Wtflife POP-UP Scam (Mac)

Also Known As: wtflife pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Wtflife" from Mac?

What is "Wtflife"?

Wtflife is a scam used to advertise an application called Smart Mac Booster. Scammers attempt to trick people into downloading and installing this app through a deceptive website that displays a fake virus alert. The site informs visitors that their computers are infected with a virus. These sites are often opened by potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) already installed on the system. PUAs open untrustworthy web pages, deliver ads, and gather information relating to users' browsing habits.

Wtflife scam

When opened, this scam website displays a pop-up window stating that a visited website was malicious and infected the Mac with a virus. When the window is closed, the website encourages visitors to remove the detected virus by running a full system scan. If the "Scan Now" button is clicked, this web page starts a fake scanning process. When complete, it notifies Mac users that their computers are infected with a virus called "Bankworm". To remove it, visitors must supposedly download the aforementioned Smart Mac Booster app, however, it is stated that this virus should be removed with another app called Advanced Mac Cleaner. When the "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" button is clicked, it opens another dubious web page that includes a download link for Smart Mac Booster. Do not download or install apps that are promoted via deceptive websites - in this case, through a scam web page that tricks people into believing that their Mac computers are infected with a virus. The best way to deal with these websites is to close them.

As we mentioned, scam websites and other untrustworthy websites are often opened by PUAs installed on the system. PUAs force users to visit deceptive websites, and also display intrusive ads and gather browsing-related information. They feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. If clicked, these open potentially malicious websites or execute scripts that download/install other PUAs or even malicious apps. Furthermore, PUAs collect IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, URLs of visited websites and other similar information. The data sometimes includes sensitive details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private information to generate revenue.

Threat Summary:
Name wtflife pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim The website delivers a fake message claiming that system is infected and encourages users to download a dubious system cleaner.
Promoted Unwanted Application Smart Mac Booster
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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There are many deceptive websites that are designed to trick people into believing that their computers are infected. Some other examples include apple.com-scan-mac[.]live, apple.com-fast[.]live, and macos-online-security-check[.]com. The main purpose of these websites is to trick people into installing a dubious application. All PUAs are very similar: they are promoted as 'useful applications', however, once installed, they deliver none of the features promised and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. If installed, they might cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and sometimes even identity theft.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs are promoted through their official websites, however, research shows that most users install them through clicked intrusive ads or when installing other (regular) software. To trick people into installing (or downloading) unwanted apps, software developers "bundling", a deceptive marketing method - unwanted apps are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the download and/or installation set-ups. PUAs are not disclosed as being present in set-ups. These unwanted installations/downloads can be avoided. Typically, they occur when people skip installation/download steps without checking the settings. In this way, users grant unwanted apps permission to be downloaded and installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid inadvertent installations/downloads, ensure that you download/install software and browse the web with care. Download from official, trustworthy websites and using direct links. Do not use dubious websites, third party software downloaders/installers, or other rogue tools. When downloading or installing, check all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings, opt-out of any unwanted apps, and only then complete the procedure. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, as some are malicious and redirect to dubious websites. If you are redirected to dubious websites or see ads that lead you to them, check your browser for suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. Also check for unwanted programs installed on your computer (operating system) and remove all dubious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in the pop-up:

VIRUS FOUND

A website you visited today has infected your Mac with a virus.

Press OK to begin the repair process.

Screenshot of the second web page:

wtflife second page

Text presented in this web page:

VIRUS FOUND
A website you have visited today has infected your Mac with a virus. A full system scan is now required to find and remove harmful files or applications from your Mac OS X 10_14_3 device.
DEVICE INFORMATION
Brand: Apple
Device: Mac OS X 10_14_3
Browser: Safari 12.0.3
IP: -
Provider: -
Location: -
Scan Now

Screenshot of the third web page:

wtflife third page

Text presented in this web page:

DOWNLOAD REQUIRED
Please download the Advanced Mac Cleaner application to remove Bankworm from your Mac.
VIRUS INFORMATION
Virus Name: Bankworm
Risk: HIGH
Infected File: /os/apps/worm.icv
VIRUS REMOVAL
Application: Advanced Mac Cleaner
Rating: 9.9/10
Price: Free
REMOVE VIRUS NOW

Appearance of "Wtflife" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Wtflife scam (GIF)

Screenshot of a dubious website that promotes Smart Mac Booster:

website promoting smart mac booster

Smart Mac Booster unwanted application:

smart mac booster unwanted app

Instant automatic removal of wtflife pop-up: 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 wtflife pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove unwanted applications promoted via Wtflife pop-up scam 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 wtflife pop-up 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

wtflife pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove wtflife pop-up 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 wtflife pop-up 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 wtflife pop-up 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.

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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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