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How to completely eliminate SampleSkilled adware?

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

What is SampleSkilled adware?

SampleSkilled is the name of a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that generates revenue for its developer by displaying advertisements and promoting a fake search engine. It promotes a fake search engine by making changes in the web browser's settings. Users often install PUAs (adware, browser hijackers) unknowingly.

SampleSkilled adware

SampleSkilled adware in detail

SampleSkilled displays ads (pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, or other types of ads) that can open deceptive websites asking to enter personal information, download and install other PUAs, and so on. Those websites might ask to provide credit card details, usernames, passwords, or other sensitive details.

Also, SampleSkilled makes sure that a fake search engine (its address) would be opened each time users open the affected browser (or new tab), or enter search queries into its URL bar. It does that by changing the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Fake search engines cannot be trusted.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SampleSkilled
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names N/A
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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A fake search engine promoted by SampleSkilled could show misleading results. It could include untrustworthy websites in its results. Also, SampleSkilled might be designed to collect sensitive information. More examples of applications similar to SampleSkilled are ConsoleConnection, MemoryField, and ExecutiveProduct.

How did SampleSkilled install on my computer?

Lots of browser hijackers and adware-type applications are distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs. Users download or install PUAs together with other programs when they do not deselect them. PUAs can be deselected using "Custom", "Advanced", or other options in downloaders and installers.

Also, PUAs are distributed via deceptive advertisements and fake installers. Users cause unexpected downloads or installations by clicking ads designed to run certain scripts. Most fake installers are downloaded from shady websites that use deceptive techniques to promote them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, and sources should not be used to download or install apps. Files, programs should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Advertisements appearing on dubious pages should not be clicked.

Downloaders and installers with "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings or checkboxes should be examined. They can be used to distribute PUAs. If your computer is already infected with SampleSkilled, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window that appears after the installation of SampleSkilled adware:

sampleskilled adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

SampleSkilled's Contents folder:

sampleskilled adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

SampleSkilled adware removal:

Remove SampleSkilled-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 sampleskilled 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 SampleSkilled removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by sampleskilled 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 sampleskilled 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 sampleskilled 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?

SampleSkilled and other adware can be the reason behind diminished web browsing experience, decreased computer's performance, issues related to browsing safety, online privacy.

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It displays advertisements. SampleSkilled also changes web browser's settings to promote a fake search engine.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Usually, individuals behind adware (its developers) generate revenue by promoting various products, services, websites. Most of their profit comes from affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove SampleSkilled adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate SampleSkilled or other installed adware-type applications. Manual removal might not be enough because various file leftovers may remain hiding in the operating system (some adware components might still be present and running in the system after the 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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