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How to remove MultiProject adware and the advertisements it displays?

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

What is MultiProject?

MultiProject is an adware-type app with browser hijacker traits. It operates by delivering intrusive ad campaigns and modifying browsers to promote fake search engines. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute MultiProject, it is also classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

MultiProject adware

MultiProject adware overview

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, etc.) on any visited site and/or different interfaces. The ads delivered by this software diminish the browsing experience and endanger device/user safety.

Intrusive advertisements endorse various rogue, untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, and malicious websites. Some of these adverts can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user permission - when they are clicked on.

Browser hijackers assign fake web searcher addresses as browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, every new browser tab/window opened and web search performed via the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address.

Illegitimate search engines usually cannot generate search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing, and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers can also reset any changes users try to make to their browser or restrict access to the browser settings.

What is more, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. Information of interest includes browsing activity, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, etc. The gathered data is then monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

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

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MultiProject
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.G), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.j), 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

CheckLetterConnectedPlatformAboutDynamicUpgradeSearchView, and ModeService are some apps within the adware classification. They appear legitimate and offer "useful" functions, which are typically nonoperational. In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. The sole goal of unwanted applications is to generate revenue at user expense; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant.

How did MultiProject install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed using the "bundling" technique - packing regular software with various additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.

Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. Select PUAs may also have "official" download pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to research software and only download from official and verified channels. Dubious sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled/harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is crucial to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all supplements. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate, yet they redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).

In case of encounters with advertisements and/or redirects of this type, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with MultiProject, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once MultiProject installation is complete

MultiProject adware's installation folder:

MultiProject adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove MultiProject adware using Combo Cleaner:

MultiProject adware removal:

Remove MultiProject-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 adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can diminish browsing quality and system performance. It can also endanger user privacy, as such software usually has data tracking abilities. Furthermore, the ads displayed by adware - can be dubious/malicious and cause other serious problems.

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software; it is designed to display various ads on any visited website and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware generates revenue by promoting websites, applications, services, and similar (mainly profiting via affiliate programs). Commission may be earned from ad clicks, website visits, file downloads, product purchases, and so forth.

Will Combo Cleaner remove MultiProject adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all adware-type apps. However, manual removal may not be ideal - since various files can remain hidden within the system. In such cases, despite the software itself being deleted, some of its components stay present and may even continue running.

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