Remove MicroBoard – Mac Adware

MicroBoard is a disturbing Mac application that is known to cause trouble once it is installed. Luckily for victims, it is not as hazardous as computer viruses. MicroBoard is not contagious and doesn’t infect the system or relevant files. This only means that this unwanted application will not cause too many problems. Hence, its existence on the Mac computer should not be taken for granted. It is a fact that MicroBoard is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) or Adware. That being said, it can be the source of additional adware or malware contamination.

Effects of MicroBoard infection

The subject is deemed adware or ad-supported software. This only means that it can infiltrate the Mac OS discreetly and attack the browser program. Once installed, MicroBoard carries out unwanted modifications that alter the preferred homepage and search engine of Mac users. Therefore, online searching will never be as accurate as before. In fact, the search result pages will show misleading links and advertisements as long as MicroBoard is controlling the browser program.

Ads that emerge from MicroBoard mean to forward the browser pages to malicious sites, including Notifonline.com, Flshplayer.com, and so on. The objective is to push for the download and installation of adware or malware. Most of the time, the destination pages are fake software update websites that mislead web users to download dubious programs.

Sources of MicroBoard

Adware normally arrives on the computer uninvited. It is usually packed with suspicious software like free games, utilities, internet boosters, creativity suites, and so on. The execution of such software paves the way for MicroBoard to get installed on the Mac computer without the approval of the Mac user. Thus, it is not a good idea to neglect the presence of this unwanted program. In addition, clicking on supposed Adobe or Google Chrome update websites can also lead to an adware infection. These sites are actually fake software update pages that will install MicroBoard on the Mac computer.

Screenshot of MicroBoard

For a complete guide to removing MicroBoard adware from Macs, please navigate to the next section. It provides a systematic guide as well as virus and malware scanners that can locate and delete malicious objects relevant to MicroBoard.

Staying away from Mac adware

To avoid MicroBoard adware infections on your Mac, practice cautious downloading and installation habits. Only download software from reputable sources, such as the official Apple App Store or the developers’ official websites. Avoid third-party websites that offer free or cracked versions of paid software, as these often come bundled with adware like MicroBoard. Always read through the installation prompts carefully, unchecking any boxes that indicate additional software installations to prevent unintentional adware installations.

Keep your Mac’s operating system and applications updated to patch any vulnerabilities that could be exploited by MicroBoard adware. Regularly check for and install updates to ensure your system has the latest security features. Utilize reputable antivirus or anti-malware software for Mac, and regularly scan your system for potential threats. Additionally, be cautious when clicking on online advertisements and pop-ups, as some may be designed to trick users into downloading MicroBoard. By adopting these practices, you can significantly reduce the risk of adware infections on your Mac.

Procedures to Remove MicroBoard 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 Mac Computer 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 MicroBoard. You may need to purchase the full version if you want 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 your antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates.

6. Next, click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing MicroBoard.

Combo Cleaner Scanner

7. 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 manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 1 : Delete MicroBoard 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 MicroBoard or any unwanted program and suspicious item. It may also disguise itself as a different file with random names.

Delete Unwanted App

4. Drag the suspicious file to the 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 MicroBoard

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 MicroBoard, 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 MicroBoard

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.MicroBoard.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may use the following file names:

- MicroBoard, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing MicroBoard 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.

- MicroBoard

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 MicroBoard 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 the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including MicroBoard.

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 the 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, and MicroBoard is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click the Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 5 : Remove MicroBoard from Homepage and Search

Safari

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

Google Chrome

- Open the Google Chrome browser.
- Input the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard : chrome://settings/
- Look for 'On Startup' area on the sidebar.
- Select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'.
- Choose the unwanted homepage, and click on Ellipses (three dots) and select Edit.
- Enter the desired web address as your homepage, replacing the MicroBoard setting. Click Save.
- To set the default search engine, go to the Search Engine area from the sidebar link.
- Click on 'Manage search engines...' button.
- Select the questionable Search Engine and click on Ellipses (three dots). ClickDelete. to remove it from the list.
- Go back to the Search Engine area and choose a valid entry (i.e., Google) 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
- Click Home on the sidebar area.
- Under "New Windows and Tabs", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs. - Input the desired URL to replace MicroBoard settings if you chose Custom URLs.
- To configure default search engine, select Search on the sidebar to display the settings.
- Under the Default Search Engine list, please select one (i.e., Google).
- On the same page, you have the option to Remove unwanted search engines.

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

Some users complain that there is no way to change browser settings because they are grayed out by MicroBoard. In such a situation, it is important to check if there is an 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 MicroBoard or any relevant profile from the left pane. See the image below.

Remove Mac Profile

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

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

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