The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required from Mac?

What is The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required?

Today, the internet is full of fake messages (errors, virus alerts, and so on) including "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required", which is just one of many and very similar to "AppleCare Protection Plan", "Found 4 Virus", and "Your Mac Might Be Infected!", etc. In most cases, users encounter these fake warning messages when visiting untrustworthy/deceptive websites. Users generally arrive at these websites unintentionally - they are redirected to them by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) or intrusive advertisements. Typically, PUAs are installed without users' knowledge, cause redirects, collect data, and deliver intrusive advertisements.

The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required scam

This fake virus alert message indicates that the "Official Support" website has made a virus scan and states that the MAC OS is infected with spyware and other malicious applications. Typically, this message states that there are three spyware infections found and that immediate action must be taken to prevent any further system damage and loss of applications, photos, or even or even personal/banking information. "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" urges people to contact developers via a telephone number "+1-844-628-5888" provided so that "official support" can remove the infections. According to them, if you leave the website, your computer will be vulnerable to a number of risks. These statements are false and the developers' requirements should be ignored. Leave the site and do not use the telephone number. In most cases, "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" fake message can be removed simply by quitting the deceptive website that caused it. If, however, the website cannot be closed, use Task Manager to end the entire browser process or simply restart your computer. Note that the previous browsing session should not be restored after a restart, since this will only open the identical sites that triggered the "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" message.

Potentially unwanted applications usually cause redirects to websites that provoke fake messages, but also gather data such as IP addresses, keystrokes, search queries, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, etc. PUAs might also collect personal or sensitive data that is later shared with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having these PUAs installed can result in privacy/browsing safety issues or even identity theft. Another downside of these applications is intrusive ads. PUAs deliver coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other similar ads that are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. Furthermore, once clicked, they often redirect users to untrustworthy websites or even execute scripts that download and install other PUAs. We strongly recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name"The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" virus
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, there are many various fake errors, virus alert, and other messages on the internet. All state that there are problems with your computer or operating system, viruses need to be cleaned, and so on. In most cases, developers attempt to trick users into paying money for assistance or products that supposedly provide solutions. All PUAs are very similar - developers promote them by offering 'useful features', however, these applications generally deliver none of the functionality promised and are designed only to cause redirects, collect data, and deliver ads.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs have official websites on which they can be downloaded or are promoted, however, they are usually installed without users' permission or knowledge. Users often install PUAs through intrusive ads or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of unwanted software with regular software. Software developers avoid disclosing information about additionally-included apps and hide "bundled" applications in "Custom/Advanced" or other sections of the download/installation processes. In summary, most PUAs are installed when users skip software installation steps or click intrusive ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be cautious when browsing the web and downloading/installing software. Study each step of any download/installation process and deselect additionally-included applications that you do not want to install. Software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy sources or using direct download links. Various third party downloaders/installers often include rogue applications, and thus these tools should never be used. The same applies to torrent clients or other similar software. Bear in mind that intrusive ads usually seem legitimate, but many redirect to untrustworthy sites (such as gambling, adult dating, etc.). If you encounter these redirects, check the list of installed applications (plug-ins, add-ons, extensions) on your web browser and uninstall all dubious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" scam:

WARNING!

MAC OS is infected with Spyware and other malicious applications. Spyware must be removed and system damage repaired. It is necessary to Call Apple Support +1-844-628-5888 and follow Virus removal procedures immediately, please proceed.
Please Call Apple Support +1-844-628-5888
The removal of (3) Spyware is required immediately to prevent further system damage, loss of Apps, Photos and other files.
Traces of (1) Phishing/Spyware were found in your Mac OS X. Personal and banking information are at risk.

Appearance of "The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" scam (GIF):

Appearance of The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required scam (GIF)

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Quick menu:

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

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac adware removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select ìApplicationsî. In the applications folder, look for ìMPlayerXî,ìNicePlayerî, 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 "the removal of (3) spyware is required" 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

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.

"The Removal Of (3) Spyware Is Required" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "the removal of (3) spyware is required" 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 "the removal of (3) spyware is required" 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 "the removal of (3) spyware is required" 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.

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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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