Boostertools.org POP-UP Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: boostertools.org pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove browser redirects to boostertools.org?

What is "boostertools.org"?

Boostertools.org is another deceptive, untrustworthy website promoted by other dubious sites that display fake system errors, scans, and so on. Generally, most users visit these websites inadvertently - they are redirected by adware-type potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). Download and installation of these apps is usually unintentional, however, they go on to feed users with online advertisements and gather browsing-related data.

boostertools.org pop-up redirect

When installed, adware-type PUAs cause redirects to untrustworthy websites by forcing browsers to open them in new tabs or windows. Thus, users end up visiting boostertools.org when they click "Download", "Remove", or other buttons on deceptive websites that display fake system errors, scans, etc. These rogue sites are used to promote PUAs. At time of research, boostertools.org promoted Mac Cleanup Pro. We recommend that you ignore apps that are promoted on unofficial, untrustworthy, or deceptive websites. Furthermore, most PUAs deliver coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other similar intrusive ads. These are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. The ads can be frustrating and diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, when clicked, they might redirect users to untrustworthy websites or even execute scripts designed to download/install additional unwanted applications (potentially malware). Another downside of having these unwanted apps installed is that they collect IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, search queries and other browsing-related data (that might also include personal details). The information is continually shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having these apps installed can lead to various privacy or browsing safety issues, or even worse, identity theft. We strongly recommended that you eliminate installed PUAs immediately.

There are many potentially unwanted apps available on the internet, most of which are promoted as legitimate, useful tools. In fact, these promotions are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users into downloading and installing them. Unfortunately, most of these apps are used to generate revenue for their developers and provide none of the features promised.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases, PUAs have official websites, from which they can be downloaded and installed, however, they are more commonly installed inadvertently through intrusive advertisements or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This is used to trick people into installing unwanted applications together with users' regular chosen software. Bundled applications are usually hidden in installation/download sections such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. In most cases, information about the presence of bundled apps is not properly disclosed, however, these unintentional installations/downloads will only happen if users skip installation/download steps, leaving default settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software (especially free software) from official/trustworthy sites and using direct links. Avoid using third party downloaders or installers to download (or install) software. Never skip software installation/download steps without checking all available "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings. Opt-out of additionally-included applications and only then finish the installation or download procedure. If you encounter ads that redirect you to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other untrustworthy websites, check extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser and remove any suspicious/unknown entries immediately. Also apply this to suspicious programs installed on your operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of the Mac Cleanup Pro application:

mac cleanup pro application

Screenshot of the Mac Cleanup Pro installer:

mac cleanup pro installer

Instant automatic removal of boostertools.org pop-up: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of boostertools.org pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove unwanted applications distributed via boostertools.org using Combo Cleaner:

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 boostertools.org pop-up 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.

boostertools.org pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove boostertools.org pop-up 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 boostertools.org pop-up 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 boostertools.org pop-up 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.