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How to uninstall the OriginalSearchTech application?

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

What is OriginalSearchTech?

OriginalSearchTech is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that has the functionality of an adware-type application and a browser hijacker. OriginalSearchTech is designed to generate advertisements and promote the address of a certain fake search engine by making certain changes in a web browser's settings.

It is possible that OriginalSearchTech collects various information as well. In most cases, users download and install PUAs inadvertently. It is known that the OriginalSearchTech app is distributed via a deceptive installer that is disguised as the installer for the Adobe Flash Player.

OriginalSearchTech adware

OriginalSearchTech in detail

OriginalSearchTech generates revenue for its developer by displaying advertisements (for example, banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys). Usually, by clicking ads displayed by adware like OriginalSearchTech users open dubious pages (for example, download pages shady software, scam websites).

In some cases, those ads can be designed to execute certain scripts to cause unexpected downloads, installations. In one way or another, it is highly advisable not to trust ads generated by adware. Another problem with the OriginalSearchTech application is that it hijacks browsers by changing their settings.

Typically, browser hijackers change settings such as the address of a homepage, new tab, and default search engine. They change them to an address of a fake search engine. Most fake search engines show results generated by another search engine (legitimate engine like Google or some questionable search engine).

Also, fake search engines can be designed to show search results with links to untrustworthy web pages in them. It is noteworthy that a hijacked browser cannot be stopped from opening a certain address unless a browser hijacker (in this case, OriginalSearchTech) is no longer installed on it (or the operating system).

Additionally, it is likely that OriginalSearchTech is designed to gather details like IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, or other information related to browsing habits. It is known that many adware-type apps can read passwords, credit card details, or other sensitive information.

What is worse, information collected by an app like OriginalSearchTech could be misused for malicious purposes. For example, it could be used to commit identity fraud, steal personal accounts, make fraudulent purchases or transactions. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to trust PUAs that can access various information.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OriginalSearchTech
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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OriginalSearchTech adware in general

In conclusion, OriginalSearchTech is not a trustworthy application designed to generate advertisements and force users to search the web with a fake search engine. There are lots of applications like OriginalSearchTech on the Internet. Some examples are ConnectSystem, UpgradeFilter, and AccessDefault. Typically, users install them unintentionally.

How did OriginalSearchTech install on my computer?

OriginalSearchTech is distributed through a fake installer that is designed to look like the installer for Adobe Flash Player. It is important to know that fake installers can be designed to install malicious programs, too, for example, ransomware, trojans. It is common that fake installers are promoted on deceptive websites.

It is also common that PUAs are distributed together with other programs. More precisely, via downloaders, installers that have "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings, or ticked checkboxes. Typically, PUAs are included in freeware downloaders, installers. This distribution method is called bundling.

In some cases, users cause undesired installations or downloads by clicking unreliable, deceptive advertisements designed to run certain scripts. Usually, advertisements of this type appear on questionable websites. Usually, users do not visit those websites intentionally (for example, they get opened by installed PUAs).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. They should not be downloaded or installed through unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, various third-party downloaders. Downloads from such sources could be malicious. The same applies to third-party installers.

Downloaders and installers with settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be checked for unwanted applications. Unwanted offers can and should be declined before finishing downloads, installations. Ads that appear on shady pages should not be clicked as well - those ads can be designed to cause unwanted downloads, installations.

Unwanted, suspicious apps installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. If your computer is already infected with OriginalSearchTech, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to OriginalSearchTech adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalSearchTech/OriginalSearchTech
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalSearchTechDaemon/OriginalSearchTech
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.OriginalSearchTech.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.OriginalSearchTechDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the OriginalSearchTech 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 malicious profiles added by OriginalSearchTech (step 1)

2) Locate all suspicious profiles and delete them.

Remove malicious profiles added by OriginalSearchTech (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.

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Video showing how to remove OriginalSearchTech adware using Combo Cleaner:

OriginalSearchTech adware removal:

Remove OriginalSearchTech-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 originalsearchtech 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by OriginalSearchTech removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by originalsearchtech 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 originalsearchtech 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 originalsearchtech 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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