Ads by Shoppinizer (Mac)

Also Known As: Shoppinizer adware
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Shoppinizer from Mac?

What is Shoppinizer?

Identical to Couponizer, My WebEnhancer, My ShopMate, and a number of other rogue apps, Shoppinizer is a deceptive application that supposedly saves time and money by providing coupons and notifying of special deals/discounts available within various online shops. These claims often trick users into believing that Shoppinizer is legitimate and useful, however, this app usually infiltrates systems without permission. Furthermore, it delivers intrusive online advertisements and continually records data relating to users' Internet browsing activity. For these reasons, Shoppinizer is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Shoppinizer adware

Following successful infiltration, Shoppinizer employs a "virtual layer" to generate pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. This enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. The displayed ads often conceal underlying content of visited websites, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, some lead to malicious websites and even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Shoppinizer continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by gathering IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar data that might contain private details. This collected information is later shared with third parties who misuse personal data to generate revenue. The presence of an information-tracking app can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall Shoppinizer adware immediately.

Research shows that all adware-type applications are virtually identical. By offering various 'useful features', apps such as Shoppinizer attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, the only purpose of adware is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any of the features promised, adware-type applications deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and record various user-system information (which is later sold to third parties).

How did Shoppinizer install on my computer?

Shoppinizer is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, most users install this application inadvertently, without their consent. This is due to a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps), which developers use to proliferate Shoppinizer adware. They hide bundled apps within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Installation of PUPs can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Choose the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully observe each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included. Bundled apps should never be installed.

Shoppinizer adware Privacy Policy:

Shoppinizer Privacy Policy

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Quick menu:

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

Shoppinizer adware removal:

Remove Shoppinizer-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.

Remove shoppinizer 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.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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

Shoppinizer adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove shoppinizer adware 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 shoppinizer adware 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 shoppinizer adware 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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Global malware activity level today:

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