Uninstalling Mac Adware Cleaner

Look through the list of Applications to locate the software to delete. Once you have found the adware, right-click and select 'Move To Trash'. A few examples of adware you might find include Mac Cleanup Pro, WeKnow, Shlayer, Spigot, SurfBuyer, MacSaver, ShopperHelper and CrossRider. Open the Applications folder and move an item named 'Advanced Mac Cleaner' (if it's present) to the Trash. Also remove any items with a name such as 'Shoppy' or 'WebShoppy.' Empty the Trash. In the Extensions tab of the Safari preferences window, uninstall an extension named 'XSearch' if it's present. Also remove any other extensions that you don't know you need.

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How to remove GenerationUpdater from Mac?

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What is GenerationUpdater?

Adware is a type of software that displays ads. Although, GenerationUpdater not only does that but it also changes browser settings (promotes a fake search engine) and possibly collects browsing data, or other information. Simply said, GenerationUpdater functions as adware and a browser hijacker. In most cases users download and install apps like GenerationUpdater unintentionally, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

Adware-type apps like GenerationUpdater display banners, surveys, pop-ups, coupons and/or ads of other types. It is common that their ads are used to promote shady websites. In some cases they are designed to download and/or install some other unwanted apps by running certain scripts. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, GenerationUpdater changes browser settings as well. It promotes some fake search engine by assigning its address as the address of a default search engine, homepage and/or new tab. Therefore, users are forced to visit a certain address when they open a browser, new tab and/or enter search queries and cannot remove that address from browser settings as long as the app (browser hijacker) is installed on a browser (and/or computer).

It is possible that GenerationUpdater collects browsing data like IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations. It is also possible that it targets sensitive information. In such case its developers may misuse gathered information to generate revenue, for example, they could monetize it by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals).

Threat Summary:
NameAds by GenerationUpdater
Threat TypeAdware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Additional InformationThis application belongs to Adload malware family.
SymptomsYour Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet 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 adware examples are DigitalRecord, DigitalEngine and WizardUpdate. It is common for software of this type to be advertised as useful, legitimate. However, it is useless to its users and designed only to display ads, change browser settings and/or gather browsing-related or even sensitive information. As mentioned in the first paragraph, usually users download and install adware (and browser hijacker) unknowingly.

How did GenerationUpdater install on my computer?

It is common that adware, browser hijackers and PAUs of other types are distributed using a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling' - by including such apps in download and/or installation setups of other programs. Usually, offers to download and/or install included apps can be declined in 'Custom', 'Advanced' and other settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes that certain setups have. Users download and/or install PUAs when they leave those settings unchanged. In some cases users download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. Typically, such ads are displayed on dubious pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to check 'Custom', 'Advanced', 'Manual' and other settings (or checkboxes) for unwanted offers before completing downlaods and installations . Also, it is advised not to download (and/or install) software through untrustworthy, unofficial websites, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, installers, etc. Apps should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct links. Advertisements displayed on shady pages should not be clicked - they either open potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Additionally, there should not be any unwanted, suspicious extension, plug-in or add-on is installed on a web browser, or apps of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with GenerationUpdater, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once GenerationUpdater installation is over:

GenerationUpdater's Contents folder:

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  • STEP 1. Remove GenerationUpdater related files and folders from OSX.
  • STEP 2. Remove GenerationUpdater ads from Safari.
  • STEP 3. Remove GenerationUpdater adware from Google Chrome.
  • STEP 4. Remove GenerationUpdater ads from Mozilla Firefox.

Video showing how to remove GenerationUpdater adware using Combo Cleaner:

GenerationUpdater adware removal:

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Remove GenerationUpdater-related potentially unwanted applications from your 'Applications' folder:

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.

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Remove ads by generationupdater related files and folders:

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents


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 same string.

Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

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In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support


In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

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Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

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 same string.

Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:


In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons


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.

Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure 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 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 it's virus definition database and click 'Start Combo Scan' button.

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.

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

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Ads by GenerationUpdater removal from Internet browsers:

Remove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by generationupdater related Safari extensions:

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select 'Safari' and click 'Preferences...'.

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 normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by generationupdater related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the 'Open Menu' (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose 'Add-ons'.

Choose the 'Extensions' tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the 'Remove' button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by generationupdater related Google Chrome add-ons:

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Open Google Chrome and click the 'Chrome menu' (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose 'More Tools' and select 'Extensions'.

In the 'Extensions' window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the 'Trash' button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

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  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.