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How to get rid of the StandartProduct adware?

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

How to remove StandartProduct from Mac?

What is StandartProduct?

Most users download and install apps like StandartProduct accidentally because of the deceptive methods used to distribute those apps. It is known that StandartProduct is distributed using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Apps that users download and install unknowingly can be called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). StandartProduct displays advertisements, promotes a fake search engine (its address) and probably collects some data relating to browsing activities, or other information. This app functions both as adware and a browser hijacker.

StandartProduct adware

In most cases, advertising-supported applications display advertisements within a web browser and conceal the contents of opened pages. Also, they open untrustworthy pages when users click on them. Although, apps of this type can serve ads that are capable of downloading or even installing other unwanted apps. In such cases, those ads execute certain scripts to cause unwanted download or installation. A couple of examples of ads that apps like StandartProduct generate are banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads. As mentioned in the first paragraph, StandartProduct functions not only as adware but also as a browser hijacker: it changes some of the browser's settings to promote a fake search engine. Usually, apps of this type change the address of a homepage, new tab, and default search engine to an address of a fake search engine. Search engines promoted through browser hijackers show results generated by some other (often legitimate) search engine or generate misleading results, display ads. Typically, there is no way to remove the address of a fake search engine from the settings of a hijacked browser as long as the app promoting it is installed on a browser (or the operating system).

One more common issue with apps like StandartProduct is that they can be capable of accessing (collecting) browsing data like Internet Protocol addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, etc.) or even sensitive information that may include passwords, credit card details, or other personal data. Their developers could sell obtained data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or monetize it in other ways. In one way or another, it is not safe to have apps like StandartProduct installed on a browser or a computer.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by StandartProduct
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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.
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In conclusion, adware, browser hijackers, or other PUAs can cause various issues, from privacy breaches to monetary loss. Moreover, most of these apps are completely useless to their users. Their main purpose is to generate revenue for their developers. Therefore, users who have installed some adware (or other PUA) on their computers or browsers should get rid of it as soon as possible. More adware examples are UniversalToolSearch, LauncherSetup, and DefaultExplorer.

How did StandartProduct install on my computer?

As mentioned in the introduction, in order to trick users into installing the StandartProduct application its developers distribute it using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer that is available for download on some deceptive, potentially malicious website. It is important to know that fake installers can be designed to install ransomware, Trojans or other malware. Also, unwanted downloads and installations often are caused through downloaders and installers other software - when PAUs are bundled with other programs. Typically, users can find and decline unwanted offers in "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings or checkboxes and do it before finishing downloads, installations. However, not all users check and change those settings and by not doing so they agree to offers to download or install included PUAs together with wanted programs. Sometimes users cause such downloads or installations by clicking on deceptive advertisements that are capasble of running certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advisable to download software from official websites via direct links. Unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule, and so on), third-party downloaders (and installers), and other similar channels can be used to distribute PAUs or even malicious programs. Also, it is recommended to avoid clicking on advertisements, especially the ones appearing on questionable websites. Those ads can be designed to run scripts that would download or even install unwanted apps or simply open shady pages. Additionally, it is advisable to check downloaders and installers for available settings and see if they can be used to dismiss offers to download or install bundled applications. It is also recommended to regularly check what apps are installed on a browser and remove all unwanted extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins, and do the same with programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with StandartProduct, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Text in a pop-up that is likely to appear while StandartProduct is present:

"StandartProduct" will damage your computer.
This file was downloaded on an unknown date.
 
OK
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Deceptive installer used to distribute StandartProduct adware (first installation step):

standartproduct adware installer step 1

Delusive application installer used to distribute StandartProduct adware (second installation step):

standartproduct adware installer step 2

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like StandartProduct 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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Video showing how to remove StandartProduct adware using Combo Cleaner:

StandartProduct adware removal:

Remove StandartProduct-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 standartproduct 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 StandartProduct removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by standartproduct 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 standartproduct 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 standartproduct 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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