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How to uninstall OriginalGrowthSystem and other apps of this kind?

Also Known As: Ads by OriginalGrowthSystem
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove OriginalGrowthSystem from Mac?

What is OriginalGrowthSystem?

The main purpose of the OriginalGrowthSystem is to generate advertisements and promote a fake search engine. Therefore, this app can be classified both as adware and a browser hijacker. Most users download and install them unknowingly, for this reason they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Typically, users download and install PUAs unintentionally because apps of this kind are distributed using deceptive methods. It is known that OriginalGrowthSystem is distributed by disguising its installer as the installer for the Adobe Flash Player.

OriginalGrowthSystem adware

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, OriginalGrowthSystem is designed to generate advertisements. Usually, these apps feed users with unwanted, annoying banners, surveys, pop-up ads, coupons, and so on. Another problem with those ads is that most of the times they are used to promote dubious web pages and can even be designed to download, install unwanted software by executing certain scripts. Therefore, ads that OriginalGrowthSystem or any other similar app generates should not be trusted. Also, it is known that this app changes browser settings to promote a fake search engine (its address). As a rule, a browser is considered to be hijacked when an app like OriginalGrowthSystem changes the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab to an address of some fake search engine. The main purpose of these changes is to make users visit a specific address when they open a browser, new tab, and enter search queries into the URL bar. It is important to mention that fake search engines can generate misleading results (promote shad websites) and include unwanted ads in their results. Usually, changes made by an app like OriginalGrowthSystem can be undone when it is no longer installed.

One more detail about adware-type apps, browser hijackers is that they often are designed to collect geolocations, Internet Protocol addresses, enter search queries, URLs of visited sites, and other browsing-related data. In some cases, they gather sensitive information (e.g., credit card details, telephone numbers, passwords). In such cases, gathered information may be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals), used for marketing purposes, or monetized using other methods. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to have apps of this type installed on web browsers or computers. Users who have apps that can access sensitive data are likely to become victims of identity theft, lose access to personal accounts, suffer monetary loss, or encounter other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OriginalGrowthSystem
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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There are many apps like OriginalGrowthSystem, some examples are SearchForWords, PublicConsoleSearch, and WebSearchUpgrade. As a rule, they generate revenue for their developers by displaying advertisements and promoting shady websites. In other words, apps like OriginalGrowthSystem are not only useless to their users but can be the culprit behind various issues. Therefore, apps of this type should never be trusted (downloaded and installed).

How did OriginalGrowthSystem install on my computer?

It is known that the installer for OriginalGrowthSystem is disguised as an installer that is supposed to install Adobe Flash Player. It is important not to use third-party, unofficial installers. Most of them are fake and can be used to distribute malicious software (e.g., ransomware, a trojan). Another way to trick users into downloading or installing potentially unwanted applications is to bundle them with other programs. In such cases, PUAs are integrated into downloaders or installers for other programs as additional offers. Users can decline offers to download or install those apps via "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings (or via checkboxes). When users finish downloads and installations without changing those settings, they agree to download and install bundled applications too. One more deceptive way to distribute PUAs is through deceptive advertisements. More precisely, to design ads to run certain scripts after they are clicked. Usually, ads of this type appear on questionable websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications and files should not be downloaded (or installed) through, from unofficial websites, third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), or using other channels of this kind. They should be downloaded from official websites, App Store and using direct links. Downloaders and installers with settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be checked for offers to download or install additional software. Any unwanted offers should be declined before finishing downloads and installations. Ads displayed on shady websites should not be clicked. Those ads can be designed to open untrustworthy websites or cause undesired downloads, installations. Any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a web browser should be removed. The same should be applied to programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with OriginalGrowthSystem, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalGrowthSystem/OriginalGrowthSystem
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalGrowthSystemDaemon/OriginalGrowthSystem
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.OriginalGrowthSystem.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.OriginalGrowthSystemDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the OriginalGrowthSystem website are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles"

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote pavadinimas (Step 1)

2) Select the "OriginalGrowthSystem" profile and delete it.

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote pavadinimas (Step 2)

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware/browser hijacker.

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OriginalGrowthSystem adware removal:

Remove OriginalGrowthSystem-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 originalgrowthsystem 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 OriginalGrowthSystem removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by originalgrowthsystem 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 originalgrowthsystem 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 originalgrowthsystem 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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