Thefreetogetcontentnow.icu POP-UP Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove browser redirects to readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu?

What is readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu?

readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu is one of many rogue websites designed to redirect visitors to other sites that display deceptive content and promote browser hijackers, unwanted apps, and other dubious sites. Some examples of other websites of this type include getmacsoft.com, tweakingtools.info, and nextoptim.com. Users often arrive at readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu unintentionally - they are redirected by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), which are are also installed inadvertently. Once installed, PUAs feed users with advertisements, cause redirects to untrustworthy websites, and record data relating to users' browsing habits.

readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu rogue website

Once the PUA is installed, it causes regular redirects to readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu by opening a new browser tab or window. This website then displays deceptive content or redirects users to other deceptive websites that promote other PUAs (such as browser hijackers and adware-type apps) and untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. The effects depend on the visitor's location. We recommend that you ignore all apps promoted on any of these sites. Additionally, having unwanted apps installed on your system can lead to annoying, intrusive advertisements. The ads are usually displayed via tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. If clicked, they redirect to websites that might contain malicious content or run scripts designed to download and install even more unwanted apps. Many PUAs track and record information relating to users' browsing habits. This includes IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Some of the data might include personal/sensitive information. Furthermore, developers regularly share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having potentially unwanted apps installed can lead to problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and even identity theft.

Although most unwanted apps are promoted as 'useful tools', they provide none of the functionality promised. These promotions are merely attempts to trick people into downloading PUAs, which are designed to generate revenue for the developers.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases, potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from their associated websites, however, users often install them unintentionally through intrusive ads or together with regular software. Software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" to hide unwanted programs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections of the download or installation processes. Therefore, information about the inclusion of unwanted 'bundled' apps within set-ups is not properly disclosed. If you have clicked an intrusive ad or installed (or downloaded) associated software, it is possible that this has led to installation of PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid unintentional software download/installation, remember the following rules. Download software from official/trustworthy sources and avoid third party software downloaders (or installers), such as peer-to-peer networks, freeware download websites, and so on. Download and install software with caution. Check all available "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections/settings of the download or installation set-ups - do not skip them. Be sure that there are no checkboxes ticked by default, suggesting that you agree to install/download unwanted software. Carefully choose which ads to click, especially when visiting suspicious websites. Many malicious (or other untrustworthy) ads may seem legitimate, however, when clicked, they redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.). If you are forced to visit dubious websites, PUA might have infiltrated your operating system or browser. Check the list of installed extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons on your browser, and programs on your computer. Uninstall all unwanted/unknown apps immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

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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 readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu 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.

readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu 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 readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu 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 readyupdate.thefreetogetcontentnow.icu 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.