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How to remove GenerateExplorer adware

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

What kind of software is GenerateExplorer?

GenerateExplorer is the name of an adware-type application designed to generate intrusive advertisements. Typically, apps of this type are promoted and distributed on shady websites, via deceptive ads, and in similar ways. Our team has discovered GenerateExplorer on a shady website offering to download software updates.

GenerateExplorer adware

GenerateExplorer adware in detail

Apps that operate as adware generate pop-ups, banners, coupons, and (or) other ads. Clicking those ads usually opens questionable/potentially malicious pages (e.g., various scams, download sites for shady apps). In some cases, they can open malicious sites or cause unexpected downloads or even installations.

It is worth mentioning that apps like GenerateExplorer can be designed to hijack web browsers. They can replace the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab in the web browser's settings with a fake search engine. Usually, fake search engines promoted by apps of this kind show misleading results and redirect to shady websites.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by GenerateExplorer
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.26327), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Searchproxy.a), 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

We have examined plenty of apps similar to GenerateExplorer and found that some of them can read passwords, credit card details, and other sensitive information (including browsing history). Their developers can misuse such information for malicious purposes. Thus, it is highly advisable not to have any adware installed.

More examples of advertising-supported apps like GenerateExplorer are DataCharacter, DynamicInterface, and ExecutiveBrowser.

How did GenerateExplorer install on my computer?

Typically, adware-type apps get installed through installers for other programs or fake installers distributed via deceptive pages. Installers containing adware have "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings (or ticked checkboxes). Adware gets installed when finishing software installations without changing those settings.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications (and files) from official websites and platforms. Do not trust other sources like P2P networks, shady websites, third-party downloaders, etc. Deselect unwanted applications before downloading and installing software (it can be achieved using the settings provided in downloaders/installers).

Also, do not click on advertisements and fake buttons displayed by untrustworthy websites or allow such sites to show notifications. If your computer is already infected with GenerateExplorer, 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 GenerateExplorer adware:

generateexplorer adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

GenerateExplorer's Contents folder:

generateexplorer adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove GenerateExplorer adware using Combo Cleaner:

GenerateExplorer adware removal:

Remove GenerateExplorer-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 generateexplorer 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 GenerateExplorer removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by generateexplorer 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 generateexplorer 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 generateexplorer 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?

Software of this type can affect computer performance (it can slow down a computer), invade privacy, and diminish the web browsing experience.

What does adware do?

It generates various advertisements. Also, it can be used to promote fake search engines and gather information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of them use adware to promote various products, websites, and (or) services. They monetize adware using affiliate programs and similar methods.

Will Combo Cleaner remove GenerateExplorer adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all adware from it. No files or other components belonging to the removed adware will remain in the system (which can occur when trying to remove adware manually).

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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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