How to remove BoostCoordinator (Mac)

Adware is not necessary a new term especially in the online world. It describes an ad-supported software that was made to take advantage of browser’s connection to the internet to serve as many advertisements as it can in the essence of generating online profit. One example of an adware that is exploiting internet browser programs like Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox is named BoostCoordinator.

Mac user may come into contact with BoostCoordinator after downloading and installing a maliciously modified freeware, shareware, or any third party application where it is incorporated. This tactic aims to hide the installation of BoostCoordinator during the setup process of the free software. It gains access with minimal to no effort using the carrier while victims will surely find too much difficulty with the removal of this unwanted program.

Actually, Mac user can evade this intrusive penetrating ploy if they only take the extra steps in running the setup through Custom (Advanced) mode. Via this course, Mac user may be able to view the exact contents of the freeware and opt-out for the installation of BoostCoordinator app or any inclusions that are not necessary because aside from this adware, ConverterSearchHD, Jolly Web, or Comet Search  may also be part of the bundle. Sadly, nearly all computer users, both PC and Mac clients are still attached to traditional way of running the Default setup process, which able to install all the extra inclusions.

Image of BoostCoordinator

Right after Mac user accidentally mount BoostCoordinator app on the browser program, it may never take a minute before witnessing various issues. The affected internet software may pop-up an alert stating that BoostCoordinator app is trying to access confidential data stored on the browser. In addition, pop-up ads and redirects may start showing up on places where it blocks web user’s view. These overlaying ads are intentional in influencing Mac user to visit sites that are often involved in the marketing of bogus security applications, fake software updates, or unreliable optimization tool.

The worst part may come sooner if Mac user continues to ignore the presence of BoostCoordinator app. By redirecting browser pages to drive-by-download sites and pages, malware infection is bound to happen and it is executed without their approval. Therefore, avoiding this infection is just a matter of removing BoostCoordinator app as early as possible.

Procedures to Remove BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator. 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 BoostCoordinator.

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 BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator or any unwanted program.

Delete Unwanted App

4. Drag BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator

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 BoostCoordinator, 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 BoostCoordinator

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.BoostCoordinator
  • 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:

- OperativeState, InitialWindow

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

- OperativeState, InitialWindow

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 BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator.

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, BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator. 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 BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator. 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 BoostCoordinator 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 BoostCoordinator.

Post Last Modified On October 13, 2020

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