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How to eliminate the IndexerService adware from the operating system

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

What kind of application is IndexerService?

IndexerService has two purposes: to generate advertisements and promote a fake search engine. It functions as adware and a browser-hijacking app. Typically, apps like IndexerService are distributed (and promoted) using questionable, often deceptive methods. Therefore, users install (and download) them unknowingly.

IndexerService adware

IndexerService adware in detail

IndexerService displays annoying advertisements. Those ads can be designed to open phishing pages, download pages for questionable applications, various scams, and so on. Also, ads generated by IndexerService may be designed to download or install unwanted apps (by running specific scripts).

IndexerService promotes a fake search engine by hijacking a web browser (by changing its settings). It replaces the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine with a fake search engine that can show misleading results and (or) redirect to shady websites.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by IndexerService
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

Software of this type is often capable of accessing and collecting browsing-related and even personal information. In such cases, adware developers may monetize gathered data by selling it to third parties, using it for marketing purposes, or other ways. More adware examples are IntegrationAdmin, LogStandard, FileClick.

How did IndexerService install on my computer?

Quite often, adware is distributed via fake installers disguised as installers for legitimate software. These installers are usually promoted on deceptive pages (for example, on pages suggesting that some installed software is outdated). In other cases, adware gets installed through deceptive ads or installers for other software.

Ads download or install adware when they are designed to run certain scripts and users click on them. Installers for other software used to distribute adware have "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings. Users install adware alongside other software when they do not change those settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not download apps and files from unreliable sources (for example, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks, third-party downloaders). The safest sources for downloading files/programs are official pages and platforms. Do not click on ads appearing on dubious pages.

Also, do not download or install programs until unwanted applications included in their downloaders or installers are deselected. Do not click on ads that appear on dubious pages. If your computer is already infected with IndexerService, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

A pop-up that appears after the installation of IndexerService adware:

indexerservice adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

IndexerService's Contents folder:

indexerservice adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove IndexerService adware using Combo Cleaner:

IndexerService adware removal:

Remove IndexerService-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 indexerservice 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 IndexerService removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by indexerservice 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 indexerservice 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 indexerservice 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 slow down a computer (and make the computing experience worse in other ways), diminish the web browsing experience, invade privacy.

What does adware do?

The purpose of adware is to generate various advertisements (for example, pop-ups, banners, coupons). Also, it can collect various data, hijack web browsers.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Usually, they use adware to promote various products, web pages, services. They monetize it mainly through various affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove IndexerService adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and eliminate all adware. It is recommended to remove adware using specialized software (automatically). Manual removal may not work because files belonging to adware may remain in the operating system even when the adware itself is no longer present.

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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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