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How to eliminate BufferRecord adware?

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

What is BufferRecord adware?

BufferRecord functions as adware and a browser hijacker: it generates revenue for its developer by displaying advertisements and promoting a fake search engine. Many of the apps of this type are promoted and (or) distributed using questionable, deceptive methods. Thus, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs)

BufferRecord adware

BufferRecord adware in detail

BufferRecord delivers advertisements that could open untrustworthy websites, for example, various scams, download pages for PUAs. Apps like BufferRecord generate pop-ups, banners, coupons, or other ads. Sometimes, adware can display ads that can run specific scripts to download or install unwanted software. Those ads should not be clicked.

Also, BufferRecord promotes a fake search engine (its address) by changing the homepage, new tab URL, and default search engine. Fake search engines can include untrustworthy websites in their search results or show results generated by other questionable search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by BufferRecord
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (BufferRecord.system) Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.24108), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (BufferRecord.service) Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.24111), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), 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

BufferRecord displays ads and forces users to search the web using a fake search engine. It is possible that this app (or a fake search engine promoted by it) collects various information about users. Adware is a type of software that can cause various problems. More adware examples are AboutExtended, OptimizationLaunch, and GeneralAnalog.

How did BufferRecord install on my computer?

BufferRecord is distributed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Usually, such installers are promoted on deceptive websites. Also, apps of this type are distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs, untrustworthy advertisements.

Downloaders and installers used to distribute PUAs have "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings that need to be changed to avoid unwanted downloads or installations. Users often leave them unchanged. Ads cause downloads or installations when they can run specific scripts and users click them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third-party downloaders, installers, and other tools as sources to download or install programs, files. Download them from official pages and via direct links. Do not download or install software without deselecting optional downloads or installations (it can be done using the settings mentioned above).

Also, avoid clicking advertisements displayed by shady websites or PUAs. If your computer is already infected with BufferRecord, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed when BufferRecord adware is present on the system:

bufferrecord adware pop-up that appears while bufferrecord is present

Text in this pop-up:

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

Screenshot of the installer used to distribute BufferRecord (first installation step):

bufferrecord adware installer step 1

Screenshot of the installer used to distribute BufferRecord (second installation step):

bufferrecord adware installer 2

Files related to the BufferRecord adware that need to be removed:

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like BufferRecord 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 BufferRecord adware using Combo Cleaner:

BufferRecord adware removal:

Remove BufferRecord-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 bufferrecord 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 BufferRecord removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by bufferrecord 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 bufferrecord 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 bufferrecord 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 displays annoying advertisements and can cause diminished web browsing experience, a potential decrease in computer performance.

What does adware do?

The main purpose of adware usually is to deliver various advertisements. However, software of this type can be designed to change the web browser's settings and collect various information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Typically, adware is monetized by promoting various products, websites, services. A big part of adware developers uses various affiliate programs to generate revenue.

Will Combo Cleaner remove BufferRecord adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate BufferRecord and other adware-type applications. It may not be enough to remove adware manually because some of its components might still be present and running even after the removal. Therefore, it is recommended to eliminate unwanted software using specialized tools (apps).

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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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