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How to remove the LogarithmicList adware?

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

What is LogarithmicList adware?

LogarithmicList is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) designed to generate advertisements and hijack browsers by changing their settings. In other words, this application has the qualities of an adware-type application and a browser hijacker. In most cases, users download and install apps like LogarithmicList unintentionally.

LogarithmicList adware

LogarithmicList adware in detail

It is not safe to click advertisements generated by applications like LogarithmicList - it is common for those ads to be used to promote download websites for PUAs, various untrustworthy pages designed to extract sensitive information, and so on. In some cases, those ads can cause unexpected downloads or even installations.

A couple examples of websites that advertisements generated by adware (including the LogarithmicList application) could open are "MALWARE DETECTED Action Required", "Device Infected After Visiting An Adult Website", and "Receive iPhone 12". It is important to mention that those ads could open malicious websites as well.

Typically, advertising-supported applications generate online surveys, pop-up ads, coupons, banners, etc. In addition to being used for advertising of untrustworthy websites, those advertisements cover the contents of visited websites. Another reason not to trust the LogarithmicList app is that it promotes a fake search engine.

It is known that LogarithmicList changes the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab to an address of a fake search engine, and does not allow users do undo those changes. Fake search engines do not generate unique results - most of them show results generated by other search engines.

It is important to mention that fake search engines can show results generated by both legitimate and untrustworthy search engines. In some cases, they may generate misleading results (promote dubious websites) and display advertisements. Either way, it is never safe to use fake, questionable search engines.

Additionally, it is possible that LogarithmicList is designed to collect browsing-related information like IP addresses, visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Moreover, it could be designed to gather credit card details, usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information. In such a case, gathered information could be misused for malicious purposes.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by LogarithmicList
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.AdLoad.8), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.C), 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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LogarithmicList adware in general

LogarithmicList is not a trustworthy application designed to generate advertisements and force users to use a fake search engine. It is likely that LogarithmicList is designed to collect various data as well. It is quite similar to DominantFormula, UpgradedPlatform, AnalyserKey, and a great deal of other adware-type PUAs.

How did LogarithmicList install on my computer?

Quite often, users cause unintentional downloads and installations when developers distribute potentially unwanted apps by bundling them together with free programs. More precisely, when they do not decline unwanted offers. Typically, those offers can be declined via "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings or by unticking ticked checkboxes.

In other cases, users download or install PUAs through fake installers or advertisements designed to execute certain scripts. To trick users into using fake installers and or to click shady advertisements, individuals behind them use untrustworthy, deceptive websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download applications from official and trustworthy websites (and via direct links). Third-party downloaders, third-party installers,, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, etc. should not be used to download or install any files or applications.

Also, it is advisable to check downloaders and installers for potentially unwanted applications and deselect all unwanted offers before finishing downloads, installations. Additionally, it is not recommended to trust ads displayed dubuious pages. Usually, those ads are used to promote untrustworthy websites or even to distribute PUAs.

And lastly, there should not be any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser, or programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with LogarithmicList, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once LogarithmicList installation is over:

logarithmiclist adware pop-up displayed once installation over

LogarithmicList's Contents folder:

logarithmiclist adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove LogarithmicList adware using Combo Cleaner:

LogarithmicList adware removal:

Remove LogarithmicList-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 logarithmiclist 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 LogarithmicList removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by logarithmiclist 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 logarithmiclist 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 logarithmiclist 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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