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How to remove AdvanceServices from the operating system

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

What kind of application is AdvanceServices?

We discovered the AdvanceServices application while inspecting a deceptive website claiming that some installed software is outdated. After downloading and installing it on the operating system, we learned that AdvanceServices generates advertisements and has no useful features. Therefore, we concluded that AdvanceServices is an advertising-supported application.

AdvanceServices adware

More about adware

In most cases, clicking on ads displayed by adware leads to questionable websites. A big part of those ads opens various scams (e.g., technical support scams), phishing pages, deceptive sites offering to download shady apps, etc. In some cases, adware can show ads designed to download or even install unwanted software.

Adware can cause problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, and other issues. Software of this type can be capable of reading sensitive information (e.g., passwords, credit card details). Thus, if AdvanceServices or any similar app is installed, it should be removed as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AdvanceServices
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.26689), 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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Adware in general

The purpose of adware is to feed users with annoying advertisements. In addition to that, adware can hijack a web browser (by changing its settings) and collect personal data. It is very common for adware to be promoted and distributed using deceptive methods. More examples of apps similar to AdvanceServices are CompellingEntry, ElementForce, and BasicTransaction.

How did AdvanceServices install on my computer?

One of the most popular ways to distribute apps like AdvanceServices is to use fake installers (e.g., a fake Adobe Flash Player installer). These installers are promoted mainly on deceptive pages claiming that installed software is outdated. They install adware instead of updates for the installed software.

Also, adware often gets installed via shady ads and installers for other software. When software is bundled with adware, it has "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings in its installer. Adware installs after finishing the software installation without changing the provided settings.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications from official websites and platforms. Do not use shady pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources to download apps or files. Also, do not click on ads displayed on dubious websites or allow such pages to show notifications.

Deselect optional (unwanted) installations before completing the software installation. If your computer is already infected with AdvanceServices, 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 AdvanceServices adware:

advanceservices adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

The installation folder of AdvanceServices:

advanceservices adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove AdvanceServices adware using Combo Cleaner:

AdvanceServices adware removal:

Remove AdvanceServices-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?

In most cases, adware diminishes the web browsing experience by bombarding users with ads that cover the contents of visited pages. Also, adware can slow down a computer and even invade privacy.

What does adware do?

Software of this type generates advertisements. Additionally, it can function as a browser hijacker and collect various data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most of them participate in affiliate programs and use adware to promote various products, websites, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove AdvanceServices adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and completely remove adware from the operating system. It is recommended to remove adware automatically (with a specialized app). Pretty often, various files and other leftovers belonging to the adware that is removed manually remain in the system even after the removal.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact 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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