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How to uninstall the CapitalSearchCharacter adware?

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

What is CapitalSearchCharacter?

CapitalSearchCharacter is an adware-type application with browser hijacker qualities. Following successful installation, this app delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns and modifies browser settings to promote fake search engines. Additionally, adware and browser hijackers typically have data tracking abilities.

Due to the dubious methods used to distribute CapitalSearchCharacter, it is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). It has been observed being spread via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. It is noteworthy that fraudulent updaters/installers proliferate not only PUAs but also malware (e.g., trojans, ransomware, cryptominers, etc.).

CapitalSearchCharacter adware proliferated via fake Flash Payer updater/installer

CapitalSearchCharacter adware in detail

Adware delivers various pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, and other intrusive ads. These advertisements seriously diminish the browsing experience by overlaying webpage content and slowing down the browsing speed. Furthermore, this third-party graphical content can also endanger device and user safety.

Intrusive adverts endorse sale-oriented, untrustworthy, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised, and even malicious websites. Some of these ads can even be triggered (by being clicked) to stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).

Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window 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 address.

Fraudulent search engines typically cannot provide search results, so they tend to redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers can reset any changes users try to make to their browsers and/or deny access to the browser settings. Therefore, restoring a hijacked browser is impossible without removing the software affecting it.

What is more, CapitalSearchCharacter likely has data tracking abilities. Most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) record browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, etc.).

The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties. To summarize, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. It is crucial to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CapitalSearchCharacter
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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Adware in general

BrowserBufferSorimbrsecSearchConsole, and FileDisplay are some examples of adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and harmless. Users are lured into download/installation with promises of various features, which are seldom operational.

In fact, nearly all PUAs offer fake functionalities. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant since the only goal of unwanted software is to generate profit for the developers. PUAs operate by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijacking browsers, causing redirects, and collecting private information.

How did CapitalSearchCharacter install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via downloaders/installers of other products. This false marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g., skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.

Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user consent. Some PUAs also have "official" promotional webpages from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research products before download/installation. Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and trustworthy sources. Dubious download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - commonly offer bundled and harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate; however, they redirect to unreliable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, and so on).

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

Files related to the CapitalSearchCharacter adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.CapitalSearchCharacter/CapitalSearchCharacter
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.CapitalSearchCharacterDaemon/CapitalSearchCharacter
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.CapitalSearchCharacter.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.CapitalSearchCharacterDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the CapitalSearchCharacter 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 (Dock) and select "Profiles".

Remove malicious profiles added by CapitalSearchCharacter (step 1)

2) Locate all suspicious profiles and delete them.

Remove malicious profiles added by CapitalSearchCharacter (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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CapitalSearchCharacter adware removal:

Remove CapitalSearchCharacter-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 capitalsearchcharacter 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 CapitalSearchCharacter removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by capitalsearchcharacter 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 capitalsearchcharacter 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 capitalsearchcharacter 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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