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How to remove TripleWhole from the operating system

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

What kind of software is TripleWhole?

Our malware researchers have discovered TripleWhole while examining deceptive pages claiming that it is required to update the Adobe Flash Player (with a fake installer). After downloading and installing TripleWhole, we found that it functions as adware. The purpose of this application is to display annoying advertisements.

TripleWhole adware

TripleWhole adware in detail

In most cases, clicking on advertisements generated by applications like TripleWhole opens shady websites. It can lead to phishing pages, various technical support scam sites, websites encouraging visitors to download questionable apps, etc. Sometimes, clicking such ads can cause unexpected downloads or even installations.

Moreover, TripleWhole can read sensitive information from websites, including passwords, phone numbers, and credit card details, and see what websites its users are visiting. The information read by TripleWhole may be misused to steal personal accounts, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, and more.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TripleWhole
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-TX [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.26939), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Symantec (OSX.Trojan.Gen), 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

As a rule, adware feeds users with unwanted advertisements. Additionally, it can collect various data and hijack web browsers. Most advertising-supported apps are promoted/distributed using questionable (deceptive) methods. There are plenty of apps similar to TripleWhole. Some examples are ConsoleControl, CladRumble, and SkyWard.

How did TripleWhole install on my computer?

A big part of adware similar to TripleWhole is distributed via fake Adobe Flash Player installers promoted via deceptive pages. It is also distributed by including it in installers for other software. It gets installed when installations are finished without changing "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings.

Sometimes, adware gets installed via shady advertisements. Those ads download or install adware after users click on them.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications from legitimate sources such as official pages and stores. Using Peer-to-Peer networks, third-party downloaders, shady pages, and similar sources can lead to unwanted and even malicious downloads. Also, do not click on advertisements showing up on shady pages or allow such sites to show notifications.

Deselect unwanted (optional) applications before downloading and installing software bundled with those apps. If your computer is already infected with TripleWhole, 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 TripleWhole adware:

triplewhole adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

TripleWhole installed on Safari:

triplewhole adware installed on safari

TripleWhole's installation folder:

triplewhole adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove TripleWhole adware using Combo Cleaner:

TripleWhole adware removal:

Remove TripleWhole-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?

Usually, adware diminishes the web browsing experience by displaying ads that conceal the content of visited websites. Also, it can slow down a computer, hijack a web browser (cause unwanted redirects), and even invade privacy.

What does adware do?

Adware generates intrusive advertisements (pop-up ads, banners, surveys, coupons, and other ads).

How do adware developers generate revenue?

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

Will Combo Cleaner remove TripleWhole adware?

Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and eliminate adware from it. It is recommended to remove adware with specialized software (instead of doing so manually) to avoid leaving files and other components belonging to the removed adware in the system.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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