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How to remove the UnitAnalog adware?

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

What is UnitAnalog adware?

UnitAnalog generates advertisements and modifies the web browser's settings. It is an adware-type application that has the qualities of a browser hijacker. UnitAnalog is distributed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. There is very little chance that users would download and install this app on purpose.

UnitAnalog adware

UnitAnalog adware in detail

UnitAnalog displays advertisements that could open download pages for potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), scams designed to trick visitors into entering/providing names, surnames, credit card details, other personal information. Those ads could download or install unwanted software as well.

Also, UnitAnalog changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL to a fake search engine. Fake search engines can promote potentially malicious pages, display shady advertisements. UnitAnalog may be designed to collect browsing data and (or) personal information as well.

Data collected by this adware/browser hijacker might be misused to steal online accounts, make fraudulent transactions, unauthorized purchases, steal identities, and so on. UnitAnalog is not a trustworthy application.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UnitAnalog
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (.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)
Detection Names (.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)
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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UnitAnalog adware in general

UnitAnalog generates revenue for its developer by displaying advertisements and promoting a fake search engine. Most of the apps of this type are promoted and (or) distributed using questionable methods. Thus, users often download and install them inadvertently. More adware examples are ValidNetBoost, ConsoleConnection, and MemoryField.

How did UnitAnalog install on my computer?

The main distribution channel for the UnitAnalog application is a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Fake installers can be malicious. They are promoted on deceptive websites (for instance, on pages using scare tactics to trick users into installing unwanted software). Also, UnitAnalog could be distributed through ads.

Untrustworthy advertisements can be designed to run certain scripts to start a download or installation process. One more way to distribute PUAs is to include them in downloaders and installers for other programs. Users download or install PUAs with other programs when they leave "Manual", "Custom", or other options unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloaders and installers with settings like "Advanced" "Custom", "Manual", or checkboxes often are used to distribute PUAs. They should be examined before downloading or installing software. Files and apps should be downloaded from official sites via direct links.

Advertisements that questionable pages have on them should not be trusted/clicked. If your computer is already infected with UnitAnalog, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Delusive application installer promoting UnitAnalog adware (first installation step):

Delusive installer used to promote UnitAnalog adware

Delusive application installer promoting UnitAnalog adware (second installation step):

unitanalog adware installer step 2

Screenshot of the pop-up that appears whil UnitAnalog is present:

unitanalog adware pop-up that appears while unitanalog is present

Text in this pop-up:

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

Files related to the UnitAnalog adware that have to be removed:

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like UnitAnalog 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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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove UnitAnalog adware using Combo Cleaner:

UnitAnalog adware removal:

Remove UnitAnalog-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 unitanalog 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 UnitAnalog removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by unitanalog 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 unitanalog 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 unitanalog 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can diminish web browsing experience and slow down a computer.

What does adware do?

The primary goal of adware is to display advertisements (for example, pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons).

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers typically generate revenue by using their ads to promote various products, services, web pages. Their main sources of revenue are various affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove UnitAnalog adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all adware-type applications that are present on the system. This or any other adware can be removed manually. However, it is recommended to eliminate it with the help of software like Combo Cleaner, since various file leftovers may remain hiding in the system (some components may be present and running after a manual removal).

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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