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CoinTicker Trojan (Mac)

Also Known As: CoinTicker virus
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Severe

What is "CoinTicker"?

First discovered by Thomas Reed, CoinTicker is a rogue app that claims to be a great tool for checking current exchange rates for Bitcoin, Monero, Ethereum, and other popular cryptocurrencies.

Judging on appearance alone, CoinTicker may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app poses a significant threat to your privacy and browsing safety, since it opens 'backdoors' for other malware to infiltrate the system.

CoinTicker scam

As mentioned above, CoinTicker may seem legitimate, since on the surface, this app does not perform any suspicious actions. Immediately after infiltration, however, it executes a number of background commands that stealthily open two backdoors: EvilOSX and EggShell.

It essentially connects to a Github server, downloads an encoded file, decodes it to a python script and executes it. The script then also executes a number of commands, thereby creating a 'reverse shell connection' to a Command and Control (C&C) server, and several files and directories (full list of connections and created files/directories).

 Note that this malware does not require any permissions from the user, and thus may not seem suspicious. Most similar viruses are forced to ask users for 'root permissions' so that malicious actions can be performed - if the permissions are not granted, the malware is thwarted. This app, on the other hand, demonstrates that even the simplest actions can be harmful.

The exact purpose of these backdoors is not known, however, there is a high probability that cyber criminals target cryptocurrency wallets to steal balances.

Note, however, that the outcome might be different. Therefore, never underestimate these infections - their presence can lead to serious privacy issues and significant financial or data losses. If you have already installed the CoinTicker application, immediately remove it and scan the system with a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite to eliminate all remnants.

Threat Summary:
Name CoinTicker virus
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Many trojan-type viruses share similarities with CoinTicker. Examples include Hancitor and Wauchos. These viruses have different developers and thus their behavior might also differ, however, all pose a direct threat to your privacy and browsing safety. Therefore, you should eliminate these threats immediately.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

As mentioned above, CoinTicker claims to be a legitimate application and has an official download website, however, these viruses are often distributed using spam email campaigns, chain infections, and fake software download/installation/update tools.

Spam campaigns deliver malicious attachments that, once opened, stealthily download and install malware into the system. Third party downloaders/installers proliferate viruses using the "bundling" method (they conceal and infiltrate malware together with selected programs).

Fake software updaters infect computers by exploiting outdated software bugs/flaws or simply downloading and installing malware rather than promised updates.

Note that updaters are often promoted using deceptive websites that falsely claim that certain software is missing/outdated, and then encourages users to immediately install/update it. In any case, the main reasons for computer infections are lack of knowledge of these threats and careless behavior.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing/updating software. Carefully analyze each email attachment received. Never open files/links that seem irrelevant or those received from suspicious/unrecognizable email addresses. Furthermore, download apps from official sources only, using direct download links.

Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue software, and thus should never be used. You are also advised to avoid using dubious applications, since their presence might cause serious problems. Keep installed software and operating systems up-to-date. To achieve this, however, use implemented features or tools provided by the official developer only.

Having a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running is also paramount, since these tools can detect and eliminate viruses/malicious applications before any damage is done. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Once the python script is executed, the following files/directories will be created and you will be able to see connections to the following IP addresses:

List of files:

  • /private/tmp/.info.enc
  • /private/tmp/.info.py
  • /private/tmp/.server.sh
  • /private/tmp/espl
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/.espl.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.[random string].plist
  • ~/Library/Containers/.[random string]/[random string]

List of IP connections:

  • 94.156.189.77:2280
  • 185.206.144.226:1339

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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 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 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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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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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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