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 developers present this app as a free, powerful, easy-to-use media player for Mac computers that is capable of playing the most popular video formats. In fact, this application is classified as a potentially unwanted app (PUA) and is used to promote other apps of this type (adware and so on). VixPlayer is promoted via a website and the "bundling" method. Therefore, the VixPlayer app is often installed on a Mac computers without users' knowledge. These apps record data and serve users with intrusive ads.

VixPlayer adware

As mentioned, VixPlayer is categorized as a PUA, an app that most users are likely to install inadvertently. Apps that are promoted using the "bundling" method usually record browsing-related data. For example, IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, search queries, and so on. These apps might also record personal details. To generate revenue, developers share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, using apps of this type can result in various problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. They also feed users with ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. Furthermore, these ads conceal underlying content and are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. By clicking them, people are redirected to dubious (possibly malicious) websites or inadvertently execute scripts designed to download and install even more unwanted apps. VixPlayer is used to distribute unwanted apps and fake search engines such as Mac Cleanup Pro, Weknow.ac, and so on.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by VixPlayer
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

To eliminate Ads by VixPlayer our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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Apps such as VixPlayer are promoted as useful and capable of providing tools, features, and so on, however, they deliver none of the promised functionality. Developers often present them as legitimate simply to trick people into downloading, installing, and using them. Some examples of other apps categorized as PUAs include My Best Year, Video Monkey, and BeeAware.

How did VixPlayer install on my computer?

A website (screenshot above) is used to promote this app, however, people mostly install PUAs through intrusive ads capable of downloading/installing them, or when software developers use a deceptive method called "bundling". Developers hide unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced and other similar settings of the installation/download set-ups. They bundle PUAs into the install/download set-ups of other software. Nevertheless, these installations could not be achieved without the manual intervention of users. People cause unwanted installations by skipping installation/download steps without checking the settings. In doing so, they grant permission to install various PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent computer or browser installation of PUAs, download software using official, trustworthy and safe websites (or other sources). Avoid downloading software using third party downloaders, unofficial websites, torrents (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), and so on. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other similar options when installing (or downloading) software. Do not to allow potentially unwanted applications to be installed and decline any offers mentioning unwanted installations. Do not visit untrustworthy websites, especially those with ads displayed. Clicking these ads risks redirects to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other untrustworthy (potentially malicious) sites - this risks system infiltration by PUAs or even malware. If you encounter these redirects (they occur randomly), check for unwanted applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) installed on your browser or suspicious programs installed on the computer. Remove all unknown/unwanted applications and software immediately. If your computer is already infected with VixPlayer, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Deceptive application installer promoting VixPlayer adware:

Delusive installer used to promote VixPlayer

VixPlayer application:

VixPlayer application

Instant automatic removal of Ads by VixPlayer: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by VixPlayer. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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.