Wishapp Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by Wishapp
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

How to remove Wishapp from Mac?

What is Wishapp?

Wishapp is a deceptive application designed specifically for Mac OS. This app supposedly provides legitimate online messaging functionality, however, it is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without users' consent; 2) display of intrusive online advertisements, and; 3) tracking of Internet browsing activity.

Wishapp adware

Wishapp employs a 'virtual layer' to generate various intrusive advertisements (for example, banners, pop-ups). The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. The displayed advertisements often overlay underlying content of users' visited sites, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, some lead to malicious websites. Thus, clicking them is risky and can result in further computer infections. Furthermore, Wishapp continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by gathering IP addresses, search queries, website URLs visited, and other similar data that might contain private details. This information is later shared with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of an information-tracking app on your system might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You should uninstall Wishapp adware immediately.

There are hundreds of adware-type applications that share similarities with Wishapp including, for example, My ShopMate and MacBar. All give fake promises to provide a number of 'valuable functions'. Yet, these claims are merely attempts to trick users to install. Research shows that adware-type applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. These apps provide no real value for regular users. Rather than enabling the functions promised, Wishapp and other similar programs collect personally identifiable information and deliver intrusive online advertisements.

How did Wishapp install on my computer?

Developers promote Wishapp using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of PUPs with regular software. Developers know that many users do not express enough caution during the download/installation processes and often rush and skip most steps. Developers therefore conceal bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" section. Skipping these steps exposes the system to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two main steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, choose the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step of the download and installation processes. Secondly, do not download/install third party applications and cancel those already included.

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Wishapp

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Wishapp adware removal:

Remove Wishapp-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac adware removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.


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Remove wishapp adware related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Wishapp adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove wishapp related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove wishapp related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove wishapp related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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