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How to remove AlgorithmInput adware from the operating system?

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

What is AlgorithmInput?

AlgorithmInput is an adware-type app with browser hijacker qualities. It operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns and promoting illegitimate search engines via modifications to browser settings. Additionally, AlgorithmInput likely has data tracking abilities. Since most users download/install adware and browser hijackers unintentionally, they are also categorized as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

AlgorithmInput adware

AlgorithmInput adware in detail

Adware delivers pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, full-page, and other intrusive adverts. They can be displayed on any visited website and/or different interfaces. The delivered ads severely diminish the browsing experience by overlaying site content and slowing down the browsing speed.

Furthermore, intrusive advertisements are misleading, untrustworthy, and may even be dangerous. The adverts endorse various sale-based, unreliable, deceptive/scam, and malicious websites. What is more, some intrusive ads can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) - when they are clicked on.

Browser hijackers assign illegitimate web searcher addresses as browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs. These modifications result in redirects to the promoted search engine when users open a new browser tab/window or search a query via the URL bar.

Fake web searchers usually cannot provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other genuine search engines.

Browser hijackers can undo any changes users try to make to their browsers. Alternatively, they can restrict or deny access to the browser settings outright. Therefore, restoring an affected browser is impossible without removing the software hijacking it.

Most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) have data tracking abilities. This software can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, personally identifiable details, etc.). This data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

To summarize, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. It is crucial to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AlgorithmInput
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.F), Fortinet (Adware/Adload!OSX), 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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Adware in general

SmartTechLookupExtendedService, and UnitCache are a couple examples of apps within the adware classification. They appear ordinary and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation with "handy" features. Despite how good the promised functions may sound - they are rarely operational.

In fact, nearly all PUAs advertise nonexistent functionalities. The sole aim of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers; it has no genuine value to users. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects, and gather private and vulnerable information.

How did AlgorithmInput install on my computer?

PUAs are spread via download/installation setups of other programs. This false marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is named "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., skipped steps, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.

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

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to research software before download/installation. Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled and harmful content.

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

In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with AlgorithmInput, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once AlgorithmInput adware's installation is over:

Pop-up displayed once AlgorithmInput installation is complete

AlgorithmInput adware's installation folder:

AlgorithmInput adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove AlgorithmInput adware using Combo Cleaner:

AlgorithmInput adware removal:

Remove AlgorithmInput-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 algorithminput 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 AlgorithmInput removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by algorithminput 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 algorithminput 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 algorithminput 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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Medium threat activity

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