VixPlayer Adware (Mac)

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

How to remove VixPlayer from Mac?

What is VixPlayer?

VixPlayer's developers present this app as a free, powerful, easy to use media player for Mac computers that is capable of playing all the most popular video formats. The thing is that this application is classified as a potentially unwanted app (PUA) that is being used to promote other apps of this type (adware and so on). Besides, it is known that VixPlayer is being promoted not only using its website, but a "bundling" method as well, which means it is very likely that if there is the VixPlayer app installed on a Mac computer, it got installed without a user being aware of it. Apps of this type usually gather various data and serve their user with intrusive ads.

VixPlayer adware

As we mentioned in our introduction, VixPlayer is categorized as a PUA, an app that most users are very likely have installed unwillingly. Apps that are promoted using the aforementioned "bundling" method usually are designed to record various browsing-related data, for example: IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, search queries and so on. However, it is possible that an app of this type might be designed to record various personal details as well. To generate revenue, developers share gathered data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue as well. Basically, it means that using apps of this type might result in various problems related to privacy, browsing safety or even identity theft. Moreover, apps of this type often are designed to feed their users with various ads too. These ads usually are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other ads of this kind. Besides, they conceal the underlying content of any visited website: they are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content. By clicking these ads people risk to be redirected to various unreliable (possibly malicious) websites, or to execute scripts designed to download/install even more unwanted apps. It is known that VixPlayer is used to distribute unwanted apps and fake search engines such as Mac Cleanup Pro, Weknow.ac and so on.

It is very common for apps like VixPlayer to be promoted as useful, capable of providing its users with a variety of tools, features and so on. However, quite often apps of this type do not deliver the promised (expected) functionalities. Their developers often present them as legitimate only to trick people into downloading, installing and using them. Here are examples of other apps that are categorized as PUAs as well: My Best Year, Video Monkey and BeeAware.

How did VixPlayer install on my computer?

There is a website (we placed its screenshot above) that is used to promote this app. However, as we mentioned in our introduction, there are many cases when people install such apps unintentionally (without using their websites). Unwanted installations happen either through intrusive ads that are capable of downloading/installing PUAs or when software developers use a deceptive method called "bundling". To be more precise, developers place (hide) unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced and other similar settings of the installation/download set-ups. In other words, they bundle PUAs into installation/download set-ups of other software. Nevertheless, these installations could not be achieved without the help of users. Simply said, people cause unwanted installations by skipping installation/download steps without checking what are the included settings. By doing so they give permissions to install various PUAs by themselves.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent your computer and/or a web browser from having PUAs installed on it, we advise to download software using only official, trustworthy and safe websites (or other sources). In other words, we recommend to avoid downloading software using third party downloaders, unofficial websites, torrents (and other Peer-to-Peer networks) and so on. It is worth checking all the available "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other similar options when installing (or downloading) any software. Make sure not to allow various potentially unwanted applications to be installed, decline any offers that are mentioning unwanted installations. Be cautious when visiting untrustworthy websites, especially with the ads displayed on them. By clicking these ads people often risk to be redirected to various gambling, adult dating, pornography and other untrustworthy (potentially malicious) websites. By being redirected to websites of this type users risk to have their systems infiltrated by PUAs or even malware. If you encounter these redirects often (they occur randomly), then we strongly recommend to check if there are no unwanted applications (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a web browser, or suspicious programs installed on a computer. Remove all the unknown/unwanted applications (software) immediately. If your computer is already infected with VixPlayer, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Delusive application installer promoting VixPlayer adware:

Delusive installer used to promote VixPlayer

VixPlayer application:

VixPlayer application

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove VixPlayer adware using Combo Cleaner:

VixPlayer adware removal:

Remove VixPlayer-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 vixplayer 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.

Ads by VixPlayer removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by vixplayer 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 vixplayer 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 vixplayer 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.