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How to remove CreateApplication adware and the ads it displays

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

What is CreateApplication?

CreateApplication is an adware-type app with browser hijacker abilities. Since most users download/install software products of this kind inadvertently, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

CreateApplication adware

CreateApplication adware overview

Adware is designed to display intrusive ads (e.g., pop-ups, surveys, banners, etc.) on visited websites and/or other interfaces. These advertisements promote untrustworthy/malicious sites, which can cause serious issues. Furthermore, some intrusive adverts can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) - when clicked.

Browser hijackers cause redirects to fake search engines when new browser tabs/windows are opened and web searches are performed via the URL bar. They achieve this by resetting browsers' homepage, new tab/window, and default search engine URLs to the promoted addresses.

Illegitimate search engines usually cannot provide search results; hence, they redirect to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other genuine ones. This software is also known to use persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent users from restoring their browsers.

What is more, most PUAs can track data. The collected information (e.g., browsing activity, personally identifiable details, log-in credentials, credit card numbers, etc.) is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties third-parties (often, cyber criminals).

To summarize, apps like CreateApplication can cause severe privacy issues, system infections, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CreateApplication
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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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Adware examples

ConnectProcessEdgeBegin, and PureAdvantage are a couple examples of applications categorized as adware. This software typically looks legitimate yet seldom works as advertised. In fact, this applies to practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue at user expense - usually through the use of harmful abilities.

How did CreateApplication install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other programs. Pre-packing regular software with unwanted/malicious additions - is called "bundling". The use of dubious download sources and/or rushed installation processes can lead to bundled content infiltrating the system.

Additionally, once clicked on, intrusive ads can download/install PUAs without user permission. Some of these apps also have "official" download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to research software and always download from official/verified channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - commonly offer bundled content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study available options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all supplements.

It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. While intrusive adverts appear innocuous, they redirect to questionable/harmful websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, etc.).

If such ads/redirects are encountered, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed. If your computer is already infected with CreateApplication, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once CreateApplication adware's installation is over:

Pop-up displayed once CreateApplication installation is complete

CreateApplication adware's installation folder:

CreateApplication adware install folder

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Quick menu:

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CreateApplication adware removal:

Remove CreateApplication-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 createapplication 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 CreateApplication removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by createapplication 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 createapplication 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 createapplication 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 browsing experience and system performance. This software usually has data tracking abilities, which makes it a privacy threat. Users can also encounter serious issues through the dubious/malicious content (e.g., sites, apps, etc.) promoted via adware-delivered advertisements.

What does adware do?

Adware or advertising-supported software is created to feed users with various advertisements, thereby generating revenue for the developers through said ads. This software operates by enabling the placement of adverts on visited websites or other interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of the profit adware developers make through affiliate programs by endorsing websites, software, services, and so on.

Will Combo Cleaner remove CreateApplication adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate the adware-type applications detected. It is noteworthy that manual removal is not always a perfect solution. In some cases, even after the software itself is (manually) eliminated - various remnants (files) are left behind in the system. Furthermore, these remaining components can continue running and causing problems. Therefore, it is crucial to remove adware thoroughly.

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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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