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AdSafeProtected POP-UPs (Mac)

Also Known As: fw.adsafeprotected.com error
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Low

What is "AdSafeProtected"?

Adsafeprotected.com is a legitimate domain owned by the Integral Ad Science company. This domain is used by various companies that deliver advertisements on legitimate websites, such as YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and so on. Some users encounter certain error messages relating to this domain, however, these are not indicators of serious problems.

AdSafeProtected redirects

As mentioned above, adsafeprotected.com is a legitimate domain used for advertising. In some cases, however, users encounter pop-up errors (e.g., "Safari can't verify the identity of the website fw.adsafeprotected.com"). This may seem to be a significant issue, but is probably not serious and might be caused for a number of reasons.

One is the domain certificate used. For instance, adsafeprotected.com uses the COMODO RSA Certificate, and if not installed correctly, certain error messages might occur. Another reason for this problem is the operating system used. Be aware that, in some cases, the Mac OS X 10.9 operating system does not handle certain certificates correctly, which leads to error messages.

In most cases, users who see errors relating to adsafeprotected.com have the Mac OS X 10.9 version installed and are using Safari web browsers. In this case, a simple operating system update will solve the problem. Remember, adsafeprotected.com is a legitimate website, and so errors relating to this site do not indicate any system infections.

Therefore, you have nothing to worry about. Nevertheless, advertisers who use adsafeprotected.com URL take the entire process seriously and do not deliver excessive advertisements such that they would diminish the browsing experience.

If, however, you encounter these ads/errors regularly and the amount of displayed ads feels excessive or unusual, an adware-type application might have infiltrated your computer. These apps typically deliver intrusive advertisements and record user-system information.

The 'damage level' of these applications is considered average and most are removable. Therefore, if you continually encounter suspicious ads, scan the system with the Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite and eliminate all detected threats. In addition, remove all suspicious/recently installed applications and browser plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name fw.adsafeprotected.com error
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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There are dozens of adware-type applications, all of which share many similarities. PDF Tycoon, JC Media Player, and MM Unzip are just some examples from many. By offering "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers.

Rather than giving any real value for regular users, adware delivers intrusive advertisements (that can lead to malicious websites or run scripts that install malware) and gathers sensitive data (which is misused to generate revenue). In this way, adware-type apps diminish the browsing experience, and pose a direct threat to your privacy and web browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some potentially unwanted applications have official download websites, however, most are distributed using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party applications with regular apps).

Developers hide "bundled" applications within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users rush these procedures, skip steps, and click advertisements without understanding the possible consequences.

This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. Caution is the key to safety. Therefore, pay attention when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, but most lead to untrustworthy websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.).

If you encounter these ads/redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze all steps of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of third party applications and decline offers to download/install them.

We recommend that you avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") rogue apps. Download your programs from official sources, using direct download links only. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Details of "Safari can't verify the identity of the website fw.adsafeprotected.com" error message:

Safari can't verify the identity of the website fw.adsafeprotected.com error details

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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 fw.adsafeprotected.com error 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.

fw.adsafeprotected.com error removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove fw.adsafeprotected.com error 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 fw.adsafeprotected.com error 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 fw.adsafeprotected.com error 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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