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How to eliminate ComputingInvolve adware from the operating system

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

What is ComputingInvolve?

While looking through new submissions to VirusTotal, our researchers discovered the ComputingInvolve application. Our analysis of this piece of rogue software revealed that it operates as adware. Additionally, we learned that this app is part of the AdLoad malware family.

ComputingInvolve adware

ComputingInvolve adware overview

Adware displays advertisements on visited sites and/or other interfaces. The ads promote untrustworthy, deceptive, and malicious websites and software. Furthermore, some intrusive adverts can perform stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked. It is noteworthy that any legitimate products encountered via these ads are most likely endorsed by scammers abusing their affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

However, even if advertising-supported software does not deliver advertisements - it still endangers device and user safety. Adware might not operate as intended if certain conditions are unsuitable, e.g., browser/system or user geolocation are incompatible, particular websites are not visited, etc.

ComputingInvolve may have browser hijacker abilities as they are common for AdLoad software, although this app did not exhibit any during testing.

What is more, this rogue application likely collects private information. Advertising-supported software typically targets browsing and search engine histories, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, financial/banking data, and so forth. The gathered information can then be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

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

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ComputingInvolve
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-TX [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.27154), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), McAfee (RDN/Generic.osx), 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

BridgeProDockMode, and EditWave are merely a couple examples of the adware that we have analyzed recently. This software usually appears legitimate and offers "handy" features. However, these functionalities rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.

How did ComputingInvolve install on my computer?

"Bundling" - packing regular program installers with unwanted/malicious supplements - is used to distribute adware. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.

Fake Adobe Flash Player installers are also used in adware distribution. Additionally, once clicked on, some intrusive advertisements are capable of performing downloads/installations without user consent.

Advertising-supported software is also pushed through dubious download webpages and scam sites. Most users access these websites via redirects caused by mistyped URLs, sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with the ability to force-open browsers).

How to avoid installation of adware?

We highly recommend researching software and downloading it from official and verified channels. It is just as important to approach installation processes with care. Hence, always read terms, inspect available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions.

We advise exercising caution when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content typically appears legitimate. For example, intrusive adverts look ordinary and innocuous, yet they redirect to unreliable/questionable websites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).

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

Pop-up window displayed once ComputingInvolve adware's installation is over:

Pop-up displayed once ComputingInvolve installation is complete

ComputingInvolve adware's installation folder:

ComputingInvolve adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ComputingInvolve adware using Combo Cleaner:

ComputingInvolve adware removal:

Remove ComputingInvolve-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 diminish the browsing experience and system performance. Its advertisements promote deceptive/malicious content that can cause serious problems like system infections, financial losses, etc. Advertising-supported software is also considered to be a threat to user privacy, as it usually has data tracking abilities.

What does adware do?

Adware enables the placement of ads on visited websites and/or different interfaces. Additionally, some types are capable of causing redirects and gathering private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers generate revenue primarily through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, software, products, services, and other content.

Will Combo Cleaner remove ComputingInvolve adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate all adware-type apps present. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be an ideal solution. In some instances, even after the adware has been (manually) removed - various components (files) remain within the system. The remnants might continue running and causing issues. Therefore, advertising-supported software must be removed thoroughly.

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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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