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How to remove LatestStructured adware and the adverts it displays?

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

What is LatestStructured?

LatestStructured is an adware-type app with browser hijacker abilities. Since most users unintentionally download/install software products of this kind, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

LatestStructured adware

LatestStructured adware overview

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, coupons, surveys, banners, and other intrusive adverts on any visited website and/or different interfaces. The delivered ads seriously diminish the browsing experience and endanger device/user safety.

The advertisements endorse various questionable, deceptive, and even malicious websites. Some intrusive ads can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) - when they are clicked on.

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

Fraudulent web searchers typically cannot generate search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other genuine search engines. Browser hijackers also use persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent users from restoring their browsers.

Furthermore, most PUAs can track data. Information of interest includes browsing activity, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, etc. The gathered information 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, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by LatestStructured
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Fortinet (Adware/Synataeb!OSX), GData (OSX.Application.Agent.M6J8JY), 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

WindowsMegabyteNetworkServiceDiscoveryHandler, and ExcitingCentral are some examples of adware. This software appears legitimate and offers "handy" features, which are seldom operational. In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. Instead of delivering on any promises, unwanted applications can have harmful abilities and use them to generate revenue for the developers.

How did LatestStructured install on my computer?

PUAs are spread using the "bundling" marketing tactic - packing regular programs with various additions. Rushed download/installation processes increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the adverts can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. PUAs may also have "official" download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to research software and download it from official/trustworthy channels. Dubious sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing networks, etc. - can offer bundled/dangerous content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended 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, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, 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 LatestStructured, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once LatestStructured installation is complete

LatestStructured adware's installation folder:

LatestStructured adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

LatestStructured adware removal:

Remove LatestStructured-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 lateststructured 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 LatestStructured removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by lateststructured 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 lateststructured 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 lateststructured 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 negatively affect the browsing experience and system performance. This software usually has data tracking abilities, making it a threat to device/user safety. Additionally, adware-delivered advertisements can be deceptive/malicious and cause other severe issues.

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. The purpose of this software is to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it displays various ads on any visited website and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers generate revenue primarily through affiliate programs by endorsing websites, applications, products, services, and other content.

Will Combo Cleaner remove LatestStructured adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning devices and eliminating installed adware-type apps. It is noteworthy that, in some cases, manual removal is not thorough enough as despite the software being deleted - various leftovers (files) remain. Furthermore, such remnants can continue running and causing problems.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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