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How to remove ProductArchive adware from the operating system?

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

What kind of application is ProductArchive?

ProductArchive is advertising-supported software that displays advertisements and hijacks a web browser (changes its settings to promote a fake search engine). Apps like ProductArchive usually are promoted/distributed using questionable methods. In such cases, users are likely to download or install them unintentionally.

ProductArchive adware

ProductArchive adware in detail

ProductArchive can show annoying advertisements designed to open questionable, potentially malicious pages. Those ads could open various scams, phishing websites, download pages for potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Also, they could download or even install unwanted apps (if designed to run certain scripts).

Another reason not to have ProductArchive installed is that this app promotes a fake search engine. After installation, it changes the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab to a fake search engine that could promote untrustworthy pages.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProductArchive
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.24764), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Symantec (OSX.Trojan.Gen), Full List (VirusTotal)
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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ProductArchive in general

The purpose of ProductArchive is to feed user with advertisements and force them to browse the Internet using a fake search engine. There are plenty of apps like ProductArchive, for example, OperationBeta, LinkSet, and Ultratech.

How did ProductArchive install on my computer?

The three most popular ways to distribute adware are to include it in downloaders and installers for other programs or through fake installers, deceptive advertisements. The first distribution method is called bundling.

The bundling method works when users download or install software bundled with adware without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings provided in its downloader or installer. To trick users into using fake installers, their developers use deceptive websites. Ads can be used to distribute adware by designing them to run specific scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download applications (and files) from legitimate sources such as official websites and platforms. Avoid downloading them from other sources. Also, do not download or install programs until deselecting unwanted apps that might be included in their downloaders or installers. Avoid clicking on advertisements that shady websites have on them.

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

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

productarchive adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

ProductArchive's Contents folder:

productarchive adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ProductArchive adware using Combo Cleaner:

ProductArchive adware removal:

Remove ProductArchive-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 productarchive 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

Ads by ProductArchive removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by productarchive 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 productarchive 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 productarchive 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?

The presence of adware-type applications can cause a decrease in performance of the affected computer, diminish web browsing experience, and similar issues.

What does adware do?

The purpose of adware is to display various advertisements (for example, pop-ups, coupons, banners). Additionally, software of this type can be designed to collect information and hijack web browsers.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

A big part of the money generated through adware comes from affiliate programs. Typically, adware is used to promote various products, services, websites.

Will Combo Cleaner remove ProductArchive adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate ProductArchive. It is recommended to use specialized software for adware removal. It is pretty common that when users remove adware manually, some of its components remain in the system even after the removal.

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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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