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How to uninstall the IndexerProject adware from your operating system?

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

What is IndexerProject?

IndexerProject is a piece of rogue software categorized as adware. It also has browser hijacker qualities.

Following successful installation, this app runs intrusive advert campaigns and promotes fake search engines (through modifications to browser settings). Additionally, IndexerProject has data tracking abilities.

Most adware-types and browser hijackers are installed inadvertently; hence, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

IndexerProject adware

IndexerProject adware in detail

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, and other intrusive advertisements - on any visited website and/or different interfaces. The displayed ads are more than just a minor nuisance; they seriously cripple the browsing experience and endanger device/user safety.

Intrusive adverts overlay webpage content and slow down the browsing speed. Furthermore, they promote sale-oriented, rogue, untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, and malicious sites.

Some of these advertisements can infiltrate software (e.g., PUAs) into devices - when they are triggered (by being clicked on).

Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, new tab/window, and default search engine URLs - to fake web searcher addresses. Hence, with such a piece of software installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted search engine.

Illegitimate web searchers are rarely able to provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other genuine ones.

Browser hijackers can undo any changes users try to make to their browsers, and/or they restrict access to the browser's settings outright. Therefore, restoring a hijacked browser is impossible without removing the software affecting it.

IndexerProject can track data, which is typical of adware and browser hijackers. Targeted data includes: browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so on.

The collected data is then monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Therefore, it is strongly advised to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by IndexerProject
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Generic.22694), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.F), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h), 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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Adware in general

FlexibleSearchSearchConsoleWebSearchStrideTypeInitiator, and FileDisplay are some examples of apps within the adware category.

This software typically appears legitimate and offers various "handy" functionalities. However, the features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.

In fact, practically all PUAs use fake functions to lure users into download/installation and/or purchase. The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects, and collect private data.

How did IndexerProject install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via downloaders/installers of other programs. This deceptive marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps, used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.

Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs have "official" promotional/download sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free-file hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer bundled and/or harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so forth.

Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).

In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. If your computer is already infected with IndexerProject, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once IndexerProject adware's installation is over:

Pop-up displayed once IndexerProject installation is complete

IndexerProject adware's installation folder:

IndexerProject adware install folder

IndexerProject adware installed onto the Safari browser:

IndexerProject adware installed onto Safari

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove IndexerProject adware using Combo Cleaner:

IndexerProject adware removal:

Remove IndexerProject-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 indexerproject 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 IndexerProject removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by indexerproject 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 indexerproject 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 indexerproject 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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