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 easily compress and extract files. Judging on the appearance alone, ZipMAC seems completely appropriate and handy. However, be aware that this app often infiltrates the system without asking for a permission. Moreover, it is designed to record various information and deliver various types of intrusive advertisements. For these reasons, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and an adware.

ZipMAC adware

Once infiltrated, ZipMAC starts recording various types of information, such as website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, IP addresses, and so on so forth. Such behavior is very common for adware-type applications. The problem is that developers share collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons continue to misuse received information in order to generate revenue. Hence, presence of a data-tracking app might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Another significant downside is display of intrusive advertisements. ZipMAC is designed to display coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other similar intrusive advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content. Thus, intrusive ads significantly decrease web browsing experience by overlaying the content of visited websites. What's more important is that such ads may redirect to malicious websites and even execute scripts that download/install other PUAs (or even high-risk malware). For this reason, even a single accidental click might result in a high-risk computer infection. We highly recommend to uninstall ZipMAC adware as soon as possible.

There are dozens of adware-type applications that share similarities with ZipMAC. For example, Colorian, My Best Year, Video Monkey, Maps2Go, and many others. By offering various "useful features", adware developers attempt (and often succeed) to trick users into installation. In reality, however, only a small percentage of potentially unwanted apps actually provide promised functions. Most of them are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Hence, rather than giving any real value for the actual user, unwanted applications deliver intrusive advertisements and gather various information, thereby posing threat to user's privacy and web browsing safety.

How did ZipMAC install on my computer?

ZipMAC is free for anyone to download at it's official website. However, due to users' lack of knowledge and reckless behavior this app often infiltrates the system without a permission. That's because developers proliferate ZipMAC by using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is essentially an undercover installation of third party applications alongside with regular software. Developers do not disclose installation of unwanted apps properly - they intentionally hide "bundled" apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. The problem is that users often click on various advertisements, as well as rush download/installation processes and skip most of the steps. Behavior like this often leads to inadvertent installation of unwanted applications, such as ZipMAC.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to prevent this situation users must be very cautious during the download/installation processes, as well as when browsing the Internet. It is highly recommended to download apps only from official sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, which is why such tools shouldn't be used. Moreover, keep in mind that intrusive ads often look completely appropriate. However, distinguishing is still easy, since such ads often redirect to questionable websites like pornography, adult dating, gambling, survey, and so on so forth. As said before, most of them are displayed by adware-type apps. Hence, if you encounter such ads/redirects often, then 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 Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

ZipMAC adware installation setup:

Delusive installer used to promote ZipMAC

Screenshot of ZipMAC unwanted application:

ZipMAC Unwanted application

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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.

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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 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.