File Compressor Pro Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: File Compressor Pro potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove File Compressor Pro from Mac?

What is File Compressor Pro?

File Compressor Pro developers promote this app as an online tool for zipping (compressing) files, however, one of its distribution methods is the "bundling" method. Developers use this to trick people into downloading and installing various potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). File Compressor Pro is also used to promote bunnybarny.com, a fake search engine.

File Compressor Pro unwanted application

This app supposedly allows users to compress files in a single click. This may seem an easy-to-use and useful tool, however, apps that are promoted using deceptive methods should not be trusted. They often deliver no real real value and are installed with browser hijackers, adware-type, and other unwanted apps. In this particular case, File Compressor Pro's installer is used to promote a fake search engine (bunnybarny.com). Therefore, by installing File Compressor Pro, people might unintentionally allow changes to be made to browser settings - in this case, assigning bunnybarny.com as the default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage. Typically, these changes cannot be undone unless a specific app (in this case, File Compressor Pro or another browser hijacker that is installed with it) is uninstalled. Browser hijackers change browser settings and often gather browsing related data. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Developers share this data with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. If PUAs are installed with adware-type apps, users will encounter unwanted ads (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on). If clicked, these open untrustworthy or malicious websites. Clicking them can also cause download and installation of other unwanted apps. To avoid these unwanted downloads/installations, privacy/browsing safety, and other issues, we recommend that you uninstall File Compressor Pro and avoid installing PUAs in the future.

Threat Summary:
Name File Compressor Pro potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus, PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality File compressing (adding to archives).
Detection Names (filecompressor_b.dmg) Avast (MacOS:Genieo-ED [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Genieo.1), Emsisoft (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Genieo.1 (B)), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Geonei.y), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Most PUAs are promoted as useful tools, however, few of these apps operate as promised. They are often promoted using deceptive methods and installed with other unwanted apps. They also promote dubious websites. Some examples of other similar unwanted apps include Qbit Mac Speedup, Advanced Password Manager, and Cleanup My Mac.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

People usually download and install PUAs inadvertently through clicked intrusive ads or together with other software. As mentioned, to trick people into unwanted downloads/installations, developers use the "bundling" method. They include PUAs in set-ups of other software and hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the set-ups. In summary, people cause unwanted downloads/installations by clicking dubious (deceptive) ads or when they download or install regular software without checking the settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not use unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule (and other similar programs), third party downloaders or installers to download or install software. All software should be downloaded from official websites and using direct download links. Furthermore, downloads and installations should be handled properly. No software setup should be completed without checking included settings ("Custom", "Advanced" and so on) and dismissing offers to download/install additional (unwanted) applications. Furthermore, do not click ads displayed on dubious pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc. These often lead to other untrustworthy websites (or cause unwanted downloads/installations). If unwanted ads or redirects are a common problem, unwanted software might be installed on the browser or computer. We recommend that you check the list of installed browser apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) and uninstall all unwanted, suspicious entries immediately. This should also be done with programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of File Compressor Pro installer that promotes bunnybarny.com fake search engine:

file compressor pro installer promoting bunnybarny.com

File Compressor Pro application:

file compressor pro app

File Compressor Pro in the Applications folder:

file compressor pro in applications folder

Another fake web search engine (search.filecompressorpro.com) promoted by File Compressor Pro unwanted application:

search.filecompressorpro.com fake search engine

Instant automatic removal of File Compressor Pro potentially unwanted application: 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 File Compressor Pro potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove File Compressor Pro unwanted application using Combo Cleaner:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove 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 file compressor pro potentially unwanted application 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.

File Compressor Pro potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove file compressor pro potentially unwanted application 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 file compressor pro potentially unwanted application 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 file compressor pro potentially unwanted application 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

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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