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How to eliminate AllianceInstallations adware from the operating system

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

What is AllianceInstallations?

AllianceInstallations is an adware-type app with browser hijacker qualities. It is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) due to the questionable techniques used in its distribution.

AllianceInstallations adware

AllianceInstallations adware overview

Adware delivers various pop-ups, banners, surveys, and other intrusive advertisements. This third-party graphical content can be displayed on visited sites and/or different interfaces.

These adverts endorse untrustworthy/harmful websites and apps, as well as various scams. Furthermore, some intrusive ads can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) stealthily - upon being 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. This software assigns these addresses as browsers' default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URLs.

Fraudulent search engines typically cannot generate search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing, and other legitimate ones. This software can restrict access to browser settings or reset any permitted changes made.

Most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) pose a threat to user privacy. Unwanted software collects browsing activity data, personally identifiable details, usernames/passwords, credit card numbers, etc. The gathered information is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

In summary, the presence of PUAs on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AllianceInstallations
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

ImmersiveTaskEffectiveVision, and MainOperation are a few examples of adware-type apps. Adware, like most PUAs, appears legitimate and offers "handy" functionalities, which rarely work. Instead of delivering on any promises, unwanted applications can run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, force-open webpages, and collect private data.

How did AllianceInstallations install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated via download/installation setups of other programs. The false marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted/malicious supplements - is called "bundling". Intrusive adverts spread PUAs as well. When clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent. PUAs may also have "official" promotional/download sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software and only download from official/verified channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing networks, unofficial and free file-hosting websites, etc. - often offer harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study possible options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to out-out of all additions. It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive ads look legitimate yet redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., adult-dating, gambling, pornography, etc.).

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

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

Pop-up displayed once AllianceInstallations installation is complete

AllianceInstallations adware's installation folder:

AllianceInstallations adware install folder

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AllianceInstallations adware removal:

Remove AllianceInstallations-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 decrease system performance and diminish the browsing experience (e.g., slow down the browsing speed, overlay website content, etc.). This software usually has data tracking abilities, which make it a threat to user privacy. Adware-displayed advertisements can promote unreliable/malicious websites and apps, which can cause serious problems.

What does adware do?

Adware (advertising-supported software) is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, adware displays various ads on visited websites and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers profit mainly via affiliate programs by promoting websites, products, services, and so on. Commission can be earned from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove AllianceInstallations adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate installed adware-type apps. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal might not be a perfect solution. In some cases, even after the adware is (manually) removed - various leftover files remain. Furthermore, 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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