How to get rid of the AnalyzerDivision unwanted app?

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

How to remove AnalyzerDivision from Mac?

What is AnalyzerDivision?

AnalyzerDivision is designed to display advertisements and promote a fake search engine (its address). This app functions as adware and a browser hijacker. It is noteworthy that AnalyzerDivision can be designed to collect user's information as well. It is not common for adware and other software of this kind to be downloaded and installed by users intentionally, for this reason, AnalyzerDivision is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

AnalyzerDivision adware

In many cases, adware generates advertisements that are used to promote (open) questionable pages or even distribute (download, install) unwanted software. Therefore, it is strongly advised to avoid clicking ads that apps like AnalyzerDivision display. Some examples of ads that such apps generate are banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys. It is worthwhile to mention that those ads can be very annoying, they can cover the contents of visited pages, user interface. Furthermore, it is known that AnalyzerDivision promotes a fake search engine/functions as a browser hijacker. It changes the browser's settings such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab to force users to visit a certain address when they enter search queries into the URL bar, open a browser or new tab. Typically, users can undo the changes made by a browser hijacker only when it is no longer installed on the browser (or the operating system).

Furthermore, it is common that apps like AnalyzerDivision are designed to gather information like entered search queries, geolocations, Internet Protocol addresses, browsing history, and other details of this kind. Although, sometimes they can access passwords, credit card details, and other sensitive information. What is worse, if adware developers would misuse collected information to generate revenue (e.g., they would sell data to third parties), then they could cause users browsing safety, online privacy problems. Moreover, it is possible that in some cases gathered information could be used to steal identities, personal accounts, and for other malicious purposes.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AnalyzerDivision
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, AnalyzerDivision is a potentially unwanted application that not only generates ads but also to changes browser's settings and possibly collects certain information. As a rule, such software is completely useless to its user and designed only to generate revenue for its developer. Therefore, it is strongly advisable not to have apps of this type installed on a browser or computer. More adware examples are TechnologyMain, UpdaterSync and ProcessBrand.

How did AnalyzerDivision install on my computer?

Very often adware-type applications are bundled together with other programs, mainly free ones. In other words, it is common for PUAs to be distributed by including them in download and installation setups of other programs. Users always can decline unwanted offers before finishing downloads and installations. Usually, it can be done through "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes. When users download and install programs without changing default settings, they agree to download and install bundled apps too. Sometimes PUAs are distributed through deceptive ads. Users download or install such apps by clicking ads that are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not finish downloads, installations without checking if a downloader or installer has any settings (like "Advanced", "Custom") or checkboxes that could be used to decline unwanted offers. Also, do not use unreliable sources for software downloading, for example, unofficial sites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule (or other P2P networks), third party downloaders, and so on. The same applies to third party installers. Download software only from legitimate, official pages and via direct links. Additionally, avoid clicking on ads that shady websites have displayed on them. Those ads can be designed to open malicious pages or download, install unwanted software. Make sure that there are no unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a web browser or programs of this kin installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with AnalyzerDivision, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up that appears after the installation:

analyzerdivision adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

AnalyzerDivision's Contents folder:

analyzerdivision adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove AnalyzerDivision adware using Combo Cleaner:

AnalyzerDivision adware removal:

Remove AnalyzerDivision-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 analyzerdivision 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 AnalyzerDivision removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by analyzerdivision 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 analyzerdivision 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 analyzerdivision 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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