MyShopcoupon Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by MyShopcoupon
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove MyShopcoupon from Mac?

What is MyShopcoupon?

Identical to CompariShop, LiveShoppers, ShoppyTool, and many others, MyShopcoupon is a deceptive application that falsely claims to help save time and money when shopping online. It supposedly provides shopping coupons and notifies users of special deals/discounts available on various e-shops. Initially, MyShopcoupon may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app typically infiltrates systems without permission and continually records information. In addition, MyShopcoupon is categorized as adware - a type of software that feeds users with intrusive advertisements.

MyShopcoupon adware

Following infiltration, MyShopcoupon delivers banner, coupon, pop-up, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal visited website content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, intrusive ads commonly redirect to malicious websites and even execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, even a single click might result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, MyShopcoupon continually gathers various sensitive data (e.g., IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) In most cases, information recorded by adware-type apps contains confidential details. MyShopcoupon's developers sell this information to third parties (mostly, for marketing purposes). These people misuse confidential information to generate revenue. The presence of a data-tracking app can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to immediately remove MyShopcoupon adware and scan the entire system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-sypware suite.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by MyShopcoupon
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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As mentioned above, MyShopcoupon is identical to a number of other PUPs. In fact, all adware-type applications are very similar. Most offer "useful functionality", however, although their features might differ, all have identical behavior. Claims to provide useful functionality are merely attempts to trick users to install. In fact, adware-type applications deliver no real value for regular users. Apps such as MyShopcoupon are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did MyShopcoupon install on my computer?

MyShopcoupon has an official download website, however, criminals also proliferate this PUP by employing the aforementioned intrusive advertisements, together with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Due to lack of knowledge and careless behavior by many users, MyShopcoupon typically infiltrates systems without permission. "Bundling" is stealth installation of PUPs together with regular software. Developers do not adequately disclose these installations - "bundled" apps are concealed within various sections (for example, "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Research shows that many users rush these procedures and skip steps. In addition, they click various ads/links without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design. Therefore, most look legitimate, however, intrusive ads are distinguishable, since they lead to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other untrustworthy sites. If you encounter these ads, immediately remove all dubious apps and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Download your software from official sources only and, preferably, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method (they promote dubious software) and, thus, these tools should not be used. Using a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite is also paramount.

Deceptive application installer promoting MyShopcoupon adware:

Delusive installer used to promote MyShopcoupon

MyShopcoupon adware Privacy Policy:

MyShopcoupon Privacy Policy

MyShopcoupon displaying intrusive advertisements (in this case, a false error message encouraging users to download fake system cleaners):

MyShopcoupon ads

Instant automatic removal of Ads by MyShopcoupon: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by MyShopcoupon. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

MyShopcoupon adware removal:

Remove MyShopcoupon-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 ads by myshopcoupon 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-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.

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

Ads by MyShopcoupon removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by myshopcoupon 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 ads by myshopcoupon 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 ads by myshopcoupon 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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