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How to remove the BeyondLaunch adware from the operating system?

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

What is BeyondLaunch adware?

BeyondLaunch has two purposes - to generate advertisements and promote a fake search engine. It has the qualities of advertising-supported software and a browser hijacker. It is uncommon for apps of this type to be downloaded and installed knowingly. For this reason, BeyondLaunch falls into the category of potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

BeyondLaunch adware

BeyondLaunch adware in detail

BeyondLaunch generates revenue for its developer by displaying pop-ups, coupons, banners, or other advertisements. Those ads cannot be trusted. They could open potentially malicious sites, download pages for PUAs, various scams, and so on. Also, they could download or install unwanted apps by running certain scripts.

Moreover, BeyondLaunch hijacks a web browser by changing its settings. It changes the homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL to a fake search engine (its address). Fake search engines should never be used - they can include potentially malicious pages in their search results or show results generated by other dubious search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by BeyondLaunch
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.24123), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Fortinet (Adware/Synataeb!OSX), 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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Adware in general

Adware is a type of software that generates revenue for its developer by displaying ads. It also can change web browser's settings to promote a fake search engine and (or) collect various information about the user. More adware examples are AboutExtended, OptimizationLaunch, and SampleCheck.

How did BeyondLaunch install on my computer?

Pretty often, apps like BeyondLaunch are distributed through fake installers. Users install them by launching installers downloaded from untrustworthy (often deceptive) pages. Also, many PUAs are distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs as optional downloads or installations.

Users end up having PUAs downloaded or installed when they do not change "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings available in the downloaders or installers mentioned above. Sometimes, users cause that by clicking on advertisements designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download programs (and files) from trustworthy sources such as official websites and platforms. Also, users are advised not to download and install programs without checking whether their downloaders or installers include any unwanted apps. It is also advisable not to click ads appearing on shady web pages.

If your computer is already infected with BeyondLaunch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up that appears after the installation of BeyondLaunch adware:

beyondlaunch adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

BeyondLaunch's Contents folder:

beyondlaunch adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove BeyondLaunch adware using Combo Cleaner:

BeyondLaunch adware removal:

Remove BeyondLaunch-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 beyondlaunch 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 BeyondLaunch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by beyondlaunch 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 beyondlaunch 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 beyondlaunch 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 slow down a device’s performance, diminish the web browsing experience, be a threat to online privacy, browsing safety.

What does adware do?

Adware displays annoying advertisements. Some advertising-support software can collect various data, hijack browsers by changing their settings.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Usually, adware developers use adware to promote various products, websites, services. It is popular to monetize software of this type (its ads) through various affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove BeyondLaunch adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate BeyondLaunch (or other adware). It is worth mentioning that users who remove adware manually often do not remove it completely - various file leftovers remain hiding in the system even after the removal. Therefore, it is recommended to eliminate unwanted apps using specialized software like Combo Cleaner.

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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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