How to remove LaunchSystem (Mac)

LaunchSystem is a doubtful extension for internet application operating on Mac OS environment. It can appear without a notice on Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox. The icon of LaunchSystem will likewise be visible on Dock, Application folder, as well as internet browser settings. Because of this intrusive behavior, most Mac users who come into contact with it assumes that it is part of virus infection. Fortunately, Launch System does not fall under the virus category list. That being said, this app is less hazardous and not as harmful as computer viruses.

LaunchSystem Mac Penetration

The overall community of adware where LaunchSystem app belongs spreads online using various schemes. Hence, it was observed that attackers are relying more on software bundling technique to widely spread the unwanted program. LaunchSystem app could be embedded to freeware like games, utilities, creativity suites, media player, file converter, and any free software that confidently attracts users from downloading. Normally, these types of cost-less applications are offered on distrustful sites like torrent portals, suspicious freeware downloads, and cracked software sites. There are also cases that ads originating from dubious sites as Disputerer.work, Adminished.work, or Undertain.work will force the acquisition of LaunchSystem app carrier including fake update for Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, and media player.

Next to the software bundling technique, actors who made LaunchSystem also employs aggressive types of advertisements to approach web users. This pushy ad campaign may also pretend as a valuable software update to lure online users to download and install the setup file, which will actually launch the process of loading LaunchSystem onto the Mac computer.

Image of LaunchSystem Application

LaunchSystem is Both and Adware and PUA

Like older variants as ExecutiveOperation and UpdateAdmin, LaunchSystem app operates as adware and PUA. It was labeled potentially unwanted application (PUA) because it is well versed in using different misleading tactics to persuade users and carry out an unwanted installation. After it successfully penetrated Mac computer, LaunchSystem app launches an ad campaign to display different aggressive advertisements in the browser program. Keep in mind that ads originating from LaunchSystem are coming from an underground ad network, and therefore, the majority of these may contain links that forwards the browser to bad landing pages.

Presence of LaunchSystem is the basis for different annoyances and browser misbehavior. Although it is not deemed as computer virus, risk factors could possibly develop during its existence in Mac computer. So, the removal of Launch System app is highly recommended. For a complete set of guides, please navigate the next section. Also included are virus and malware scanners to check if computer is infected with extra adware or malware.

Procedures to Remove LaunchSystem from Mac

This area contains comprehensive procedures to help you remove adware and potentially unwanted program from the computer.

Guide on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Quick Fix - Scan the System with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of adware like LaunchSystem. You may need to purchase full version if you require to maximize its premium features.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

Install Combo Cleaner

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing LaunchSystem.

Combo Cleaner Scanner

6. Free features of Combo Cleaner include Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus and privacy scanner, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable in manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 1 : Delete LaunchSystem from Mac Applications

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find LaunchSystem or any unwanted program.

Delete Unwanted App

4. Drag LaunchSystem to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Right-click on Trash icon and click on Empty Trash.

Step 2 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to LaunchSystem

1. Locate the add-on or extension that is relevant to the adware. To do this, please follow the following depending on affected browser.

Safari - Choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon. This will open a window showing all installed extensions.

Chrome - Select Preferences from the Chrome menu, and then click the Extensions link found on the left pane.

Firefox - Choose Add-ons from the Menu. Look at both the Extensions and Plug-ins lists when it opens a new window.

2. Once you have located LaunchSystem, click on Remove or Uninstall, to get rid of it.

3. Close the browser and proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed LaunchSystem

1. Select and copy the string below to your Clipboard by pressing Command + C on your keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

2. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar please select Go > Go to Folder...

3. Press Command + V on your keyboard to paste the copied string. Press Return to go to the said folder.

Command + V

4. You will now see a folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.LaunchSystem
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.ltvbit.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may masks the actual name with following:

- ExecutiveOperation, UpdateAdmin

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing LaunchSystem to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the most latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files. Please press Option + Command + 4 on your keyboard to arrange the application list in chronological order.

Option+Command+4

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files as you may also delete the same item on another folder as we go on.

5. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

6. Please restart the computer.

7. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and Paste the following string to easily locate the folder.

~/Library/Application Support

8. Look for any suspicious items that are similar to the ones in Step 4. Drag them to the Trash.

9. Repeat the process on the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/Application Support

10. Lastly, go to your Finder and open the Applications Folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- ExecutiveOperation, UpdateAdmin

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad, Utilities folder, open Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

Force Quit Apps

3. Click on Force Quit button.

4. You may now delete or remove locked files that belongs to LaunchSystem adware.

Step 4 : Double-check with MBAM Tool for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac from this link:

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac. It will check for updates and download if most recent version is available. This is necessary in finding recent malware threats including LaunchSystem.

3. If it prompts to close all running web browser, please do so. Thus, we advise you to PRINT this guide for your reference before going offline.

4. Once it opens the user interface, please click on Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

MBAM for Mac

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac will display a list of identified threats, LaunchSystem is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 5 : Remove LaunchSystem from Homepage and Search

Safari

- Open your Safari browser.
- Go to Safari Menu located on upper left hand corner, and then select Preferences.
- Under General tab, navigate to Default Search Engine section and select Google or any valid search engine.
- Next, be sure that "New Windows Open With" field is set to Homepage.
- Lastly, remove LaunchSystem from the Homepage field. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Google Chrome

- Open Chrome browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and press Enter on keyboard : chrome://settings/
- Look for 'On Startup' area.
- Select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'.
- Click on More Actions and select Edit.
- Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing LaunchSystem. Click Save.
- To set default search engine, go to Search Engine area.
- Click on 'Manage search engines...' button.
- Go to questionable Search Engine. Click on More Actions and Click 'Remove from list'.
- Go back to Search Engine area and choose valid entry from Search engine used in the address bar.

Mozilla Firefox

- Run Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and hit Enter on keyboard : about:preferences
- On Startup area, select 'Show your home page' under 'When Firefox starts' field.
- Under Home Page field, type the desired URL to replace LaunchSystem settings.
- To configure default search engine, select Search on left sidebar to display settings.
- Under Default Search Engine list, please select one.
- On the same page, you have an option to Remove unwanted search engine.

Optional : If unable to change browser settings, execute these steps:

Some user complains that there is no way to change browser settings because it is grayed out by LaunchSystem. In such situation, it is important to check if there is unwanted profile. Please do the following:

1. Quit any running applications and launch System Preferences from your Dock.

2. Under System Preferences, click Profiles.

3. Select LaunchSystem or any relevant profile from the left pane. See image below.

Remove Profile

4. At the bottom of this window, click minus [-] button to delete the account. Please refer to image above.

5. Close the Profiles window and open the affected browser to change all settings associated with LaunchSystem.

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