Remove ProductTask from Mac OS X

Tips for ProductTask removal

Developers advertise ProductTask as an app that helps in searching the web. It supposedly provides accurate search result and other similar features. However, app of this type should not be trusted.  Three main negative associations with this app are: intrude by stealth without any consent, change settings of installed browser settings and collect data related to users’ browsing session. Besides, it interferes in browsing by displaying various unwanted, intrusive advertisements.

Threat Summary

Name: ProductTask

Type: Adware

Symptoms: Browsing speed and its operation get slower than the normal, visited pages do not clearly appear, unwanted ads, redirection to shady sites

Distribution methods: Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers, fake flash player installers

Damage: browsing tracking (privacy issue), unwanted ads, redirection to dubious sites, personal data theft

Removal: To eliminate ProductTask, researchers recommend scanning device with some reputable antivirus tool

The advertisements that ProductTask delivers, apart from annoying and disturbing, are distribute or intrusive in nature. They appear in the form of pop-up ads, coupons, surveys, and so on and try to trick people into clicking them and redirecting them to unreliable websites. Some of the ads are designed to execute malicious scripts to download potentially dangerous software. Either case, users should not interact with the ads.

Further, the adware can track users’ browsing activities/habits and collect the data such as IP addresses, search queries, viewed pages, URLs visited and others similar. It can record stored personal information on browsers. People who design the app can share the details to potent Cybercriminals who misuse the data to generate illicit revenue. Thus, the app like ProductTask which has data tracking capability can create the risk of privacy and can case users’ identity exposure. This is why, it is highly recommended remove the adware as soon as possible.

How did ProductTask intrude inside my PC?

Potentially unwanted programs mostly infiltrate through intrusive advertisements that are capable of executing certain malicious script or during downloading or installing moment of some free software. Developers include the PUP in setups with regular software as optional download. However, the information about the attached apps installation does not clearly disclosed to the users. This is hidden in Custom/Advanced option of downloading/installation process. if these settings are unchecked and unchanged during the installation process, the PUPs get the way to intrude and install inside PC.

How to avoid intruding unwanted apps?

Use trustworthy, official websites only and avoid p2p networks such as torrent clients, eMule and so on, unofficial pages, etc that often download and install PUPs. Further, pay close attention during installation moment. Choose Custom/Advanced option and opt out all additionally attached apps and decline all offers with the chosen software for download. Do not click on intrusive ads that usually lead to questionable websites or cause unwanted apps downloads, installations. Moreover, use some reputable antivirus tool that provides adequate protection to your PC and prevents any dangerous things from happening.

Remove ProductTask

Below, step by step removal guide is provided for you. Follow it so that you will not find any trouble when performing the removal process. You can use some reputable antivirus tool to automatically remove ProductTask from the system.

Automatic Removal of ProductTask (Instant Solution)

The deletion and uninstallation of components related to ProductTask 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 ProductTask 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 ProductTask 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 ProductTask from Internet Browsers

Delete Malicious Extensions from Safari

Uninstall all the extension related to ProductTask 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 ProductTask from “Mozilla Firefox”

Delete all the add-ons related to ProductTask 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 ProductTask

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 ProductTask 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” ProductTask threats found”. You can select its files and folders and remove it.

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