How to uninstall the TechnologyMain unwanted application?

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

How to remove TechnologyMain from Mac?

What is TechnologyMain?

TechnologyMain is the name of a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that generates revenue for its developers by displaying advertisements, promoting the address of a fake search engine, and collecting data. This PUA functions as adware and a browser hijacker. Typically, users download and install apps like TechnologyMain unknowingly. That is why it is called a PUA.

TechnologyMain adware

It is not safe to click ads that apps like TechnologyMain display because very often their ads are used to promote untrustworthy pages, sometimes even to distribute (download or install) unwanted, potentially malicious software (those ads can be designed to cause unwanted downloads, installations by executing certain scripts). Examples of ads that applications like TechnologyMain generate are banners, surveys, coupons, pop-up ads. Another problem with TechnologyMain is that it changes the browser's settings to promote the address of a fake search engine. It sets that address as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab to force users to visit it when they enter search queries into the URL bar, open a browser, or new tab. Usually, fake search engines show results generated by other (legitimate) search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing. However, fake search engines can be used to promote untrustworthy pages by including their addresses in search results as well. It is important to mention that the address of a fake search engine cannot be removed from the browser's settings unless users uninstall the app (in this case, TechnologyMain) that has changed those settings.

One more reason not to have applications like TechnologyMain installed on browsers or computers is that they can be designed to gather browsing data (such as Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, etc.) or even sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, or other personal data. Their developers could sell user's data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or monetize them in another way. This could lead to identity theft, compromise online privacy, browsing safety, or other problems.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TechnologyMain
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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To summarize, adware developers are the only ones who benefit from it. In other words, software of this type is useless to its users and can cause them various issues. It is worthwhile to mention that adware can have an impact on computer's performance, browsing experience. In one way or another, if there is any adware installed on a browser or the operating system, then it should be removed. More adware examples are OriginalModule, UpdaterSync and ProcessBrand. As mentioned in the first paragraph, it is not common for such apps to be downloaded and installed by users on purpose.

How did TechnologyMain install on my computer?

It is common that third-party applications (adware-type apps, browser hijackers, and other PUAs) are distributed by bundling them with legitimate programs. More precisely, by including those apps in download and installation setups of other programs as additional offers. Typically, users can decline unwanted offers before finishing downloads and installations via "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or other settings. When users download and install programs without checking and changing those settings (without checking if their setups contain bundled apps), they download and install offered PUAs too. Sometimes PUAs are distributed through deceptive ads by designing those ads to run certain scripts. Users download or install unwanted apps by clicking those ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloads and installations should be finished only after checking "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings (or checkboxes) and seeing if they can be used to decline unwanted offers. Applications (and files) should be downloaded from official pages and via direct links. Sources such as third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial pages, etc., are not trustworthy. It is important to mention that it is not safe to use third party installers as well. Furthermore, advertisements that appear on dubious sites should not be clicked. Quite often, those ads are designed to promote untrustworthy websites or distribute (download or even install) unwanted apps. Also, it is strongly advisable not to have any unknown, unwanted and/or suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser or apps of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with TechnologyMain, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once TechnologyMain installation is over:

technologymain adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

TechnologyMain's Contents folder:

technologymain adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove TechnologyMain adware using Combo Cleaner:

TechnologyMain adware removal:

Remove TechnologyMain-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 technologymain 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 TechnologyMain removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by technologymain 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 technologymain 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 technologymain 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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