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How to remove GlobalProcesser adware

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

What kind of software is GlobalProcesser?

GlobalProcesser is advertising-supported software, which means it generates advertisements. Also, this app hijacks a web browser (changes its settings) to promote a fake search engine. GlobalProcesser is distributed using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer.

GlobalProcesser adware

GlobalProcesser adware in detail

GlobalProcesser displays advertisements promoting various scams, potentially malicious pages, questionable applications. Clicking on ads displayed by GlobalProcesser can also lead to unwanted downloads and installations (those ads can be capable of causing it by running certain scripts).

In addition to that, GlobalProcesser changes the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page to a fake search engine. The fake search engine promoted by this browser-hijacking app can generate misleading search results, redirect to shady websites, show results generated by other untrustworthy search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by GlobalProcesser
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (.service) Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (.system) Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.Generic.3027399), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), 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

One more reason not to trust GlobalProcesser and similar apps is that it can be used as a tool to gather personal information such as credit card details, passwords, etc. There are plenty of examples of apps functioning like GlobalProcesser. Some of them are OptionPreview, DirectEnterprises, OffersPrimary.

How did GlobalProcesser install on my computer?

GlobalProcesser is distributed using a fake installer disguised as the installer for Adobe Flash Player. This installer is promoted using deceptive websites claiming that Flash Player (or other software) is out of date. Another popular way to distribute adware is to bundle it with other software.

Installers distributing adware usually have "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. By leaving those settings unchanged, users install both adware and software that they intend to install. In some cases, adware gets installed after clicking on deceptive ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from legitimate sources (such as official websites and direct links). Check downloaders and installers for optional downloads and installations (unwanted apps) and deselect them before downloading and installing programs. Do not click on advertisements appearing on torrent sites, pages related to gambling, adult dating, and so on.

If your computer is already infected with GlobalProcesser, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Fake installer used to distribute GlobalProcesser (first installation step):

globalprocesser adware installer step 1

Installer used to distribute GlobalProcesser (second installation step):

globalprocesser adware installer step 2

Pop-up window displayed when GlobalProcesser adware is present on the system:

globalprocesser adware pop-up that appears while adware is present

Text in this pop-up:

"GlobalProcesserd" will damage your computer.
 
This file was downloaded on an unknown date.
 
OK
Show in Finder

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

  • ~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.GlobalProcesser.service.app
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.GlobalProcesser.service.plist
  • /Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.GlobalProcesser.system
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.GlobalProcesser.system.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like GlobalProcesser alter system proxy settings, thereby causing unwanted redirects to a variety of questionable websites.

The redirects are likely to remain even after removing the application itself. Thus, you'll have to restore them manually.

Step 1: Click on the gear icon in the Dock to navigate to the system settings. If the icon is not present in the Dock, you can find it in the Launchpad.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the system settings

Step 2: Navigate to the Network settings.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the network settings

Step 3: Select the connected network and click "Advanced...".

Changing proxy settings - select the connected network and click Advanced...

Step 4: Click on the "Proxies" tab and untick all the protocols. You should also set the settings of each protocol to default - "*.local, 169.254/16".

Changing proxy settings - untick all the options and set their settings to default

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove GlobalProcesser adware using Combo Cleaner:

GlobalProcesser adware removal:

Remove GlobalProcesser-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 globalprocesser 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by GlobalProcesser removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by globalprocesser 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 globalprocesser 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 globalprocesser 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 cause various problems. The most common ones are diminished browsing experience, invaded privacy, decreased computer performance.

What does adware do?

Adware displays unwanted and annoying advertisements. Additionally, adware can be designed to promote a fake search engine (by hijacking a web browser) and gather information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers generate revenue by promoting various products, websites, services, etc. Most of them use affiliate programs as sources of income.

Will Combo Cleaner remove GlobalProcesser adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed adware. It is not always easy to get rid of adware manually - components belonging to adware remain in the system even after the removal. Thus, it is recommended to remove adware with specialized software/automatically.

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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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