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

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 adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

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

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

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

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

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

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

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

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

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

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 1

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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

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

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

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

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

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

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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