"Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection" Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection from Mac?

What is Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection?

"Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection" is a fake error message displayed by a malicious website. Users often visit this website without their consent - they are redirected by potentially unwanted adware-type programs (PUPs). These apps usually infiltrate systems during installation of other software (bundling method). As well as causing unwanted redirects, adware continually delivers intrusive online advertisements and records information relating to web browsing activity.

Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection adware

The "Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection" error states that the computer has been infected and that restarting or shutting the system down can result in permanent data loss. Therefore, victims are encouraged to contact technical support via a telephone number (1-800-865-4168) provided. They supposedly then receive help in solving the issue. Be aware, however, that the "Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection" error is fake, simply a scam - cyber criminals attempt to trick victims into calling, and paying for services that are not needed. Therefore, the "Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection" error should be ignored. Adware-type applications employ a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, coupon, and other similar ads. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying web content. Furthermore, some redirect to malicious websites - clicking them risks further computer infection. In addition, adware collects information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. The information (geo-locations, Internet Protocol addresses, search queries, URLs visited, etc.) might contain private details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking apps on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Adware should be uninstalled immediately.

The Internet is full of adware-type applications. Examples include SurfBuyer, MediaDownloader, WishApp, and many others. They deliver promises to enable 'useful functionality', however, all adware is designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to provide so-called 'useful features' are merely attempts to trick users to install. Rather than providing any significant value for regular users, adware-type apps collect personally identifiable information and deliver intrusive online advertisements.

How did Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection install on my computer?

Adware-type applications are often distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software. Users often rush the download/installation processes. Aware of this, developers hide bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of these procedures. By skipping steps, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and put their privacy at risk.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two steps you should take to prevent system infiltration by PUPs. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included.

Text presented within the fake error pop-up:

Mac detected TAPSNAKE infection scam


**** Don’t Restart Your Computer **** Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection, The Infections detected, indicate some recent downloads on the computer which in turn has created problems on the computer. Call Mac professionals at +1-800-865-4168 and share this code B2957E to the Technician to Fix This.


PLEASE DO NOT SHUT DOWN OR RESTART THE COMPUTER, DOING THAT MAY LEAD TO DATA LOSS AND POSSIBLE FAILURE OF THE OPERATING SYSTEM, AND POTENTIAL NON BOOTABLE DATA LOSS. CONTACT LIVE CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS TO RESOLVE THE ISSUE CALLING TOLL FREE: +1-800-865-4168

Quick menu:

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

Adware removal:

Remove Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection-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 mac detected tapsnake infection virus 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.

Mac Detected TAPSNAKE infection virus adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac detected tapsnake infection virus 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 mac detected tapsnake infection virus 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 mac detected tapsnake infection virus 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.