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How to remove the IntegrationAdmin adware?

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

What kind of application is IntegrationAdmin?

IntegrationAdmin generates advertisements and changes the web browser's settings (hijacks a web browser) to promote a fake search engine. Most users download and install adware and browser-hijacking apps inadvertently. Thus, IntegrationAdmin and similar apps are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

IntegrationAdmin adware

IntegrationAdmin adware in detail

Advertisements (for example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups) displayed by IntegrationAdmin can open phishing pages, various scams, download pages for PUAs, and so on. Those ads can also download or install unwanted software by running executing scripts.

Also, IntegrationAdmin changes the homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL. It forces users to browse the Internet using a fake search engine. Fake search engines cannot be trusted - they can promote untrustworthy pages (show misleading results and redirect users to shady pages), and show results generated by other dubious search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by IntegrationAdmin
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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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More about adware

Pretty often, adware collects IP addresses, entered search queries and similar information, and even sensitive details like credit card details, passwords. Information collected by adware could be misused to steal identities, hijack personal accounts, and other purposes.

More examples of adware similar to IntegrationAdmin are FileClick, ManagerDisplay, and ExplorerTransaction.

How did IntegrationAdmin install on my computer?

Adware is distributed through downloaders and installers for other software, fake installers, advertisements designed to execute certain scripts. It can be found as optional download or installation in downloaders and installers that have "Manual", "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings, or ticked checkboxes.

Users download or install adware alongside other software when they do not change the settings mentioned in the previous paragraph. Fake installers used to distribute PUAs usually are promoted on deceptive pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download applications from trustworthy (official, legitimate) pages. Do not use other sources for downloading files and software or click advertisements that questionable pages have on them. Also, make sure to deselect optional downloads or installations before downloading or installing software bundled with adware or other unwanted apps.

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

Pop-up displayed after the installation of IntegrationAdmin adware:

integrationadmin adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

IntegrationAdmin's Contents folder:

integrationadmin adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove IntegrationAdmin adware using Combo Cleaner:

IntegrationAdmin adware removal:

Remove IntegrationAdmin-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 integrationadmin 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 IntegrationAdmin removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by integrationadmin 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 integrationadmin 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 integrationadmin 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 web browsing experience (by bombarding users with annoying advertisements) and affect computer performance.

What does adware do?

Adware feeds users with intrusive advertisements. In some cases, it collects information and (or) hijacks web browsers as well.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Usually, they use adware to promote various products, websites, services, etc. One of the most popular channels for adware monetization is various affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove IntegrationAdmin adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove adware-type applications. In order to avoid various file leftovers remaining in the system after the removal, it is recommended to use specialized software instead of removing adware manually.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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