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How to uninstall RemoteView adware?

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

What is RemoteView?

RemoteView generates revenue for its developer by generating advertisements. Software that displays unwanted advertisements is called adware. It is uncommon for apps of this type to be downloaded and installed knowingly, intentionally. Apps that users download and install unknowingly are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

Usually, PUAs are distributed in questionable ways. For example, through fake installers. It is important to mention that RemoteView can read sensitive information. Also, it changes web browser settings to promote a fake search engine. In other words, it functions as a browser hijacker.

RemoteView adware

RemoteView in detail

Typically, apps like RemoteView display ads through banners, pop-up windows, coupons, or other forms. It is not recommended to click ads displayed by an app like RemoteView - adware can show untrustworthy ads designed to open potentially malicious websites or to run certain scripts to cause unexpected downloads, installations.

As mentioned in the introduction, RemoteView can read sensitive information from websites. More precisely, this app can read passwords, phone numbers, credit card details (and possibly other data). Data collected by apps like RemoteView may be sold to third parties, used to hijack online accounts, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal identities.

It is worth mentioning that apps like RemoteView often are designed to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, visited websites, and other information related to browsing habits. In one way or another, it is not safe to have PUAs that collect information installed on web browsers or computers - it could lead to various problems.

Additionally, RemoteView changes web browser settings such as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. This app changes them to an address of a fake search engine. Typically, fake search engines show results generated by other (legitimate or untrustworthy) search engines.

In order to revert the aforementioned changes it is necessary to uninstall a browser hijacker (in this case, RemoteView). It is because apps of this type often are designed to keep their settings unchangeable while they are installed. Instructions on how to remove apps of this kind are provided below.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by RemoteView
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.F), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.j), Full List (VirusTotal)
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-type apps in general

In conclusion, the main purpose of adware is to serve advertisements. Users generate revenue for its developer by clicking those advertisements. Adware is rarely useful to its users. Moreover, adware can be the reason behind issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other problems. There is a great number of adware-type applications. More adware examples are IndexerProject, FlexibleSearch, and NetworkSync.

How did RemoteView install on my computer?

It is common for adware-type applications and other PUAs to be distributed through downloaders or installers for other programs. In such cases, apps of this kind are included in downloaders, installers as optional offers. When users download and install programs without changing certain settings during their download or installation processes, they agree to unwanted offers.

Usually, offers to download or install included apps can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings or by unticking ticked checkboxes that downloaders, installers have. It is worthwhile to mention that potentially unwanted applications are distributed together with free programs (freeware).

In some cases, users unknowingly download or install unwanted apps by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. As a rule, those advertisements appear only on questionable, untrustworthy websites. Either way, those ads should be avoided.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advisable not to use third-party downloaders (and installers), shady websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), to download or install programs, files. It is common that users of the aforementioned sources download PUAs or even malicious apps. It is recommended to use official websites and direct links.

Downloaders and installers that have some settings should be examined. It is common that they are used to distribute PUAs. Typically, users can deselect optional apps via "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings, options. Advertisements on unreliable pages should not be trusted. Those ads can open potentially malicious pages. In some cases, they can run scripts designed to cause downloads, installations.

Any suspicious or unknown extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on a web browser should be removed. Programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with RemoteView, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed after installation of the RemoteView adware:

remoteview adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

RemoteView's Contents folder:

remoteview adware contents folder

RemoteView installed on Safari:

remoteview adware installed on safari

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Video showing how to remove RemoteView adware using Combo Cleaner:

RemoteView adware removal:

Remove RemoteView-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 remoteview 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 RemoteView removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by remoteview 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 remoteview 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 remoteview 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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