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How to eliminate BoostResource adware?

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

What is BoostResource adware?

BoostResource can display advertisements, promote a fake search engine, and read sensitive information. It functions as advertising-supported software and a browser hijacker. In most cases, users download and install apps of this type accidentally. Therefore, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

BoostResource adware

BoostResource adware in detail

Advertisements displayed by BoostResource could open websites designed to trick users into providing various information (like credit card details), downloading, installing PUAs, and so on. They could also download, install unwanted apps. Ads coming from apps like BoostResource cannot be trusted.

Also, BoostResource can change web browser settings such as default search engine, homepage and new tab page. It changes them to a fake search engine that could be used to promote untrustworthy pages. Moreover, BoostResource can read passwords, credit card details, and other sensitive information.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by BoostResource
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), GData (Archive.Application.Agent.LDF40F), 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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BoostResource in general

Ads displayed and a fake search engine promoted by BoostResource can open untrustworthy pages (and cause unwanted downloads, installations). Data collected by this app could be misused for malicious purposes (for example, to steal online accounts, identities). More adware examples are MapperIndex, ModeService, and MapperTrack.

How did BoostResource install on my computer?

Most users download or install adware by clicking certain advertisements, through downloaders or installers for programs bundled with adware, or fake installers downloaded from shady pages. The ads mentioned above can download or install unwanted software by running specific scripts.

Downloaders and installers with optional downloads or installations have "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings. Adware gets downloaded or installed together with other software when users leave those settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download apps (and files) from trustworthy, legitimate websites. Be careful with ads that appear on dubious pages - if clicked, those ads could download or install unwanted apps. Examine downloaders and installers that have any settings and deselect found unwanted optional downloads or installations before downloading or installing programs.

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

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

boostresource adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

BoostResource installed on Safari:

boostresource adware installed on safari

BoostResource' Contents  folder:

boostresource adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove BoostResource adware using Combo Cleaner:

BoostResource adware removal:

Remove BoostResource-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 boostresource 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 BoostResource removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by boostresource 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 boostresource 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 boostresource 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 make a computer slower, diminish the web browsing experience. Depending on its capabilities, it could cause other problems (for example, issues related to online privacy, web browsing safety and so on).

What does adware do?

As a rule, the main purpose of adware is to display advertisements. Pretty often, software of this type can also collect various data and (or) change web browser settings.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Individuals behind adware monetize it by promoting various products and services, web pages, etc. Most of them do that using various affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove BoostResource adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate BoostResource and other adware-type applications. If removed manually, software of this type could still have some of its components present and running. Therefore, it is recommended to remove adware using specialized software.

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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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