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How to eliminate UnitNetwork adware and the adverts displayed by it?

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

What is UnitNetwork?

UnitNetwork is a rogue app classified as adware. It also operates as a browser hijacker. Since most users inadvertently download/install such apps, they are also considered to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

UnitNetwork adware

UnitNetwork adware overview

Adware can display pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other intrusive advertisements on any visited website and/or different interfaces. These ads not only diminish the browsing quality but also endanger device and user safety.

The adverts endorse a wide variety of sale-based, untrustworthy, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam, and even malicious sites. Furthermore, some intrusive advertisements can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) - once they are clicked on.

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

Fake search engines typically cannot provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate ones. What is more, browser hijackers also use persistence-ensuring tactics - to prevent users from restoring their browsers.

Adware and browser hijackers usually have data tracking abilities. Targeted information includes browsing activity, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, etc. The gathered data is monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

In summary, the presence of unwanted applications on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UnitNetwork
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericFCA.Agent.23764), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Fortinet (Adware/Synataeb!OSX), 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

FlexIntervalAddCloud, and FlexProduct are a few examples of adware. This software appears legitimate and promises "handy" features, which are seldom operational. In fact, functionality and user safety are irrelevant to nearly all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate profit at user expense.

How did UnitNetwork install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed alongside other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this marketing method - packing regular software with various additions. Intrusive adverts are also used to proliferate PUAs. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission. Some PUAs also have "official" download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software and download from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all supplements. Intrusive advertisements appear innocuous; however, they redirect to various dubious sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).

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

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

Pop-up displayed once UnitNetwork installation is complete

UnitNetwork adware's installation folder:

UnitNetwork adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove UnitNetwork adware using Combo Cleaner:

UnitNetwork adware removal:

Remove UnitNetwork-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 unitnetwork 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 UnitNetwork removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by unitnetwork 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 unitnetwork 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 unitnetwork 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 diminish the browsing experience and decrease system performance. This software also endangers user safety, as it typically has data tracking abilities that make it a privacy threat. Furthermore, adware-delivered ads can be deceptive/malicious and pose other serious threats.

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software; it is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, adware displays various adverts on any visited site and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of the revenue is generated through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, applications, services, and similar. The developers of this software can earn commission from ad clicks, website visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove UnitNetwork adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It is noteworthy that manual removal might not be thorough enough. In some cases, even after the adware is uninstalled - leftover files remain in the system. Furthermore, such remnants can continue running and causing problems.

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