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How to eliminate AddCloud adware from the operating system?

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

What is AddCloud?

AddCloud is a rogue application classified as adware. It also has browser hijacker traits. Since most users unintentionally download/install apps of this type, they are also considered to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

AddCloud adware

AddCloud adware overview

Adware can deliver pop-ups, banners, surveys, and other intrusive advertisements. They can be displayed on any visited website and/or different interfaces. These ads endorse various sale-oriented, untrustworthy, rogue, scam, and even malicious sites. Furthermore, some intrusive adverts can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) - once they are clicked on.

Browser hijackers reassign browsers' default search engine, new tab/window, and homepage 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.

Illegitimate web searchers are typically unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers can reset any changes users try to make to their browsers or outright deny access to the browser settings.

Adware and browser hijackers usually have data tracking abilities. Targeted information includes (but is not limited to) - browsing activity, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, and finance-related data. This sensitive data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AddCloud
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

FlexProductFocusGuide, and LatestStructured are a few examples of adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and promise "handy" features, which are rarely operational. In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant.

How did AddCloud install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated using the "bundling" method - packing regular programs with various supplements. By rushing through downloads/installations, users risk allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive advertisements are used to spread PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent. PUAs may also have "official" download sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to research software and download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - can offer bundled and harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive ads appear innocuous; however, they redirect to questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

Should users experience such advertisements and/or redirects, they must inspect their devices and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected. If your computer is already infected with AddCloud, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once AddCloud installation is complete

AddCloud adware's installation folder:

AddCloud adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove AddCloud adware using Combo Cleaner:

AddCloud adware removal:

Remove AddCloud-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 addcloud 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 AddCloud removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by addcloud 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 addcloud 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 addcloud 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 browsing quality and system performance. This software usually has data tracking functionalities, which make it a privacy threat. Furthermore, adware-delivered advertisements can be deceptive/malicious and cause other serious problems.

What does adware do?

Adware (advertising-supported software) is designed to display various ads on any visited website and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers primarily generate profit through affiliate programs by promoting websites, applications, services, and similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove AddCloud adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate all adware-type applications present. On the other hand, manual removal might not be a perfect solution. In some cases, even after the software itself is (manually) removed - various files remain hidden in the system. What is more, the leftover components can continue running and causing issues.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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