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How to uninstall SearchConsole adware?

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

What is SearchConsole adware?

SearchConsole is the name of an application that generates advertisements, changes affected web browser's settings, and possibly collects information about its users. This app has a functionality of an adware-type app and a browser hijacker.

SearchConsole adware

SearchConsole adware in detail

Typically, the main purpose of adware-type applications like SearchConsole is to display advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, and so on). It is common for those ads to promote questionable websites or even distribute unwanted applications.

In some cases, advertisements displayed by adware can be designed to execute certain scripts and start downloading or even installing unwanted applications. In one way or another, it is strongly recommended not to click ads generated by SearchConsole or similar applications.

As mentioned in the introduction paragraph, SearchConsole modifies browser's settings - it changes the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab to an address of a fake search engine. These changes can be undone only when SearchConsole is no longer installed.

It is worth mentioning that search engines promoted by browser hijackers can generate results containing links to untrustworthy websites, unwanted advertisements. Therefore, it is recommended to browse the web using a legitimate search engine, for example, Google or Yahoo.

Additionally, it is likely that SearchConsole is designed to collect browsing-related information, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries. There is a possibility that it can access sensitive information like credit card details, passwords, as well.

The information gathered by an app like SearchConsole could be misused for marketing purposes, to steal identities, personal accounts, etc. Therefore, it is highly advisable not to have apps like SearchConsole installed on the operating system (or a browser).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SearchConsole
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.l), 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.
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Similarities with other adware

Usually, applications like SearchConsole are monetized by designing them to generate advertisements, promote questionable websites, and (or) collecting various data. More adware examples are NetworkSync, AccessibleTask, and DesignDefault.

It is uncommon for apps of this type to be downloaded and installed intentionally. For this reason, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

How did SearchConsole install on my computer?

It is known that SearchConsole is distributed using a fake installer that looks like the installer for Adobe Flash Player. Typically, fake installers are promoted via deceptive websites. It is important to know that they can be used to distribute malware (e.g., ransomware).

Another popular way to distribute potentially unwanted applications is to bundle them with other programs. In such cases, PUAs are included in downloaders, installers as optional offers.

Users download and install PUAs together with other programs when they do not change settings in downloaders, installers. In most cases, unwanted offers can be declined via "Advanced", "Manual", "Custom" or other settings, or by unticking checkboxes.

In other cases, users unintentionally cause unwanted downloads or installations by clicking deceptive advertisements. They cause it by clicking ads designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications should never be downloaded or installed via third-party downloaders or installers, Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, unofficial websites, and other questionasble sources, tools. It is recommended to download apps from legitimate pages, platforms like App Store.

Downloaders and installers with "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings or checkboxes should be checked for optional applications. Unwanted offers should be declined before finishing downloads, installations.

Advertisements on shady websites (e.g., pages related to gambling, adult dating, pornography) should not be clicked as well. It is common for those advertisements to be designed to open untrustworthy websites or download, install unwanted applications by running certain scripts.

Unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and apps of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with SearchConsole, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

List of SearchConsole's files that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchConsole/SearchConsole
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchConsoleDaemon/SearchConsole
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.SearchConsole.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.SearchConsoleDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the SearchConsole adware 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 "SearchConsole" 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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Video showing how to remove SearchConsole adware using Combo Cleaner:

SearchConsole adware removal:

Remove SearchConsole-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 searchconsole 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 SearchConsole removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by searchconsole 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 searchconsole 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 searchconsole 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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