Find.coinup.org Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: find.coinup.org browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove find.coinup.org browser hijacker from Mac?

What is find.coinup.org?

find.coinup.org is a fake search engine that supposedly generates improved results and enhances the browsing experience. Judging on appearance, find.coinup.org may seem legitimate and useful, however, users typically arrive at this website inadvertently, since they are redirected by another fake search engine called weknow.ac. Note also that find.coinup.org is likely to record various user-information.

find.coinup.org browser hijacker on a Mac computer

The process starts with infiltration of weknow.ac (a well-known browser hijacker that is commonly installed using fake Flash player updates). This website is promoted using deceptive free software downloaders/installers that modify browser options without users’ permission. They hijack Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers and assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to weknow.ac. After entering a search query into weknow.ac, users encounter redirects to other fake search engines, including find.coinup.org, opti-page.com, and alphashoppers.co. In this way, users encounter a chain redirect. Ultimately, they end up searching via a fake web search engines that might generate results leading to malicious websites. These redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience and can also lead to various system infections. Furthermore, fake search engines are likely to gather user-information such as IP addresses, search queries, websites visited, etc. The information might include personal details that are misused to generate revenue. This type of information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to find.coinup.org, immediately remove all dubious applications/browser plug-ins and ensure that web browser settings are not assigned to weknow.ac.

Threat Summary:
Namefind.coinup.org browser hijacker
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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The internet is full of fake search engines, all of which are very similar. By offering improved results and (in some cases) other "useful features" (shortcuts to popular websites, weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, etc.), websites such as find.coinup.org attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, the only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. These sites merely cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and web browsing safety.

How did find.coinup.org install on my computer?

As mentioned above, weknow.ac is promoted using software download/installation set-ups. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide information regarding modification of browser options within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. By rushing and skipping steps, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify browser options, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted applications are distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements (which redirect to malicious sites and execute scripts designed to download/install rogue software). Therefore, to prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze all steps of the download/installation processes and opt-out of additionally-included programs. You are advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since they often promote ("bundle") rogue programs. Apps should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Note that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, but they can redirect to dubious websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. Most are delivered by adware-type apps. If you encounter dubious redirects, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Fake flash player installer promoting find.coinup.org browser hijacker:

Delusive installer used to promote find.coinup.org

Screenshot of the find.coinup.org web search engine (this could be a legitimate service, but at time of testing it was exploited by browser hijackers). It seems that developers of the weknow.ac decided to earn virtual coins by exploiting users whose systems become infected by this browser hijacker:

find.coinup.org website

Instant automatic removal of find.coinup.org browser hijacker: 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 find.coinup.org browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove weknow.ac browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:

find.coinup.org redirect removal:

Remove find.coinup.org-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker 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 find.coinup.org browser hijacker 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.

find.coinup.org browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove find.coinup.org browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

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

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove find.coinup.org browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

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

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove find.coinup.org browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • 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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