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How to uninstall the ExtendedSprint adware from your operating system?

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

How to remove ExtendedSprint adware from Mac?

What is ExtendedSprint?

ExtendedSprint is an adware-type application with browser hijacker qualities. It operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns and modifies browsers to promote illegitimate search engines. Hence, with this app installed, users are presented with various misleading/malicious ads and experience redirects. Furthermore, adware and browser hijackers typically collect browsing-related information. Due to the dubious techniques used to distribute ExtendedSprint, it is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). It is noteworthy that this application has been observed being proliferated via fake Adobe Flash Player updates, which are employed to spread not only PUAs but also malware (e.g., trojans, ransomware, etc.).

ExtendedSprint adware detections on VirusTotal

Adware delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and other intrusive adverts. They severely cripple the browsing experience by overlaying webpage content and slowing down the browsing speed. Additionally, these advertisements pose a threat to device/user safety. Once clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to untrustworthy/dangerous sites and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).

Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs - to illegitimate web searcher addresses. Therefore, new browser tabs/windows opened and web searches done via the URL bar - redirect to tthe promoted search engine's address. Fake web searchers are seldom able to generate search results (even if they can, the results are inaccurate and promote harmful content). Hence, these search engines tend to redirect (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate ones. Browser hijackers can reset any changes made to the browsers and/or restrict access to the browser settings; thereby making hijacked browser recovery impossible - unless the software affecting it is removed.

Most PUAs have data tracking abilities, and this likely applies to ExtendedSprint. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geolocations, and even personally identifiable details. PUA developers share and/or sell this sensitive data to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, unwanted software can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft. To protect device integrity and user privacy, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ExtendedSprint
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-MT [Trj]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Generic.19832), Emsisoft (Adware.MAC.Generic.19832 (B)), 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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UnitHandlerMicroClickPortalAgent, and RunningUpdater are some examples of other apps within the adware classification. They appear legitimate and offer various functionalities. However, despite how handy the promised features may sound - they are usually nonoperational. In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate profit at user expense. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advert campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects, and gather private information.

How did ExtendedSprint install on my computer?

PUAs are spread via download/installation setups of other programs. This false marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing dubious/bundled content into the device. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs; upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission. These applications may have "official" promotional/download sites as well.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to research software products before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and harmless; however, they redirect to various unreliable and questionable webpages (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, and so on). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with ExtendedSprint, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed when ExtendedSprint adware is installed:

ExtendedSprint adware warning pop-up

Text presented in this pop-up:

"ExtendedSprintd" will damage your computer.

This file was downloaded on an unknown date.

 

OK

Show in Finder

Delusive installer (fake Flash Player updater) promoting ExtendedSprint adware;

First installation step:

Delusive installer used to promote ExtendedSprint adware (step 1)

Second installation step:

Delusive installer used to promote ExtendedSprint adware (step 2)

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like ExtendedSprint 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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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware ExtendedSprint adware using Combo Cleaner:

ExtendedSprint adware removal:

Remove ExtendedSprint-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 extendedsprint 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 ExtendedSprint removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by extendedsprint 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 extendedsprint 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 extendedsprint 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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