ZipMAC Adware (Mac)

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

How to remove ZipMAC from Mac?

What is ZipMAC?

ZipMAC is an adware-type application that supposedly allows users to compress and extract files. Judging on appearance alone, ZipMAC may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app often infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, it records various user-system information and delivers intrusive advertisements. For these reasons, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and adware.

ZipMAC adware

Following infiltration, ZipMAC starts recording various information, such as website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, IP addresses, etc. This behavior is very common to adware-type applications. Developers share the data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who continue to misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of a data-tracking app can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Another significant downside is display of intrusive advertisements. ZipMAC displays coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other similar ads. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Thus, intrusive ads significantly diminish the browsing experience by concealing underlying content of visited websites. Furthermore, these ads can redirect to malicious websites and even execute scripts that download/install other PUAs (or even high-risk malware). Therefore, even a single accidental click might result in high-risk computer infections. We strongly recommend that you uninstall ZipMAC adware immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by ZipMac
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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There are dozens of adware-type applications that share similarities with ZipMAC. For example, Colorian, My Best Year, Video Monkey, and Maps2Go. By offering various "useful features", adware developers attempt to trick users to install PUAs. In fact, few of these apps provide the functions promised. Most are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, unwanted applications deliver intrusive advertisements and gather information, thereby posing a threat to your privacy and browsing safety.

How did ZipMAC install on my computer?

ZipMAC is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, this app often infiltrates systems without permission, since developers proliferate ZipMAC using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software. Developers do not disclose installation of unwanted apps properly - they hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often click advertisements, rush download/installation processes, and skip steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of unwanted applications, such as ZipMAC.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious during the download/installation processes and when browsing the internet. You are strongly advised to download apps from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus these tools should not be used. Bear in mind that intrusive ads often seem legitimate, however, they often redirect to dubious websites such as pornography, adult dating, gambling, survey, etc. As mentioned, most are displayed by adware-type apps. Therefore, if you encounter these ads/redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with ZipMAC, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

ZipMAC adware installation setup:

Delusive installer used to promote ZipMAC

Screenshot of ZipMAC unwanted application:

ZipMAC Unwanted application

Instant automatic removal of Ads by ZipMac: 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 ZipMac. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ZipMAC adware using Combo Cleaner:

ZipMAC adware removal:

Remove ZipMAC-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 zipmac 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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 ZipMac removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by zipmac 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 zipmac 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 zipmac 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

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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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