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How to remove EazyBit adware and the advertisements it displays

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

What is EazyBit?

While checking out new submissions to VirusTotal, our research team discovered the EazyBit rogue application. After inspecting it, we determined that this piece of software operates as adware. We also learned that EazyBit is part of the AdLoad malware family.

EazyBit adware

EazyBit adware overview

Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., display ads on various interfaces. The delivered adverts promote online scams, dubious/harmful software, and even malware. Some intrusive ads are capable of stealthily downloading/installing content when clicked on.

It must be mentioned that any legitimate products encountered through these advertisements are highly unlikely to be endorsed by their developers. Instead, this promotion is undertaken by scammers who abuse affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions.

Furthermore, even if adware does not display adverts – the presence of this software on a system endangers device and user safety.

EazyBit might have browser hijacker features, as they are common to AdLoad apps. However, we did not observe such traits during testing.

EazyBit may also have data-tracking abilities. Advertising-supported software usually collects the following information: visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, credit card numbers, etc. The gathered data can be monetized through sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like EazyBit on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by EazyBit
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-DH [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.Generic.32679042), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Searchproxy.f), 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

We have analyzed countless adware samples; DefaultFormatDefaultFormatStackMist – are just a couple of our latest finds. Advertising-supported software usually appears ordinary and useful. However, it rarely operates as indicated by its promotional material. Even if adware works as promised – it does not mean that it is legitimate or safe.

How did EazyBit install on my computer?

"Bundling" – packing regular program installation setups with unwanted/malicious supplements – is used to distribute adware. Downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushing through installation processes (e.g., using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system.

Adware can also have "official" download webpages, and it is endorsed on scam sites. Most users access such websites via redirects caused by pages using rogue advertising networks, misspelled URLs, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).

Intrusive advertisements proliferate advertising-supported software as well. Once clicked on, some intrusive adverts can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user permission.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified channels. When installing, it is important to read terms, explore available options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" setting to opt-out of additional apps, extensions, tools, features, etc.

Another recommendation is to be vigilant while browsing since illegitimate and malicious content usually appears ordinary and innocuous. For example, intrusive ads may look legitimate yet redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

If you keep encountering such advertisements/redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with EazyBit, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once EazyBit installation is complete

EazyBit adware's installation folder:

EazyBit adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove EazyBit adware using Combo Cleaner:

EazyBit adware removal:

Remove EazyBit-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 presence of adware on a device can decrease the browsing quality and system performance. This software displays advertisements promoting dangerous content that can cause severe issues, such as system infections, financial losses, etc. Additionally, adware typically collects private data – hence, it is considered to be a privacy threat.

What does adware do?

Adware operates by displaying ads on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Some types can also cause redirects and gather sensitive information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers generate revenue primarily through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, applications, products, services, and so forth.

Will Combo Cleaner remove EazyBit adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning computers and eliminating detected adware-type applications. However, it must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be an ideal solution. Since even after the adware has been manually removed – various file leftovers can remain within the system. Furthermore, these remnants can continue running and causing problems. Therefore, it is crucial to eliminate advertising-supported software 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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