Bankworm Virus POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "Bankworm Virus" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Bankworm Virus from Mac?

What is Bankworm Virus?

"Bankworm Virus" is a fake error message displayed by various deceptive sites. Research shows that many visitors arrive at these sites inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or intrusive ads delivered by other malicious sites. In most cases, PUPs infiltrate the system without permission and, in addition to redirecting, deliver intrusive ads, record user-system information and, sometimes, even run unwanted background processes.

Bankworm Virus scam

The malicious websites perform a fake system scan and state that the system is infected with the so-called Bankworm Virus. Users are then immediately encouraged to download a malware removal tool called Advanced Mac Cleaner, which will allow them to remove the detected malware. This is a scam. The "detected" malware does not exist, but the promoted virus removal tool is also deceptive. After installing and running it, users are prompted with another system scan that will provide a list containing hundreds of "issues". The free version of Advanced Mac Cleaner is supposedly incapable of removing 'detected malware'. Therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. Again, this is false. Advanced Mac Cleaner gives no real value for regular users. It will simply empty the false list and nothing more. Users will pay for nothing. Therefore, ignore the "Bankworm Virus" error and never download/install the Advanced Mac Cleaner app. This error can be removed simply by closing the browser. Some malicious sites employ scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In this case, terminate the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. After re-running the browser, do not restore the previous session, otherwise you will return to the malicious sites.

Potentially unwanted programs often deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, intrusive ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, some lead to malicious websites and even run scripts that stealthily download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Another important issue is data tracking. Research shows that potentially unwanted programs often gather various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, URLs visited, and other collected data usually contains personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, having data-tracking app(s) installed on your computer might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Potentially unwanted programs commonly mine cryptocurrencies or run other unwanted processes in the background. These programs essentially misuse system resources without permission, thereby significantly reducing overall performance. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall all PUPs immediately.

"Bankworm Virus" shares many similarities with Virus Found, We Have Detected A Trojan Virus, PEGASUS SPYWARE ACTIVATED, and many other viruses. All claim that the system is infected, missing files, or damaged in other similar ways, however, most fake errors do not encourage download of software - they attempt to trick users into calling fake 'tech support' and paying for services that are not required. Potentially unwanted programs also share many similarities. By offering "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. All PUPs are designed to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value for regular users, these sites pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

As mentioned above, PUPs typically infiltrate systems without permission, since developers promote them using the aforementioned intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide PUPs within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes - they do not disclose this information properly. Therefore, rushing download/installation processes and clicking various advertisements often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent infiltration by PUPs, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each step and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Furthermore, software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are often monetized by promoting PUPs (the "bundling" method). Therefore, they should never be used. Note that intrusive ads often seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. If you experience these redirects, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins.

Text presented within this error:

DOWNLOAD REQUIRED
Please download the Advanced Mac Cleaner application to remove Bankworm from your Mac
VIRUS INFORMAION
Virus Bame: Bankworm
Risk: HIGH
Infected File: /os/apps/worm.icv
VIRUS REMOVAL
Application: Advanced Mac Cleaner
Rating: 9.9/10
Price: Free

Appearance of "Bankworm Virus" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Bankworm Virus scam (GIF)

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Quick menu:

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

Potentially unwanted programs removal:

Remove PUP-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 "bankworm virus" virus 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

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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.

"Bankworm Virus" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "bankworm virus" 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 "bankworm virus" 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 "bankworm virus" 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.