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How to remove TechGrid adware from the system?

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

What is TechGrid adware?

TechGrid is the name of advertising-supported software that has the qualities of a browser hijacker. More precisely, TechGrid displays unwanted advertisements and promotes a fake search engine by changing a web browser's settings. In most cases, users download and install apps like TechGrid unintentionally.

TechGrid adware

TechGrid adware in detail

Adware-type applications like TechGrid display advertisements (banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads, etc.) within a web browser. More often than not, those advertisements are designed to promote untrustworthy websites (for example, download pages for untrustworthy applications, scams designed to extract personal information).

In some cases, ads displayed by apps like TechGrid are designed to cause unexpected downloads, installations by running certain scripts. A couple of examples of websites that those ads might open are "Your System Is Infected With 3 Viruses", "Receive iPhone 12", and "MacOS Security". Thus, it is not safe to click on ads generated by apps like TechGrid.

Furthermore, TechGrid (and lots of other similar apps) hijacks affected browsers by changing their settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. It replaces the aforementioned addresses with an address of a fake search engine. Also, TechGrid does not allow to undo those changes.

Fake search engines can show results generated by legitimate search engines (like Google), and generate misleading results (promote shady pages). Also, they can show results generated by other dubious search engines. Thus, they cannot be trusted. A step-by-step guide explaining how to remove fake search engines is provided below.

Additionally, TechGrid may be designed to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, visited websites, passwords, credit card details, or other information that could be sold to third parties, misused to steal identities, hijack online accounts, make unauthorized purchases, or for other malicious purposes.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TechGrid
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.23692), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.F), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.j), 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.
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Adware in general

Applications like TechGrid generate advertisements, collect information, and (or) promote fake search engines. Their main and only purpose is to generate revenue for their developers. More examples of applications like TechGrid are UnitCache, SkilledUnit, and MicroLauncher. Most of them are pretty similar.

How did TechGrid install on my computer?

A popular method to distribute potentially unwanted applications is to bundle them with other programs. As a rule, PUAs can are included in downloaders, installers for free programs as optional offers. Users download or install them when they do not change "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings or leave certain checkboxes ticked.

Another (less popular) method to distribute unwanted apps is to design deceptive advertisements to execute certain scripts. Users trigger unexpected downloads or installations by clicking those advertisements. It is worth mentioning that those advertisements do not appear on legitimate sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs and files should be downloaded from legitimate, official pages and via direct links. It is not recommended to download (or install) them through/from third-party downloaders (or installers) Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, unofficial websites, and other sources of this kind.

Downloaders and installers with settings like "Custom", "Advanced" (or ticked checkboxes) should be examined. Usually, the aforementioned settings can be used to deselect potentially unwanted applications (most PUAs are distributed together with free programs).

Advertisements displayed on untrustworthy websites (for example, on pages related to pornography, gambling, adult dating) should not be clicked. By clicking those ads, users open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or download, install unwanted software.

Unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons) installed on a web browser and programs of this kind installed on a computer should be removed. If your computer is already infected with TechGrid, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up that appears after the installation:

techgrid adware pop-up displayed once installation is finished

TechGrid's Contents folder:

techgrid adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove TechGrid adware using Combo Cleaner:

TechGrid adware removal:

Remove TechGrid-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 techgrid 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 TechGrid removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by techgrid 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 techgrid 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 techgrid 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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