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How to eliminate the SmartDivision adware from your operating system?

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

What is SmartDivision?

SmartDivision is an adware-type app with browser hijacker traits. Furthermore, due to the dubious methods used to spread products within these classifications, they are also deemed to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

SmartDivision adware

SmartDivision adware in detail

Adware delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other intrusive ads. They severely affect the browsing experience and endanger device/user safety. The displayed advertisements endorse various sale-based, untrustworthy, deceptive, and malicious websites. What is more, once clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).

Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs - to fake web searcher addresses. Hence, every new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address.

Fraudulent search engines usually cannot provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers can restrict access to browser settings or undo any permitted changes made. Therefore, restoring a browser is impossible without eliminating the software affecting it.

What is more, SmartDivision likely has data tracking abilities, as most PUAs have such functionality. Information of interest includes: browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, etc. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SmartDivision
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.AdLoad.13), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.F), 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

FunctionServerPortalFlow, and FreshBasic are a few examples of adware. Most PUAs (adware included) appear harmless and offer "handy" functionalities, which are rarely operational. Unwanted applications are designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers, and collect sensitive data.

How did SmartDivision install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other software. "Bundling" is the term defining this marketing tactic of packing regular software with various additions. By rushing through download/installation processes, users risk allowing bundled content into their devices.

Once clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Some PUAs also have "official" promotional/download sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to research software and download it only from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled/harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore possible options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all additions. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate; however, they redirect to dubious sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

Should users experience such ads and/or redirects, they must check their devices and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with SmartDivision, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once SmartDivision installation is complete

SmartDivision adware's installation folder:

SmartDivision adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove SmartDivision adware using Combo Cleaner:

SmartDivision adware removal:

Remove SmartDivision-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 smartdivision 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 SmartDivision removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by smartdivision 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 smartdivision 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 smartdivision 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?

The presence of adware on a device can lead to diminished browsing experience and system performance. What is more, the content promoted through the ads delivered by adware - can be malicious.

What does adware do?

Adware or advertising-supported software is designed to run intrusive ad campaigns. In other words, this software displays various adverts on any visited website and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware usually generates revenue through affiliate programs; commission may be gained through ad clicks, website visits, products purchases, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove SmartDivision adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate all installed adware-type apps. On the other hand, manual removal may not be a perfect solution in all cases. Since despite the software itself having been deleted, various leftovers (e.g., files) can remain hidden within the system. Hence, adware components might still be present and running.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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