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How to remove MinimalEnergy from the operating system

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

What kind of application is MinimalEnergy?

MinimalEnergy is advertising-supported software (adware) that shows various intrusive advertisements. In most cases, users install software of this type inadvertently. Our team discovered MinimalEnergy while analyzing a fake installer downloaded from an untrustworthy web page.

MinimalEnergy adware

MinimalEnergy adware in detail

MinimalEnergy can display advertisements designed to open technical support and other scam websites, shady pages using deceptive techniques to trick visitors into agreeing to receive notifications, websites offering to download questionable apps, etc. Also, MinimalEnergy can show ads designed to distribute (download/install) unwanted software.

Another reason not to trust MinimalEnergy is that it may be capable of reading browsing-related and sensitive information. Pretty often, adware developers use their software to obtain data that can be misused for malicious purposes. In such cases, adware can invade privacy and cause other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MinimalEnergy
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-TX [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.27210), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Fortinet (Adware/Synataeb!OSX), 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

Advertising-supported applications tend to be promoted as useful/legitimate apps. Nevertheless, most of them are useless and bombard users with annoying advertisements. In addition to showing ads, adware can promote fake search engines (by changing the settings of a web browser) and collect information.

More adware examples are TeachPad, OperationReview, and AnalyzerSystem.

How did MinimalEnergy install on my computer?

Typically, adware gets installed via software bundles, fake installers, untrustworthy advertisements designed to run certain scripts, or deceptive websites offering to download "useful" applications. Most users install adware on computers unintentionally.

When software bundles include adware, installers have "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or similar settings or ticked checkboxes. Users agree to install adware when they complete installations without changing those settings/deselecting unwanted apps.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download applications from official websites and legitimate stores. Do not download them from suspicious websites or use third-party downloaders, P2P networks, and similar sources. Never agree to receive notifications from questionable websites or click on advertisements appearing on pages of this kind.

Always check installers (and downloaders) for unwanted applications and deselect them before completing installations (or downloads). If your computer is already infected with MinimalEnergy, 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 MinimalEnergy adware:

minimalenergy adware pop-up displayed once installation is completed

MinimalEnergy's installation folder:

minimalenergy adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove MinimalEnergy adware using Combo Cleaner:

MinimalEnergy adware removal:

Remove MinimalEnergy-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?

Usually, adware diminishes the web browsing experience by showing ads that cover the contents of visited pages. Additionally, adware can invade privacy, manipulate the settings of a web browser, and slow down a computer.

What does adware do?

It bombards users with annoying pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc. Sometimes, it can hijack a web browser and collect information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

They use adware to promote products, services, web pages, etc. The main source of income is various affiliate programs.

Will Combo Cleaner remove MinimalEnergy adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove adware. It is worth mentioning that sometimes files belonging to adware remain in the system even after the removal (if adware is removed manually). Combo Cleaner removes adware without leaving any of its files or other components.

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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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