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How to remove EdgeBegin adware

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

What kind of application is EdgeBegin?

The purpose of EdgeBegin is to display advertisements and promote a fake search engine (by hijacking a web browser). Also, EdgeBegin can read sensitive information from web browsers. In most cases, install apps like EdgeBegin unknowingly. Most of these apps are promoted and distributed using questionable (and deceptive) methods.

EdgeBegin adware

EdgeBegin adware in detail

EdgeBegin can display pop-ups, banners, coupons, or other ads designed to promote various scams, untrustworthy apps, shady websites asking to provide sensitive information, and so on. Moreover, ads generated by EdgeBegin can be designed to run certain scripts to cause unwanted downloads or installations.

Additionally, EdgeBegin can change the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page to a fake search engine. Fake search engines usually generate misleading search results, redirect to untrustworthy websites, show results generated by other dubious search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by EdgeBegin
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Ikarus (PUA.Generic), 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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More about adware

EdgeBegin is an untrustworthy app designed to deliver ads and promote a fake search engine. Also, it can read credit card details, passwords, and other information. Its developers may misuse data accessed by EdgeBegin for malicious purposes. EdgeBegin is similar to PureAdvantage, MainOperation, ToolIndexer, and lots of other apps.

How did EdgeBegin install on my computer?

In many cases, adware is distributed using installers for other programs. It gets installed when users do not change "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings before installing those programs. This distribution method is known as bundling. In other cases, adware gets installed through shady ads, fake installers.

Advertisements install (or download) unwanted software when designed to run certain scripts, and users click on them. Fake installers usually get downloaded from deceptive, potentially malicious websites claiming that a computer is infected, installed software is outdated, etc.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not use unreliable sources (for example, unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks) for downloading files/programs. Use only official pages and direct links for that. Also, do not click on ads that shady websites have on them. Download or install programs only when unwanted apps are no longer selected in downloaders or installers.

If your computer is already infected with EdgeBegin, 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 EdgeBegin adware:

edgebegin adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

EdgeBegin installed on Safari:

edgebegin adware installed on safari

EdgeBegin's Contents folder:

edgebegin adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove EdgeBegin adware using Combo Cleaner:

EdgeBegin adware removal:

Remove EdgeBegin-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?

Adware can diminish the web browsing experience (by displaying ads concealing contents of visited websites), slow down a computer, invade privacy, and cause other problems.

What does adware do?

Adware generates advertisements. Apps like EdgeBegin have additional functionality: they hijack a web browser and collect information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware is used to promote various products, websites, and (or) services. Usually, the main source of income is affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove EdgeBegin adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate adware (including EdgeBegin). It is worth mentioning that it can be difficult to remove adware manually - some of the components belonging to adware may remain in the system even when adware itself is no longer installed/present. Therefore, it is recommended to eliminate adware using software like Combo Cleaner.

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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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