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MyCouponize Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by MyCouponize
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is MyCouponize?

MyCouponize is a deceptive application that supposedly saves time and money when shopping online. Judging on appearance alone, MyCouponize may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) installation without consent; 2) display of intrusive online advertisements, and; 3) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.

MyCouponize adware

Following infiltration, MyCouponize delivers pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. These conceal underlying website content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, they often lead to malicious websites - clicking them causes further high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking.

Research shows that MyCouponize continually monitors browsing activity by recording information that might be personally identifiable. The list of collected data types includes (but is not limited to) IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, and search queries.

MyCouponize's developers share this information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal details to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app such as MyCouponize can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.

For these reasons, we strongly advise you to eliminate MyCouponize adware from your computer immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MyCouponize
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:SurfBuyer-N [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:SurfBuyer-N [Adw]), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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MyCouponize is identical to dozens of other adware-type applications such as, for example, MyShopBot, OptiBuy, Shopperify, and SmartShoppy. All offer identical functionality, however, they are useless for regular users. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers.

They deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and continually record private information (which is later shared with third parties to generate revenue).

How did MyCouponize install on my computer?

MyCouponize is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, developers proliferate this PUP by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, many users install MyCouponize inadvertently, without their consent. Bundling is stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps.

Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, bundled programs are hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" options. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as MyCouponize.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent installation of PUPs. First, carefully analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Second, opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them.

Deceptive application installer (fake Flash Player installer) promoting MyCouponize adware:

Delusive installer used to promote MyCouponize

Another free software installer (pretends to be an update for a Media Player) distributing MyCouponize adware:

mycouponize adware installer sample 2

MyCouponize adware generating intrusive online advertisements (commonly marked as 'Ad by MyCouponize'):

MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 1) MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 2) MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 3) MyCouponize PUP generating intrusive ads (sample 4)

The appearance of pop-up ads generated by MyCouponize adware (GIF):

mycouponize adware generating pop-up ads

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Quick menu:

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

MyCouponize adware removal:

Remove MyCouponize-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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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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