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How to remove the EasyMacSoft adware?

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

What kind of application is EasyMacSoft?

EasyMacSoft is the name of an advertising-supported software designed to generate advertisements and promote a fake search engine by hijacking a web browser. EasyMacSoft is distributed using a fake installer disguised as the installer for Adobe Flash Player.

EasyMacSoft adware

EasyMacSoft adware in detail

EasyMacSoft can show advertisements used to promote various scams, potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), phishing pages, and so on. Some of those ads may be designed to run specific scripts to download and (or) install shady software. Usually, apps like EasyMacSoft bombard users with coupons, banners, pop-ups, or other types of ads.

EasyMacSoft hijacks a web browser by changing the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page to a fake search engine (its address). Usually, fake search engines redirect users to potentially malicious sites, show results generated by dubious (or legitimate) search engines, and (or) generate misleading results.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by EasyMacSoft
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AD), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.l), 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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More about adware

Advertising-supported software can be used as a tool to collect information about its users. In such cases, adware can access IP addresses, browsing history, other browsing-related data, or even sensitive details like passwords, credit card details. More examples of adware are MainOperation, ToolIndexer, SmartCheck.

How did EasyMacSoft install on my computer?

EasyMacSoft is distributed through a fake installer. That installer is designed to look like the official installer for Adobe Flash Player. Usually, fake installers are promoted on deceptive websites. It is also possible that EasyMacSoft is distributed using installers for other programs or deceptive advertisements.

Installers (and downloaders) used to distribute (or promote) adware have "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced", or similar settings. Adware gets installed (or downloaded) when users install (or download) software without changing those settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use legitimate sources (such as official websites, direct links) to download applications and files. Do not download or install software without checking its downloader or installer for optional (unwanted) downloads or installations and deselecting them. Never use installers downloaded from shady pages.

Also, do not click on ads that questionable pages have on them. If your computer is already infected with EasyMacSoft, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to the EasyMacSoft adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.EasyMacSoft/EasyMacSoft
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.EasyMacSoftDaemon/EasyMacSoft
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.EasyMacSoft.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.EasyMacSoftDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the EasyMacSoft adware are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar (Dock) and select "Profiles".

Remove malicious profiles added by EasyMacSoft (step 1)

2) Locate all suspicious profiles and delete them.

Remove malicious profiles added by EasyMacSoft (step 2)

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware/browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove EasyMacSoft adware using Combo Cleaner:

EasyMacSoft adware removal:

Remove EasyMacSoft-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 easymacsoft 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.

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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 EasyMacSoft removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by easymacsoft 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 easymacsoft 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 easymacsoft 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?

Having adware installed on the operating system can be the reason behind diminished web browsing experience, decreased computer performance, invaded privacy, and other issues.

What does adware do?

As a rule, adware bombards users with annoying advertisements. In some cases, software or this type can be designed to hijack web browsers and (or) gather various data about its users.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Usually, they monetize adware by promoting various products, services, websites. A significant portion of the revenue comes from affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove EasyMacSoft adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can eliminate EasyMacSoft and other adware. It can be difficult to get rid of adware manually - some of its components/files can remain in the system even when the adware itself is no longer present. Thus, it is advisable to use specialized software for that.

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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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