Video Monkey Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by Video Monkey
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Video Monkey from Mac?

What is Video Monkey?

The Video Monkey application was developed by the same company that developed another app called Maps2Go. The developers claim that this app allows users to convert videos ("any video") to .mp4, .mov, .avi, and other formats. This app is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since (like many other apps of this type) it is promoted using the "bundling" method, which allows developers to trick people into installing PUAs unintentionally.

Video Monkey adware

According to Video Monkey's developers, this app is easy to use and capable of dealing with many different formats. If this app is installed on a Mac computer, it was probably installed via the "bundling" method. Applications promoted using this method usually collect information such as IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and other data (including personal/sensitive details). Importantly, developers share the information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having information tracking apps installed can lead to various issues including, for example, problems relating to privacy and browsing safety and, in some cases, even identity theft. Note also that potentially unwanted apps serve users with intrusive ads. These are annoying and, if clicked, often redirect people to dubious/potentially malicious websites. They are usually identified as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. Clicking them, risks installation of unwanted apps, some of which, if clicked, run scripts that trigger unwanted downloads/installations. It is not known for certain if Video Monkey operates in this way, however, most apps promoted using "bundling" have this behavior.

Apps such as Video Monkey are often promoted as 'useful', 'easy to use', and capable of providing various tools and features, however, they deliver none of the functionality promised or any other value. On the contrary, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Some examples of other apps promoted using "bundling" include BeeAware, ZipRar, and PDF King.

How did Video Monkey install on my computer?

There is a website that can be used to download Video Monkey, however, it is more likely that to be installed together with other software. This happens when the "bundling" method is used. PUAs are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of the download or installation set-ups. Developers avoid disclosing information about the presence of these unwanted apps within the set-ups. It is, however, possible to avoid these installations by checking all steps of the installation or download processes.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from trustworthy and official sources/websites only. Do not use third party software downloaders/installers, such as torrents, eMule and other similar sources. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of the download or installation processes. Do not skip steps without first checking these settings/options. Opt-out of offers to install or download unwanted apps and only then finish the installation or download process. If you continually encounter advertisements that redirect you to dubious websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.), it is possible that adware or other PUAs are installed on your browser or MacOS. Check your default browser for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons (depending on the browser) and remove all unwanted, unknown or suspicious apps immediately. Also apply this to programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Video Monkey, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Video Monkey adware removal:

Remove Video Monkey-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 video monkey 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

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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.

Ads by Video Monkey removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by video monkey 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 video monkey 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 video monkey 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.