Remove SourcePoint Adware (Mac OS)

Ad-supported software, or adware, refers to applications that inject intrusive advertisements and unwanted pop-ups into the browser. One piece of adware contaminating the Mac computer is called SourcePoint. The developers designed the SourcePoint app in order to generate income by displaying ads while Mac users are online. Once a Mac user installs SourcePoint, the browser will operate maliciously and exhibit numerous ads and pop-ups. Most of the time, advertisements overlap the web page contents, distracting the Mac user’s browsing activity.

Where does SourcePoint originate?

Your Mac computer likely became infected with SourcePoint adware due to several potential reasons. One possibility is that you inadvertently downloaded and installed a malicious application or software bundle from an untrusted source, such as a sketchy website or a deceptive pop-up advertisement. Another common vector is through email attachments or links that lead to fake websites designed to trick users into downloading harmful software. Additionally, outdated software or operating systems can contain vulnerabilities that malware exploits to gain access to your system.

SourcePoint adware often disguises itself as legitimate software or browser extensions, making it challenging to discern its malicious nature until it begins displaying intrusive ads or affecting system performance. Once installed, SourcePoint may also exploit browser vulnerabilities or manipulate browser settings to display unwanted advertisements or redirect your searches to malicious websites.

Screenshot of SourcePoint for Mac

Ads by SourcePoint adware

Clicking on the advertisements generated by SourcePoint can possibly bring more infections to the Mac computer. Advertisements usually promote the installation of unwanted applications, fake software updates, or links to untrustworthy websites. Some ads can execute scripts to download and install malware, while others can redirect Mac users to dubious web pages. Aside from that, SourcePoint can cause unwanted plug-ins in the web browser without the Mac user’s request. Another thing is that the existence of SourcePoint on the Mac computer can result in a slow internet connection interrupting a Mac user’s browsing activity. Although the implications of SourcePoint on Mac computers can only be limited to these infections, the adware can cause more severe damage that can affect the Mac operating system if not removed immediately. In addition, it can fetch additional adware like OdysseusFindResults, WebSearchConsole, SearchResultsCollection, and many more.

Preventing SourcePoint infection

If Mac users want to keep computers free from adware applications like SourcePoint, try to avoid their most common sources. SourcePoint.app usually comes with free download links, add-ons, free browser extensions, or free software bundles. The Mac user should be cautious about installing applications on the Mac computer. Always remember to use the Advanced and Custom installation options. Read carefully the Terms of Use and the license before agreeing to anything during the installation process. In addition, anti-virus programs are available on legitimate download sites that can be installed to protect Mac computers from malware infiltration and infections.

Procedures to Remove SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint. 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 SourcePoint.

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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint

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 SourcePoint, 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 SourcePoint

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.SourcePoint.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:

- SourcePoint, (random characters).plist

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

- SourcePoint

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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint.

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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint. 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 SourcePoint 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 SourcePoint.

About the author

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *