CoinTicker Trojan (Mac)

Also Known As: CoinTicker virus
Type: Other
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

How to remove "CoinTicker" from Mac?

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.

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 Spyhunter for Windows 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 cointicker 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.

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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.

CoinTicker virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove cointicker 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 cointicker 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 cointicker 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.