distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - by including such apps in download and/or installation setups of other programs. Usually, offers to download and/or install included apps can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes that certain setups have. Users download and/or install PUAs when they leave those settings unchanged. In some cases users download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. Typically, such ads are displayed on dubious pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to check "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other settings (or checkboxes) for unwanted offers before completing downlaods and installations . Also, it is advised not to download (and/or install) software through untrustworthy, unofficial websites, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, installers, etc. Apps should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct links. Advertisements displayed on shady pages should not be clicked - they either open potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Additionally, there should not be any unwanted, suspicious extension, plug-in or add-on is installed on a web browser, or apps of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with GenerationUpdater, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once GenerationUpdater installation is over:

generationupdater adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

GenerationUpdater's Contents folder:

generationupdater adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove GenerationUpdater adware using Combo Cleaner:

GenerationUpdater adware removal:

Remove GenerationUpdater-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 generationupdater 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 GenerationUpdater removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by generationupdater 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 generationupdater 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 generationupdater 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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