What is BasicKey?
BasicKey is a rogue app categorized as adware. Additionally, it has browser hijacker qualities. This piece of software operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns and making modifications to browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. BasicKey likely has data tracking abilities as well. Due to the dubious techniques used to distribute adware and browser hijackers, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
BasicKey adware in detail
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content on any visited website and/or different interfaces. This piece of software can deliver various pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and other intrusive ads. They severely diminish the browsing experience by overlaying webpage content and slowing down the browsing speed.
Furthermore, intrusive advertisements pose a threat to device and user safety. These adverts endorse rogue, untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, compromised, and malicious websites. What is more, some of the ads can infiltrate software (e.g., PUAs) into systems - when they are clicked on.
Browser hijackers reassign browser homepage, new tab/window, and search engine URLs - to fake web searcher addresses. Hence, every single search query typed into the URL bar and new browser tab/window opened - redirect to the promoted address. Fraudulent search engines usually cannot provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Bing, Google, and other legitimate ones.
Browser hijackers can reset any changes users try to make to their browsers, and/or they can restrict/deny access to the browser settings outright. Therefore, restoring a hijacked browser is impossible without removing the software affecting it.
Most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers) have data tracking abilities. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, and so forth. The collected information is then monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.
|Name||Ads by BasicKey|
|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.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.|
|Malware Removal (Mac)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your Mac with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
ExpandedValue, AlgorithmInput, AnalyserKey, and ExtendedService are a few examples of adware. This software appears legitimate and offers "useful" features. However, the functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
Most PUAs lure users into download/installation with fake functionalities. The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advert campaigns, force-open unreliable and malicious webpages, hijack browsers, and collect sensitive information.
How did BasicKey install on my computer?
PUAs are distributed through downloaders/installers of other programs. "Bundling" is the term defining this false marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs may also have "official" promotional sites from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and trustworthy download channels must be used. Dubious sources, 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, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from additional apps, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate; however, they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, and so on).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with BasicKey, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.
Pop-up window displayed once BasicKey adware's installation is over:
BasicKey adware's installation folder:
Instant automatic Mac malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Mac malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is BasicKey?
- STEP 1. Remove BasicKey related files and folders from OSX.
- STEP 2. Remove BasicKey ads from Safari.
- STEP 3. Remove BasicKey adware from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove BasicKey ads from Mozilla Firefox.
Video showing how to remove BasicKey adware using Combo Cleaner:
BasicKey adware removal:
Remove BasicKey-related potentially unwanted applications from your "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 adware-related files and folders
Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...
Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/
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 exact same string.
Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/
In the "Application Support" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, "MplayerX" or "NicePlayer", and move these folders to the Trash.
Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:
In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/
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.
Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:
If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.
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.
After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.
Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers
Remove malicious Safari extensions:
Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".
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 regular browser operation.
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
Remove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.