F5 Player Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: F5Player adware
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove F5 Player from Mac?

What is F5 Player?

The F5 Player app supposedly provides online video streaming services. Unfortunately, its installers are used to proliferate adware-type applications, which are "bundled" into F5 Player's installer. Once installed, apps of this type continually deliver intrusive ads and often collect information relating to users' browsing habits.

F5 Player adware

If F5 Player is installed, there is a high possibility that other adware-type apps were also installed. F5 Player's installer is used to distribute potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) such as adware. After installation, these apps begin to display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. These advertisements can be annoying and conceal underlying content of visited websites. Do not click ads displayed through adware, since they usually redirect people to untrustworthy websites. Once clicked, many run scripts that cause download and installation of other PUAs. Furthermore, F5 Player might cause installation of PUAs that collect browsing-related data, such as geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses and other details. Personal details might also be recorded. Developers share the information with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note, these third parties might include cyber criminals. If there are any adware-type or other PUAs installed on your system, remove (uninstall) them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name F5Player adware
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate F5Player adware our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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Adware is software that serves users with advertisements. The ads displayed usually differ, however, most PUAs have identical behavior. They are installed intentionally when developers promote them as legitimate and useful tools, however, adware-type apps usually serve just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers by deploying ads. Some examples of other apps categorized as adware include ChangeToPDF, PDF Mac Master, and Snap Media Player.

F5 Player adware technical analysis:

  • Detection names: Avast (Other:Malware-gen [Trj]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Bundlore.DPS), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Shlayer.a))
  • Full list of antivirus detections: VirusTotal
  • Executable filename: Player.dmg
  • Sample first submitted: 2019-04-03

How did F5 Player install on my computer?

Typically, people do not install adware-type apps intentionally - they are distributed through the "bundling" method. Therefore, they are installed together with other regular software. Developers hide information regarding the inclusion of these apps in software downloaders and installers - in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. People who do not check these settings often install their software normally but also allow adware (or other PUAs) to be installed. Another way to download and install apps of this type unintentionally is by clicking intrusive ads that execute scripts designed to cause unwanted installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Third party downloaders/installers are often monetized by promoting various potentially unwanted programs. Therefore, do not use unofficial websites or Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule). The safest way to download software is using official websites and direct download links. Do not finish any download or installation without first checking "Advanced", "Custom" and other options/settings. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on untrustworthy websites. They often cause unwanted installations or redirects to dubious sites (pornography, adult dating, gambling, and so on). If you believe that PUAs may be installed on your browser or computer, remove all unknown, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the browser and programs from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with F5 Player, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Setup of F5 Player that promotes adware-type apps:

f5player setup promoting adware

Screenshot of executed/opened F5 Player installer:

Executed F5 Player installer

F5 Player application:

f5player application

F5 Player asking for a permission to control computer using accessibility features:

F5 Player asking for a permission to control computer using accessibility features

Instant automatic removal of F5Player adware: 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 F5Player adware. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove F5 Player adware using Combo Cleaner:

F5 Player adware removal:

Remove F5 Player-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 f5player adware 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.

F5Player adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove f5player adware 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 f5player adware 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 f5player adware 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.