How to remove RecognitionAssist adware from Mac

Delete RecognitionAssist from OS

RecognitionAssist is identified as potentially unwanted application that has been designed by cyber criminals to operate both as adware and browser hijacker. It is specifically designed to promote nasty threats which can cause several new problems that will completely degrade your entire system. It is used to display third party pop-up ads on the infected system and redirect user searches on malicious websites for making illegal profit. It is an adware infection that is programmed to show annoying pop-up ads on the desktop but its harmful activities are not only limited for showing ads. This malware will stay in the background and keep performing its harmful activities that will soon start to show its effect on your computer performance and speed.

What is RecognitionAssist?

However, users do not download and install such app intentionally and that’s why they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications. It is also common that these types of apps are designed to gather information related to users browsing activity/habit. Since it is classified as an adware because it serves various online advertisements on your computer as well as browser. The displayed ads are in form of pop-ups, banners, coupons, deals, discounts, surveys and other similar type of ads. In case, if you click on such displayed ads you will get redirected to harmful websites that contain lots of nasty viruses and threats. Thus, it is not safe to click on such ads as it executes malicious scripts that are designed to download and install software like PUAs.

Moreover, it also have browser hijacker qualities that are used to change browsers settings such as address of homepage, new tab and search engine in order to promote address of a fake search engine. Due to this users are insisted to visit hijacker’s websites when they open new browser tab/window or type any search query into URL bar. The worst part of this app is that it collects various data. The gathered details include addresses of visited websites, IP addresses, pages viewed, entered search queries and other similar details. Although, both adware and browser hijacker can also collect personal as well as sensitive details. Later, people behind this share all those details with third parties who misuse it in order to generate revenue as much as possible. Thus, presence of this software on computer leads to severe privacy issues, browsing safety and even lead to identity exposure. So, to avoid all such problems, you are recommended not to download and install RecognitionAssist or any other app of this type.

Threat specification

Name: RecognitionAssist

Type: Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus

Symptoms: Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, and 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.

Removal: Both automatic as well as manual guide have been discussed below under this article.

Intrusion methods of RecognitionAssist:

In most cases, PUAs gets downloaded and installed into your computer without having your permission. This malware mostly intrude into your system through setups of other software that is present in various installation setups as additional offers. Usually, information about such apps is hidden behind custom or advance options as well as other similar settings. Although, not all people check all those available settings and keep them remain unchanged and unchecked and often allow unwanted applications to be get downloaded and installed. On the other hand, PUAs are also spread through intrusive advertisements.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is very much important to use official websites and direct download links for downloading/installing any program. Other untrustworthy tools that are mentioned in above paragraph should be avoided as it likely offer deceptive or bundled content. While installing any apps, it is important to read terms, explore all possible options, use custom/advance settings and opt out for all additionally included programs. Furthermore, it is advised not to click on deceptive ads that are displayed on shady pages related to pornography, adult-dating and so on. Once clicked, they often open other potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads or installations. So, you are advised not to click on such ads.

Remove RecognitionAssist

Manual malware removal method is lengthy and time-consuming as it takes lots of time to detect and delete this nasty threat. It also requires some advanced computer skill. So, if you are novice users then we suggest you to use some reliable antivirus removal tool that can remove RecognitionAssist and all infiltrated adware completely and safely from the infected machine.

Automatic Removal of RecognitionAssist (Instant Solution)

The deletion and uninstallation of components related to RecognitionAssist is possible through both manual as well as automatic process. However, the manual removal steps require a lot of expertise and technical knowledge. It is advised to use an automatic RecognitionAssist removal tool so that you can remove all the threats present in the work-station in hassle-free way. Additionally, it improves the PC security setting and protects the PC from malware attacks in future.

Remove all the suspicious files, folders and PUA related to RecognitionAssist from Mac OSX

Step 1: In the /Library/LaunchAgents folder, check for all the suspicious files that are generated by the adware.

In the Go to Folder … bar, type /Library/LaunchAgents

In “LaunchAgents” folder, you can check for any suspicious files or folders and move them to “Trash”. Some of the common suspicious files types are “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist” , “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, and so on.

Step2: Check for suspicious files and folders created by the adware in /Library /Application Support folder

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

Go to “Application Support” folder and check for any new files or folder that looks suspicious. Doubtful applications such as “NicePlayer” and “MPlayerX” etc. should be moved to Trash

Step3: Check for suspicious files and folders created by the adware in /Library /LaunchAgents folder:

In Go to Folder bar, type /Library/LaunchAgents

In the “LaunchAgents”, select all the recently added files and folders that looks suspicious and move them to “Trash”. Example of some of the suspicious files are “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist” and so on.

Step4: Check for suspicious files and folders created by the adware in /Library /LaunchDaemons folder:

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

In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, looks for all the suspicious and doubtful files that have been recently added. Some of the example of such files are “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, “com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist” and move them to “Trash”.

Step5: Remove RecognitionAssist from Internet Browsers

Delete Malicious Extensions from Safari

Uninstall all the extension related to RecognitionAssist from “Safari”

Open the Safari Browser, In the menu bar, select “Safari” and click on “Preferences”

In the preference window, choose “Extension” and search for any newly added suspicious extension. When any suspicious extensions get detected, select the “Uninstall” button next to them. You must know that none of the extensions are necessary for daily browsing activities.

Remove all the plug-ins related to RecognitionAssist from “Mozilla Firefox”

Delete all the add-ons related to RecognitionAssist from Mozilla Firefox

Open the Mozilla Firefox. Click on the “Open Menu” present at the top right corner of the screen. In the newly opened menu, choose “Add-ons”.

In the “Extension tab”, select all the suspicious add-ons and click on the remove button next to them. Again, you can delete all the extension as none of them are necessary for the normal browser operation

Remove Malicious Extension from Google Chrome

Delete Google Chrome add-ons related to RecognitionAssist

Open Google Chrome and click on “Chrome menu” that is located on the top-right corner of the screen. In the drop-down menu, choose “More Tools” and select “Extensions”.

In the extension window, select all the suspicious add-ons. After tracing all of them, click on the “Trash” option button next to them. Again, if require you can delete all the extensions as they are not necessary for normal browsing activities.

Step 6:  Scan the Mac PC with an automatic RecognitionAssist Removal Tool

If you execute all the steps mentioned above in your Mac as it is stated, your work-station will get free from malware. However, to be sure that your PC is free malware, it is advised to scan it with a powerful anti-malware tool. Using automatic tool is also recommended because not every victims or users have expertise and technical knowledge to execute the manual process mentioned above in a proper way.

After you download the application, you have to execute in your work-station and begin the automatic scanning. On scanning, if it shows” RecognitionAssist threats found”. You can select its files and folders and remove it.

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