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How to uninstall FocusAhead a computer

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

What kind of application is FocusAhead?

FocusAhead is an untrustworthy application that displays intrusive advertisements and can read sensitive information. Apps that show ads are called adware (advertising-supported software). Typically, users install adware on their computers unintentionally. We discovered FocusAhead while inspecting deceptive pages.

FocusAhead adware

FocusAhead adware in detail

Applications such as FocusAhead often display advertisements designed to promote shady websites and applications. If clicked, those ads can open phishing websites, technical support scam pages, websites offering to download "useful", apps, or even malicious pages. Additionally, those ads can be designed to download or install unwanted apps.

Another reason not to install FocusAhead is that it can read sensitive information. This app can read passwords, phone numbers, credit card details, and other sensitive data. Also, it can access browsing history. All this information can be misused for malicious purposes (e.g., to steal accounts and identities, make fraudulent purchases, etc.).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by FocusAhead
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-DH [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Application.Generic.3202459), 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

It is common for apps of this type to be designed to hijack browsers. They promote fake search engines by changing the settings of web browsers such as the default search engine, homepage and (or) new tab page. Using fake search engines can lead to untrustworthy websites.

There are many apps similar to FocusAhead. Some examples are ActiveAnalyzer, AdvantageMethod, and MainFrameSelect.

How did FocusAhead install on my computer?

Users often install apps like FocusAhead via fake installers downloaded from shady websites (e.g., pages claiming that installed software is outdated, some application is required to perform certain actions, etc.). Also, adware can be bundled with other software and promoted via untrustworthy advertisements and notifications from dubious pages.

When software is bundled with adware, it has "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings or ticked checkboxes in its installer. Users install adware when they finish software installations without changing those settings or unticking checkboxes that mention optional installations.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Do not complete downloads and installations without deselecting unwanted apps. Do not trust advertisements appearing on shady websites or allow such websites to show notifications. Download apps and files from legitimate pages (or stores).

Do not use P2P networks, torrent sites, third-party downloaders, questionable websites, etc., as sources for downloading software. If your computer is already infected with FocusAhead, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

The message that appears after the installation of FocusAhead adware:

focusahead adware pop-up displayed after the installation

FocusAhead installed on Safari:

focusahead adware installed on safari

FocusAhead's installation folder:

focusahead adware installation folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove FocusAhead adware using Combo Cleaner:

FocusAhead adware removal:

Remove FocusAhead-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 intrusive advertisements. Also, it can slow down a computer and cause issues related to online privacy and browsing safety.

What does adware do?

Most advertising-supported apps display advertisements while users browse the Internet. Also, they can be designed to hijack web browsers (by manipulating their settings) and gather information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

A big part of adware developers uses affiliate programs to monetize adware. They participate in affiliate programs to promote websites, products, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove FocusAhead adware?

Combo Cleaner will remove adware and other unwanted (including malicious) software. It can be difficult to remove adware manually without leaving any of its data in the system. Thus, it is recommended to uninstall 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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