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How to uninstall the OriginalUnitValue unwanted application?

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

How to remove OriginalUnitValue from Mac?

What is OriginalUnitValue?

Research shows that the installer for the OriginalUnitValue application is disguised as the installer for Adobe Flash Player. In other words, this app is distributed through a fake installer. It is uncommon for apps like OriginalUnitValue to be downloaded and installed by users on purpose. Therefore, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). The main purpose of OriginalUnitValue is to generate advertisements and change browser settings to promote a fake search engine (its address). It is designed to function both as adware and a browser hijacker. In most cases, apps of this type are designed to display ads and open unwanted addresses and collect information related to web browsing activities and (or) other details as well.

OriginalUnitValue adware

Some examples of advertisements that adware-type apps like OriginalUnitValue display are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. It is common that ads displayed by adware cover the contents of visited websites. Another issue with those ads is that they can be used to advertise untrustworthy websites, for example, scam pages used to extract personal information. Also, those ads can be designed to download or install other unwanted apps by running certain scripts. For these reasons, it is advisable not to trust any ads that adware-type apps like OriginalUnitValue generate. Furthermore, the OriginalUnitValue app functions as a browser hijacker. It hijacks browsers by changing their settings so that users would be forced to visit a certain address when they open a browser, new browser tab or enter search queries into the URL bar. More precisely, OriginalUnitValue modifies settings such as the address of a homepage, new tab, and default search engine. Usually, apps like OriginalUnitValue promote fake search engines that generate misleading results (promote shady websites) or show results generated by legitimate search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing. Either way, search engines that apps like OriginalUnitValue promote should never be used. It is noteworthy that the address of a fake search engine cannot be removed from the settings of a browser as long as the app that promotes it is installed on it (or the operating system).

One more issue with apps like OriginalUnitValue is that they can be designed to gather details like user's IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. Moreover, they can be designed to record personal details (e.g., credit card details, passwords, and other sensitive information) as well. Depending on the collected data, it could be misused to steal personal accounts, commit identity fraud, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, or monetized in other ways. Also, it could be sold to third parties (potentially cybercriminals). These are the main reasons why applications like OriginalUnitValue should never be installed on browsers or computers.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OriginalUnitValue
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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In conclusion, potentially unwanted applications like OriginalUnitValue are designed to display unwanted advertisements and persuade users to use one or another fake search engine. Additionally, they tend to be designed to gather browsing-related information and sometimes even sensitive details. More examples of apps like OriginalUnitValue are MainBoardSearch, OriginalTechSearch, and UltraSearchApp. As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, these apps are called potentially unwanted applications because their developers use deceptive methods to trick users into downloading and installing them.

How did OriginalUnitValue install on my computer?

As mentioned in the introduction, the OriginalUnitValue potentially unwanted application is distributed through a fake installer. More precisely, developers use an installer that is designed to look like the installer for Adobe Flash Player to trick users into installing the OriginalUnitValue app. It is important to know that third-party, fake installers can be used to trick users into infecting their computers with ransomware, some trojans, or other malware. One more popular way to trick users into downloading or installing PUAs is to distribute them by using a "bundling" method. In other words, to integrate PUAs in downloaders, installers of other programs as extra offers. As a rule, such offers can be found (and declined) in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings, or by unticking ticked checkboxes that those downloaders, installers have. When users download or install programs that are bundled with PUAs without changing those settings, they agree to download or install those bundled apps too. Sometimes users download or install PUAs through deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download applications App Store or other trustworthy sources like official websites. Other sources, channels like third-party downloaders (and installers), unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), and so on should not be used - they can be used to distribute potentially malicious apps. Also, it is advisable to check downloaders and installers for offers to download or install potentially unwanted applications. Especially if they have settings like "Advanced", "Custom", or some ticked checkboxes. Additionally, it is recommended not to click any advertisements that appear on dubious pages. It is common that users who click on those ads open untrustworthy websites. Sometimes they cause unwanted downloads or even installations. Any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with OriginalUnitValue, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to OriginalUnitValue adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalUnitValue/OriginalUnitValue
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalUnitValueDaemon/OriginalUnitValue
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.OriginalUnitValue.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.OriginalUnitValueDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the OriginalUnitValue 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 "OriginalUnitValue" 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 browser hijacker/adware.

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OriginalUnitValue adware removal:

Remove OriginalUnitValue-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 originalunitvalue 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.

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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 OriginalUnitValue removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by originalunitvalue 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 originalunitvalue 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 originalunitvalue 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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