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How to remove the AnalyzerState adware from the operating system

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

What is AnalyzerState?

Our research team discovered the AnalyzerState rogue application during a routine inspection of new submissions to VirusTotal. After analyzing this piece of software, we determined that it operates as adware. Furthermore, we learned that AnalyzerState belongs to the AdLoad malware family.

AnalyzerState adware detections on VirusTotal

AnalyzerState adware overview

Advertising-supported software (adware) displays advertisements on visited websites and/or different interfaces. It might not run intrusive advert campaigns if specific requirements are unmet, e.g., browser/system is incompatible, particular sites are not visited, etc. However, regardless of whether AnalyzerState displays ads or not - it endangers device/user safety.

Adware-delivered advertisements promote questionable websites and those hosting dubious/malicious content (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, fake virus scams, phishing, hoax giveaways, etc.). These ads also push harmful software and even malware.

Furthermore, when clicked on, some intrusive adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent. Note that any genuine products encountered through these adverts are most likely endorsed by scammers abusing their affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.

AnalyzerState might have browser-hijacking functionalities, as they are common for AdLoad adware. However, this app did not exhibit any during testing.

What is more, AnalyzerState may collect private data. Advertising-supported software typically targets visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, etc. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like AnalyzerState on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AnalyzerState
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (AnalyzerState.system)
Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Adload.15), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Agent.u), 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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Adware examples

We have analyzed countless adware-type applications; TaskPostTwinValley, and SagaDynasty are merely a few examples. Software within this classification tends to appear legitimate and offers various features. However, the functionalities rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they are nonoperational.

How did AnalyzerState install on my computer?

AnalyzerState was installed onto our test system by a fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer. However, adware can also be bundled with ordinary software/media. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.

Additionally, intrusive ads proliferate advertising-supported software. Once clicked on, some of the advertisements can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.

Adware can also have "official" download pages, and it is promoted on scam websites. Most users enter such sites through redirects caused by webpages using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, misspelled URLs, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software and downloading from official/verified sources. Furthermore, installation processes have to be approached with caution. Hence, we advise reading terms, exploring available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all supplements.

Another recommendation is to be vigilant when browsing - as fraudulent and malicious content typically appears legitimate. For example, intrusive advertisements look harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., pornography, gambling, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this type, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with AnalyzerState, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed when AnalyzerState adware is detected on the system

Text presented in this pop-up:

"AnalyzerState" will damage your computer.

     

This file was downloaded on an unknown date.

     

OK
Show in Finder

Delusive installer (fake Flash Player updater) promoting AnalyzerState adware;

First installation step:

Delusive installer used to promote AnalyzerState adware (step 1)

Second installation step:

Delusive installer used to promote AnalyzerState adware (step 2)

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

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

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like AnalyzerState 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:

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AnalyzerState adware removal:

Remove AnalyzerState-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

Manual removal of malicious Mac applications

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 browsing quality and system performance. It displays ads that can be deceptive/malicious and cause serious problems (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.). Advertising-supported software typically has data tracking functionalities, which also make it a privacy threat.

What does adware do?

Adware operates by enabling the placement of advertisements on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Additionally, some types can force-open sites and gather vulnerable data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers generate revenue primarily through affiliate programs by promoting websites, software, products, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove AnalyzerState adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate detected adware-type applications. It has to be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective. Since even after the advertising-supported software has been (manually) removed - various remnants (files) may stay within the system. Furthermore, these leftovers can continue running and causing issues. Therefore, thoroughness is crucial for adware removal.

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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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