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How to remove the DominantCommand application?

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

How to remove DominantCommand from Mac?

What is DominantCommand?

DominantCommand generates ads and promotes a fake search engine (by modifying browser settings). Therefore, this app is adware and a browser hijacker. It is important to mention that apps like DominantCommand can be capable of accessing sensitive information. Both adware-type apps and browser hijackers are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) because users rarely download and install them unknowingly.

DominantCommand adware

Adware is a type of software that generates revenue for its developer by displaying banners, pop-up ads, surveys, coupons, or other advertisements. It is common that those ads are used to advertise shady websites, questionable software. Although, they can open those pages (or cause unwanted downloads, installations) only after being clicked. It is worthwhile to mention that ads can be designed to cause downloads or even installations by designing them to execute certain scripts. Browser hijackers change the settings of a hijacked browser to promote a certain fake search engine. Usually, they change the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. In other words, they make sure that a hijacked browser would open a certain address each time a user enters a search query into the URL bar or opens a new window (or tab). Changes made by a browser hijacker can be reversed when a browser hijacker is not installed anymore. Therefore, in order to remove the address of a fake search engine that the DominantCommand app promotes from settings, it is necessary to uninstall this app first.

As mentioned in the first paragraph, apps like DominantCommand can be designed to gather various data. They often target IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses if visited (opened) websites, geolocations, and (or) other browsing-related information. However, there are adware-type apps that can read personal information. For example, passwords, credit card details. Depending on the gathered data, individuals behind apps like DominantCommand could misuse it for marketing purposes, sell it to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), use it to access and hijack personal accounts, steal identities, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, etc. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to have apps like DominantCommand installed on a browser and the operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DominantCommand
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (.service) Avast (MacOS:Agent-MT [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Agent-MT [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (.system) Avast (MacOS:Agent-MT [Trj]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Generic.21025), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), 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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What most adware-type apps and browser hijackers have in common is that users download and install them unintentionally, and these apps are useless to their users. Even if their developers advertise them as legitimate and useful apps. In other words, apps like DominantCommand are designed to generate revenue for their developers and can cause their users various issues. More examples of apps like DominantCommand are EssentialType, RecordMapper, and ConfigType.

How did DominantCommand install on my computer?

In some cases, users download or install applications like DominantCommand through deceptive advertisements: by clicking on ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. Although, more often, users cause it during downloads or installations of other programs. More precisely, when PUAs are bundled together with other programs (when such apps are integrated into downloaders or installers as additional offers). Usually, users can decline unwanted offers using available checkboxes or via "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced", or other settings that downloaders, installers have. Users agree to download or install unwanted apps when they finish downloading, installing certain programs without checking (and changing) the settings mentioned above.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and using direct links. Other sources can be used to distribute unwanted applications. For example, various third-party downloaders (and installers), unofficial pages, free file hosting pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule). Downloaders and installers that have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings of this kind should be checked for bundled applications, and those applications should be opted out before completing downloads, installations. Also, it is recommended not to click on ads if they appear on questionable websites - they can open other pages of this kind or execute scripts designed to download (or even install) unwanted software. Unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) installed on a browser and software of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. If your computer is already infected with DominantCommand, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Text in the pop-up window that may appear while DominantCommand is installed:

"DominantCommandd" will damage your computer.
 
This file was downloaded on an unknown date.
 
OK
 
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DominantCommand detected as malicious on VirusTotal:

dominantcommand adware virustotal detections

Delusive application installer promoting DominantCommand adware:

Delusive installer used to promote DominantCommand adware

Delusive application installer promoting DominantCommand adware (second installation step):

dominantcommand adware installer step 2

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

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

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

DominantCommand adware removal:

Remove DominantCommand-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 dominantcommand 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.

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

Ads by DominantCommand removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by dominantcommand 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 dominantcommand 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 dominantcommand 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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