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How to remove AllocateClassics from the operating system

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

What kind of application is AllocateClassics?

AllocateClassics is an advertising-supported application designed to show advertisements. Our team discovered this app while checking out deceptive pages instructing visitors to update supposedly outdated software with a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. AllocateClassics is not a trustworthy application that should never be installed.

AllocateClassics adware

AllocateClassics adware in detail

Advertisements displayed by AllocateClassics can open shady websites asking to provide sensitive information, offering to download potentially malicious software, instructing to call fake technical support numbers, etc. Also, clicking those ads can cause unexpected downloads or even installations.

We also learned that AllocateClassics can read sensitive information from web pages, including passwords, phone numbers, and credit card details, and see browsing history. Such information can be misused for malicious purposes (e.g., to steal online accounts or make fraudulent purchases).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AllocateClassics
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-TX [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.27153), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Symantec (OSX.Trojan.Gen.2), 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

Advertising-supported applications display annoying/intrusive advertisements. After testing numerous adware-type application, we learned that most of them are promoted as useful/legitimate apps. In some cases, adware promotes fake search engines - it hijacks a web browser by changing its settings.

Examples of different adware-type apps are OrionRound, SampleFormat, and PickGrid.

How did AllocateClassics install on my computer?

Advertising-supported applications tend to be distributed in deceptive ways, for example, via shady advertisements, fake installers, and software bundles. Advertisements can only cause unwanted downloads/installations if designed to execute certain scripts. Fake installers are usually disguised as installers for legitimate software (distributed via deceptive pages).

When adware is bundled with other software, it gets installed after finishing installations without making changes in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or similar settings. In all cases, users download and install advertising-supported applications unintentionally.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications and files only from trustworthy sources such as official pages and stores. Always check downloaders and installers for optional downloads and installations, and deselect unwanted apps before downloading or installing software. Do not click on advertisements notifications displayed on or by shady websites.

If your computer is already infected with AllocateClassics, 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 AllocateClassics adware:

allocateclassics adware pop-up displayed once installation is finished AllocateClassics installed on Safari:

allocateclassics adware installed on safari

AllocateClassics's installation folder:

allocateclassics adware installation folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove AllocateClassics adware using Combo Cleaner:

AllocateClassics adware removal:

Remove AllocateClassics-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?

The most common problems caused by adware are diminished Internet browsing experience and affected computer performance. When adware can read sensitive information, it may be invading privacy.

What does adware do?

The purpose of adware is to show various advertisements. There are cases when adware is capable of changing the settings of a web browser to promote a fake search engine.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Usually, they participate in affiliate programs and get paid for advertising various products, services, web pages, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove AllocateClassics adware?

Combo Cleaner will remove adware from the operating system. It will not leave any files belonging to adware which can be a problem after manual 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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