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How to uninstall ThrillAlgorithm from the operating system

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

What is ThrillAlgorithm?

ThrillAlgorithm is the name of an application that we discovered while examining untrustworthy websites offering to download fake updates for the Adobe Flash Player. After downloading and installing ThrillAlgorithm, we found that it generates intrusive advertisements. Software of this type is called adware.

ThrillAlgorithm adware

ThrillAlgorithm adware in detail

Advertisements displayed by ThrillAlgorithm adware can open shady web pages. Its ads can open various scam pages designed to trick visitors into providing personal information, paying "fees", calling fake technical support numbers, downloading potentially malicious apps, etc. Also, those ads can download or even install unwanted software.

We also found that sometimes apps like ThrillAlgorithm can read sensitive information (e.g., passwords and credit card details). Data accessed by such apps can be misused for malicious purposes (e.g., sold to third parties, used to steal online accounts or identities).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ThrillAlgorithm
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-DH [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.27484), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Searchproxy.f), 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

Moreover, adware can have the properties of a browser hijacker. It can hijack a web browser by modifying its settings to promote a fake search engine. Typically, browser-hijacking apps change the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page and do not allow users to undo these changes while installed.

More examples of advertising-supported apps similar to ThrillAlgorithm are QuantityTopic, EditInstruction, and IronBrowse.

How did ThrillAlgorithm install on my computer?

Most often, apps like ThrillAlgorithm get installed via fake installers masquerading as installers for Adobe Flash Player. These installers are usually distributed via websites suggesting that Flash Player is outdated. Also, adware is distributed using software bundles and shady advertisements.

Installers used to distribute adware have "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings. Users install adware alongside other software when they do not change those settings. Advertisements can only download or install adware (or other types of software) only if designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Always download software from legitimate (official) websites and stores. Avoid using P2P networks, third-party downloaders, stores, unofficial websites, etc., to download it. Also, check downloaders and installers for optional downloads and installations and deselect the unwanted applications before downloading or installing software.

Do not trust advertisements appearing on dubious pages (e.g., torrent sites, illegal movie streaming pages) or agree to receive notifications from such sites. If your computer is already infected with ThrillAlgorithm, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

A window that pops up after the installation of ThrillAlgorithm adware:

thrillalgorithm adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

ThrillAlgorithm's installation folder:

thrillalgorithm adware installation folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ThrillAlgorithm adware using Combo Cleaner:

ThrillAlgorithm adware removal:

Remove ThrillAlgorithm-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?

It is common for computers with adware installed on them to operate slower. Also, adware can diminish the web browsing experience by showing ads that would cover the contents of visited pages.

What does adware do?

All advertising-supported apps have at least one thing in common - they show annoying advertisements. Also, they can hijack web browsers and collect data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Most adware developers participate in affiliate programs to monetize their software. They use adware to promote pages, products, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove ThrillAlgorithm adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will remove adware from the operating system (including ThrillAlgorithm). It is worth mentioning that sometimes it can be difficult to remove adware manually without leaving its files or other components in the system. Thus, it is recommended to remove adware automatically.

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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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