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How to uninstall the AnalyzerWindow adware from your operating system?

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

What is AnalyzerWindow?

AnalyzerWindow is a piece of rogue software that is categorized as adware. This application has browser hijacker qualities as well. It operates by running intrusive advert campaigns (i.e., delivers various ads) and promotes fake search engines by making modifications to browser settings.

Additionally, adware-types and browser hijackers typically spy on users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable methods used to spread such apps, they are classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). AnalyzerWindow has been observed being distributed via fake Adobe Flash Player updates.

It is worth mentioning that illegitimate software updaters/installers proliferate not only PUAs but also trojans, ransomware, and other malware.

Pop-up displayed when AnalyzerWindow adware is present

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and other advertisements) - typically on any visited website. The delivered adverts seriously diminish the browsing experience as they limit webpage visibility and browsing speed.

Once clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to untrustworthy/malicious 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.

Hence, with a browser hijacker installed: every new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted search engine's address. Fake web searchers are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines.

Furthermore, browser hijackers can restrict/deny access to browser settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. Therefore, restoring a hijacked browser is impossible without eliminating the software affecting it. Most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) have data tracking abilities.

They can monitor browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). The collected data likely contains personally identifiable information as well.

What is more, PUA developers monetize this information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices - can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AnalyzerWindow
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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DefaultToolOpticalUpdater, and StandBoost are a couple examples of other adware-type apps. They appear ordinary and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation with a broad range of "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, the features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.

In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. Functionality and user privacy are irrelevant, as the sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, modify browsers, cause redirects, and gather vulnerable data.

How did AnalyzerWindow install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other products. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing technique - packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions.

Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install these applications.

Some PUAs also have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to research products before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer harmful and/or bundled content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate; 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 checked and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with AnalyzerWindow, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Text presented in the pop-up displayed when AnalyzerWindow adware is installed:

"AnalyzerWindowd" will damage your computer.

 

This file was downloaded on an unknown date.

 

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

First installation step:

Delusive installer (fake updater) used to promote AnalyzerWindow adware (step 1)

Second installation step:

Delusive installer (fake updater) used to promote AnalyzerWindow adware (step 2)

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like AnalyzerWindow 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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AnalyzerWindow adware removal:

Remove AnalyzerWindow-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 adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

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Global malware activity level today:

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