MyCouponsmart Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by MyCouponsmart
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove MyCouponsmart from Mac?

What is MyCouponsmart?

MyCouponsmart is a deceptive application that supposedly saves time and money by providing coupons and notifications of special deals/discounts available on various online shops. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, MyCouponsmart is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and adware. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) stealth installation without users' consent; 2) tracking of browsing activity, and; 3) display of intrusive advertisements.

MyCouponsmart adware

After successful system infiltration, MyCouponsmart delivers coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers use tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the ads often conceal underlying content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, intrusive advertisements might redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install other potentially unwanted applications (or even malware). Thus, even a single accidental click can result in high-risk computer infections. Potentially unwanted applications are also notorious for information tracking. Adware usually gathers data such as website URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, Internet Protocol addresses, etc. The data often includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, having a data-tracking app such as MyCouponsmart installed on your computer might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall this unwanted application immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MyCouponsmart
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (Adobe Flash Player.dmg - fake installer promoting MyCouponsmart) Avast (MacOS:Bundlore-T [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:Bundlore-T [PUP]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.OSX.BundloreCA.1), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Bnodlero.f), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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.
Removal

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MyCouponsmart is virtually identical to dozens of other adware-type applications, such as MyShopcoupon, CompariShop, LiveShoppers, and ShoppyTool (the list goes on). These applications offer identical functionality that will save time and money, but such claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. MyCouponsmart and these other apps give no real value for regular users. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers - they deploy intrusive advertisements and record personal data, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience and posing a direct threat to your privacy and web browsing safety.

How did MyCouponsmart install on my computer?

This adware has an official download website, however, many users install this application inadvertently, since developers proliferate MyCouponsmart using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications and browser plug-ins. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are likely to rush these procedures, skip steps, and click various advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of unwanted applications.

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. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We recommend that you avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most are monetized using the "bundling" method (promoting PUAs). Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, but most redirect to dubious websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc. If you encounter any of these ads/redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with MyCouponsmart, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Deceptive application installer promoting MyCouponsmart adware:

Delusive installer used to promote MyCouponsmart

MyCouponsmart asking for access to control Safari web browser:

MyCouponsmart asking for access to control Safari

Text presented within this pop-up:

"MyCouponsmart" want access to control "Safari". Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in "Safari", and perform actions within that app.

Instant automatic removal of Ads by MyCouponsmart: 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 Ads by MyCouponsmart. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove MyCouponsmart adware using Combo Cleaner:

MyCouponsmart adware removal:

Remove MyCouponsmart-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 ads by mycouponsmart 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.

Ads by MyCouponsmart removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by mycouponsmart 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 ads by mycouponsmart 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 ads by mycouponsmart 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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