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How to remove EdgePremium adware and the advertisements it delivers

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

What is EdgePremium?

EdgePremium is a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) with adware and browser hijacker qualities. It operates by running intrusive ad campaigns and modifying browsers. EdgePremium may have data tracking functionalities as well.

EdgePremium adware

EdgePremium adware overview

Adware displays intrusive advertisements (e.g., pop-ups, coupons, surveys, banners, etc.) on every visited website and/or different interfaces. The ads promote various dubious and harmful websites. Some intrusive adverts can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) when clicked on.

Browser hijackers cause redirects to fraudulent search engines when web searches are performed via the URL bar and new browser tabs/windows are opened. This software does so by resetting browsers' default search engine, new tab/window, and homepage URLs - to the promoted address.

Fake search engines typically cannot generate search results, so they redirect to legitimate ones (e.g., Yahoo, Bing, Google, etc.). Browser hijackers also use persistence-ensuring methods to prevent browser recovery.

Adware and hijacker software usually collect information. The gathered data (e.g., browsing information, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, usernames/passwords, etc.) is sold to third-parties, likely intent on misusing it for financial gain as well.

To summarize, the presence of apps like EdgePremium on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by EdgePremium
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

GlobalVersionTradexicEasyMacSoft, and MainOperation are a few examples of adware. It appears legitimate and harmless. This software also tends to advertise "useful" features, which are seldom operational. In fact, this applies to nearly all PUAs. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, unwanted apps can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects, and gather private data.

How did EdgePremium install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed alongside other software. This marketing tactic is called "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device. Furthermore, intrusive adverts can make downloads/installations without user permission - upon being clicked. PUAs may also have "official" download webpages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is strongly advised to research software and download from official/trustworthy sources. Dubious download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing networks, etc. - commonly offer bundled programs/media.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all supplements. Intrusive ads look innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, gambling, pornography, etc.).

In case of encounters with such advertisements/redirects, the device must be checked and all suspect apps and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed. If your computer is already infected with EdgePremium, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once EdgePremium installation is complete

EdgePremium adware's installation folder:

EdgePremium adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove EdgePremium adware using Combo Cleaner:

EdgePremium adware removal:

Remove EdgePremium-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 browsing quality and system performance. It can also have data tracking functionalities, which make it a privacy threat. Furthermore, adware-delivered ads can be malicious and cause other serious issues.

What does adware do?

Adware or advertising-supported software operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, adware displays ads on visited websites and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers profit primarily through affiliate programs by promoting sites, applications, services, etc. Commission may be earned from ad clicks, website visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove EdgePremium adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed adware-type apps. On the other hand, manual might not be ideal - as various file leftovers can remain within the system after it. In some cases, although the software itself is (manually) removed - some of its components are left behind. Additionally, such remnants can continue running and causing issues.

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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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