Finished Applying Browser Update POP-UP Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Finished Applying Browser Update pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Finished Applying Browser Update from Mac?

What is Finished Applying Browser Update?

"Finished Applying Browser Update" is a pop-up window informing users that a browser update was completed. Note that the information provided is false. This pop-up is displayed only on Safari web browsers. Once the "Close" button is clicked, the browser crashes and all opened tabs are closed. Reopening the browser results in a redirect to the Safe Finder fake search engine.

Finished Applying Browser Update scam

If you encounter pop-ups such as "Finished Applying Browser Update", your system and web browser are probably infected with adware-type/browser-hijacking applications. These are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Once installed, they modify browser settings, collect browsing-related information, and feed users with ads. Generally, browser hijackers change settings such as default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL - assigning them to a website (usually, a fake search engine). Users are forced to visit the website when they open browsers or new tabs, or enter search queries into the URL bar. Furthermore, browser hijackers prevent users from undoing these changes by reassigning settings when attempts are made to modify them. PUAs also record browsing-related information such as geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, and other data of this kind. Developers share the data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note that some of these third parties might be cyber criminals, and the collected data might include personal/sensitive information. If the installed PUA is of the adware type, users are often served with intrusive ads, such as pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, and so on. These are frustrating, since they are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. Generally, they also redirect users who click them to untrustworthy, deceptive and/or potentially malicious websites. In some cases, these ads run scripts that download/install other unwanted apps. Therefore, having PUAs installed on your system can lead to various problems such as privacy issues, computer infections, and problems relating to browsing safety or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
NameFinished Applying Browser Update pop-up
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Most of these PUAs are promoted by developers as 'useful tools' which provide various features, however, this is simply to trick people into downloading and installing them. Rather than delivering the functionality promised, they cause problems and perform dubious actions to generate revenue for their developers. We recommend that you remove all unwanted apps immediately.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases, PUAs can be downloaded from their websites, however, most users install them inadvertently through intrusive ads or together with regular (usually free) software. To trick users into downloading or installing unwanted apps, developers often use "bundling", a deceptive method that hides potentially unwanted apps in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings/options of the installation set-ups. Typically, information about the presence of additionally-included (unwanted) apps is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many users are likely to skip installation steps without checking the settings/options, thus allowing various PUAs to be installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent these installations, download software (especially freeware) from official and trustworthy sources. Avoid using third party software downloaders or installers and torrents. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, and deselect unwanted offers and features. Only then finish the installation. Be careful when browsing the web, especially clicking intrusive ads. These often seem legitimate, since developers (potentially cyber criminals) invest time and money into their design. Once clicked, however, they often redirect users to untrustworthy websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If you click an ads accidentally, close it and check installed extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins on your browser and programs on your computer. Uninstall any dubious/unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS 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 finished applying browser update 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.

Finished Applying Browser Update pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove finished applying browser update 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 finished applying browser update 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 finished applying browser update 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.

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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