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How to uninstall the InetImprovment adware?

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

What is InetImprovment?

InetImprovment is designed to display advertisements and modify the settings of a browser that has this app installed on it. In other words, InetImprovment functions as adware and a browser hijacker. Also, InetImprovment is likely to be designed to collect various data. It is important to mention that this app is distributed via a fake installer.

InetImprovment adware

InetImprovment in detail

Adware-type applications (including InetImprovment) generate revenue for their developers by displaying banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, and ads of other types. It is common that ads displayed by adware are used to advertise questionable web pages. Sometimes, those ads can be designed to cause unwanted downloads or even installations.

Another issue with the InetImprovment application is that it changes a web browser's settings to promote a fake search engine - it hijacks a browser by making the address of a fake search engine as the as the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Usually, apps of this type do not allow users to undo those changes.

In most cases, the only way to undo the changes made by a browser hijacker (in this case, InetImprovment) is to uninstall it and then enter preferred addresses. It is worth mentioning that fake search engines can be designed to promote potentially malicious sites and display shady advertisements.

Furthermore, InetImprovment may be designed to gather sensitive information, for example, credit card details, usernames, passwords. In this case, its developers may misuse that information to steal online accounts (and misuse them for malicious purposes), steal identities, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, or in other ways.

If InetImprovment cannot access personal data, then it may be designed to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, visited websites, and other browsing-related information. In one way or another, it is not safe to have InetImprovment or any other similar application installed on a browser or the operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by InetImprovment
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (InetImprovment.service) Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (InetImprovment.system) Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), 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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InetImprovment in general

InetImprovment displays advertisements and pushes users to use a fake search engine. Users rarely install applications like InetImprovment (adware, browser hijackers) intentionally. For this reason, InetImprovment and other applications of this kind are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). More adware examples are Mulkey, RemoteView, and Sorimbrsec.

How did InetImprovment install on my computer?

InetImprovment is distributed via fake installer that looks like the installer for Adobe Flash Player. It is important to know that fake installers can be malicious - they can be used as distribution channels for malicious programs, for example, ransomware, Trojans. Typically, users download fake installers from deceptive pages.

Another popular way to distribute PUAs is to bundle them together with other programs. More precisely, to include them in downloaders, installers as additional offers. Usually, those downloaders, installers have "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings, or ticked checkboxes. Users install PUAs when they leave those settings unchanged.

In some cases, users cause unwanted installations or downloads by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to execute certain scripts. Typically, those advertisements appear on questionable websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Questionable, unofficial websites, third-party downloaders, third-party installers, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, free file hosting pages and so on should not be used to download or install programs. It is recommended to use official websites and direct download links to avoid unwanted downloads, installations.

Advertisements on questionable pages should not be clicked as well. If clicked, those ads open other unreliable websites, or cause unexpected downloads, installations. Downloaders and installers that have any settings (like "Custom", "Advanced"), or some checkboxes should be checked for bundled applications.

Suspicious, unwanted plug-ins, add-ons, extensions installed on a browser should be removed. Programs installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with InetImprovment, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Installer used to distribute InetImprovment adware (first installation step):

Delusive installer used to promote InetImprovment adware

Installer used to distribute InetImprovment adware (second installation step):

inetimprovment adware installer step 2

Pop-up window displayed while InetImprovment adware is present on the system:

inetimprovment adware pop-up displayed while inetimprovment is installed

Text in this pop-up:

"InetImprovmentd" will damage your computer.
 
This file was downloaded on an unknown date.
 
OK
Show in Finder

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

  • ~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.InetImprovment.service.app
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.InetImprovment.service.plist
  • /Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.InetImprovment.system
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.InetImprovment.system.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like InetImprovment alter system proxy settings, thereby causing unwanted redirects to a variety of questionable websites.

The redirects are likely to remain even after removing the application itself. Thus, you'll have to restore them manually.

Step 1: Click on the gear icon in the Dock to navigate to the system settings. If the icon is not present in the Dock, you can find it in the Launchpad.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the system settings

Step 2: Navigate to the Network settings.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the network settings

Step 3: Select the connected network and click "Advanced...".

Changing proxy settings - select the connected network and click Advanced...

Step 4: Click on the "Proxies" tab and untick all the protocols. You should also set the settings of each protocol to default - "*.local, 169.254/16".

Changing proxy settings - untick all the options and set their settings to default

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Video showing how to remove InetImprovment adware using Combo Cleaner:

InetImprovment adware removal:

Remove InetImprovment-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 inetimprovment 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 InetImprovment removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by inetimprovment 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 inetimprovment 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 inetimprovment 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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