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How to eliminate ExtendedRotator adware?

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

What kind of software is ExtendedRotator?

ExtendedRotator generates advertisements and hijacks a web browser to promote a fake search engine. The majority of users install apps like ExtendedRotator inadvertently. Apps installed (and downloaded) in such circumstances are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

ExtendedRotator adware

ExtendedRotator in detail

Advertisements displayed by ExtendedRotator could open websites asking visitors to provide sensitive information, download and install questionable software, various scams, and so on. They also could download or even install PUAs (if designed to run specific scripts).

ExtendedRotator hijacks a web browser by changing its default search engine, homepage, and new tab page settings. It changes them to a fake search engine. A big part of fake search engines promote shady websites, show results generated by untrustworthy search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ExtendedRotator
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names N/A
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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ExtendedRotator adware in general

ExtendedRotator functions as an advertising-supported and browser-hijacking application. There is also a chance that this app can collect sensitive information (credit card details, passwords, or other data). Either way, it cannot be trusted/should not be installed. More adware examples are ChannelParameter, SyncApp, and EdgeAdvanced.

How did ExtendedRotator install on my computer?

Adware is often distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs. It can be deselected in "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings (or by unticking checkboxes) available in those downloaders or installers. Users give adware permission to be downloaded or installed when they do not deselect it.

In other cases, users cause unwanted downloads or installations by clicking ads designed to execute certain scripts or through fake, deceptive installers downloaded from untrustworthy websites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not finish downloading or installing programs until any unwanted apps included in their downloaders or installers are deselected. Avoid clicking on advertisements appearing on shady websites. Also, use official pages and direct links to download files/programs.

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

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

extendedrotator adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

ExtendedRotator's Contents folder:

extendedrotator adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ExtendedRotator adware using Combo Cleaner:

ExtendedRotator adware removal:

Remove ExtendedRotator-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?

Advertising-supported software can slow down a computer, diminish the web browsing experience, and cause other problems (such as issues related to online privacy and browsing safety).

What does adware do?

Most adware-type applications have one purpose - to generate advertisements. Although, they can be designed to promote fake search engines and collect information as well.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

It is common for adware to be monetized through affiliate programs. Individuals behind adware use it to promote various services, products, Internet pages, and so on.

Will Combo Cleaner remove ExtendedRotator adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove this adware and other unwanted apps. It is worth mentioning that manual adware removal might not be the best way to get rid of it. It is common that unwanted software components (file leftovers) remain present even after the removal.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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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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