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CentralLot Adware on Mac

The CentralLot Mac adware is a dangerous threat which can come under different types. The most common ones are the browser hijackers and standalone files which can cause different malicious actions.

CentralLot Summary

NameCentralLot / Division Format
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable application that appears in the Applications list on your Mac without your permission.
SymptomsUrges you to visit annoying ads. Genrates pop-ups with fake information and activates tracking technologies to harvest data.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites
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CentralLot Adware on Mac

The CentralLot Adware on Mac infections are dangerous virus threats which have been detected in an active attack campaign. Their most common form is the browser hijacker — a dangerous plugin specifically developed for most of the popular web browsers: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. They are then uploaded to the relevant repositories using fake user reviews, developer credentials and detailed descriptions. This malware can also be pushed through the other distribution methods.

Other ways through which the malware is spread to the intended victims includes the use of payload droppers — they can be application installers of commonly used software, as well as macro-infected documents ranging across all popular office files. The application installers can be of all popular programs, including productivity programs and creativity suites, as well as computer games. On the other hand the documents when launched will open a prompt asking the victims to enable the built-in scripts. This will lead to the virus delivery.

Whatever the file is the criminals can “push” them through phishing campaigns — the hackers can either link or attach the files in them. Common variants are the sending out of email messages in a SPAM–like manner. The alternative is the setting up of redirects and scripts which can be easily placed in various sites.

CentralLot Adware on Mac infections will usually start by modifying the web browser settings in order to redirect the users to the hacker-controlled site.

Usually from this moment on and afterwards other components can be started. A popular choice which is implemented in most threats is the data harvesting module — it is delivered alongside the main engine. It can hijack both user and system files. In other cases system manipulation may also be engaged — this can cause performance issues and the removal of sensitive files, including backups and configuration files.

In most of the cases the CentralLot Adware on Mac will be used to install other viruses. The three most popular choices are the following:

  • Ransomware — These are file encrypting viruses which are designed to find and locate user data and then process it with a strong cipher. The victim data will be encrypted and then renamed with a given extension. The victims will be blackmailed into paying the criminals a decryption fee via specially created text files or screens.
  • Trojan Horse Infections — These viruses will establish a local client connection to a hacker-controlled server. This allows the criminals to take over control of the computers and steal their files.
  • Web Miners — This malware category consists of web-based scripts which are programmed to download many performance-intensive tasks from the Internet. They will be run on the local computers and will have an impact on all essential components: the CPU, Memory, Hard Disk Space, Network Speed and the GPU. For every completed task the criminals will receive cryptocurrency payment.

When an active CentralLot Adware on Mac infection has been detected we recommend that it is removed as soon as possible.

CentralLot Mac Removal

Unfortunately, CentralLot and associated files cannot be uninstalled by simply closing the browser and dragging the undesired app to the Trash. If you want to remove the CentralLot adware from your Mac OS in full we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac. The main goal of such a program is to scan your operating system and terminate the files with malicious behavior. It will also clean up any malicious code in your repositories. With a specific anti-malware program, youр Mac will be protected better in the future.

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Get rid of CentralLot from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall CentralLot and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to CentralLot:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to CentralLot. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to CentralLot. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove CentralLot via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as CentralLot. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Remove CentralLot from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase CentralLot from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall CentralLot from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Delete CentralLot from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the CentralLot will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate CentralLot from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


CentralLot FAQ

What is CentralLot?

CentralLot is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that CentralLot may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is CentralLot a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The CentralLot object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because CentralLot can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get CentralLot?

CentralLot could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, CentralLot adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed CentralLot, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove CentralLot from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of CentralLot from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were CentralLot could be residing.

It will also make sure that CentralLot is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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