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How to get rid of the StandBoost adware?

Also Known As: Ads by StandBoost
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is StandBoost?

StandBoost is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that serves advertisements and promotes a fake search engine. It may collect browsing data or other information too. This application functions as adware and a browser hijacker. It is called a PUA because most users download and install apps of this type unknowingly.

It is known that StandBoost is distributed by disguising its installer as the installer for the Adobe Flash Player.

StandBoost adware

Typically, users who have an app like StandBoost installed on a browser or the operating system are forced to see advertisements while they are browsing the Internet. Usually, adware-type apps serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, or other ads.

In one way or another, most of the ads that apps like StandBoost serve are used to promote various untrustworthy websites. In some cases, they are used to distribute unwanted software: once clicked, they can execute scripts designed to download or even install unwanted software.

Either way, it is not safe to click on ads that appear because of installed adware. Also, StandBoost changes the browser's settings to promote a fake search engine. Usually, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by altering settings such as the address of a homepage, new tab, and default search engine.

They make sure that users would visit a specific address/use a fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. Fake search engines generate misleading results or display results generated by another search engine.

Typically, users have to uninstall a browser hijacker so they could remove a fake search engine (its address) from the browser settings. Furthermore, it is very common for apps like StandBoost to be designed to gather data relating to web browsing activities.

For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, or other details. Nevertheless, there are apps like StandBoost that can read sensitive information as well, including passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details.

It means that there is a risk for users to encounter problems like monetary loss, loss of access to personal accounts, issues with online privacy, browsing safety, etc. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to have StandBoost, or other adware/browser hijacker installed on a browser or computer.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by StandBoost
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 examples of apps that function as adware are OperativeUnit, SkilledPanelSearch, and AdvancedSprint. Typically, their purpose is to display various advertisements. However, they often gather various browsing-related and other details and promote some fake search engines as well.

In one way or another, apps like StandBoost are not useful to their users in any way and designed only to generate revenue for their developers. As mentioned in the introduction, they are called PUAs because users do not download and installed them on purpose.

How did StandBoost install on my computer?

StandBoost is distributed through a deceptive installer that looks similar to the installer for Adobe Flash Player. It is common for such installers to be used to distribute malware, such as ransomware, Trojan-type malware. Another deceptive way to promote unwanted apps is to use a "bundling" method.

In such cases, PUAs can be found in downloaders, installers for other (mainly free) programs. Usually, offers to download, install extra apps can be declined via "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings or by unticking checkboxes. When users leave those settings unchanged, they agree to download or install bundled apps.

Sometimes PUAs can be downloaded or even installed by clicking advertisements. Although, only when ads are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications or files should not be used or opened if they have been downloaded from unofficial websites, through Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third-party downloaders, etc., or installed through third-party installers. It is advisable to trust downloads from official pages (and platforms like App Store) only.

Furthermore, downloaders and installers that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be checked for offers to download or install unwanted software. In other words, it is advisable not to finish downloads, installations without being sure whether downloaders, installers are bundled with some PUAs or not.

One more way to avoid unwanted downloads, installations is not to click op ads that shady pages have on them. It is common for those ads to be designed to open questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations.

If some unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons are already installed on a browser, or programs of this kind are installed on the operating system, then they should be removed. If your computer is already infected with StandBoost, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Text in the pop-up window that is likely to appear while StandBoost is installed:

"StandBoostd" will damage your computer.

This file was downloaded on an unknown date.

Screenshot of the fake installer used to distribute StandBoost (first installation step):

standboost adware installer step 1

Screenshot of the fake installer used to distribute StandBoost (second installation step):

standboost adware installer step 2

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like StandBoost 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 StandBoost adware using Combo Cleaner:

StandBoost adware removal:

Remove StandBoost-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 standboost 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 StandBoost removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by standboost 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 standboost 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 standboost 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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