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 the name of a scam that is used to advertise an application which is called Smart Mac Booster. Scammers try to trick people into downloading and installing it through a deceptive website that displays a fake virus alert. In other words, that page notifies its visitors that their computers are infected with a virus. Quite often these pages get opened by already installed potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). Typically, apps of this type open untrustworthy pages, deliver ads and gather information about browsing habits.

Wtflife scam

This scam website, once opened, displays a pop-up window stating that some visited website was malicious and infected Mac with a virus. When that window is closed, scam website encourages its visitors to remove the detected virus by running a full system scan. If the "Scan Now" button is clicked, this page starts a fake scanning process that, once finished, notifies Mac users that their computer is infected with some virus that is named "Bankworm". To remove it, visitors supposed to download the aforementioned Smart Mac Booster app. However, it is mentioned that this virus should be removed with another app, called Advanced Mac Cleaner. When the "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" button is clicked, it opens another questionable page that includes a download link for Smart Mac Booster. We do not recommend to install (and downloads) apps that are promoted using deceptive websites. In this case through a scam page that is designed to trick people into believing that their Mac computers are infected with a virus. The best way to deal with pages of this kind is to ignore and close them.

As we mentioned in the first paragraph, scam websites and other untrustworthy websites often are opened by installed potentially unwanted apps. Apps of this type force their users to visit deceptive websites, display intrusive ads and gather browsing-related information. They feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and so on. If clicked, they open potentially malicious websites or execute scripts that are designed to 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. Sometimes gathered data includes sensitive details too. People who develop these apps usually share collected details with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it 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 questionable system cleaner.
Promoted Unwanted Application Smart Mac Booster
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady 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 shady 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. Here are some other examples: 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 some questionable application. Unwanted apps are also very similar: they are promoted as useful applications, however, once installed, they do deliver the promised features/functionalities and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. If installed, they might cause problems related to privacy, browsing safety and sometimes even an 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 either through clicked intrusive ads or when installing some other (regular) software. To trick people into installing (or downloading) unwanted apps software developers use a so called "bundling" method, a deceptive marketing method. Bundling is hiding unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of download and/or installation set-ups. In other words, it works by not disclosing apps being present in set-ups properly. However, it does not mean that these unwanted installations or downloads cannot be avoided. Typically, they happen when people skip installation (or download) steps without checking any of the settings. In other words, users give unwanted apps a permission to be downloaded/installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid unintentional/inadvertent installations or downloads, we advise to download/install software and browse the web with care. Download it from official and trustworthy websites and using direct links, but not through some dubious websites, using third party software downloaders/installers and other analogous tools. When downloading or installing something, check all the available "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings, opt-out any unwanted apps and only then complete the procedure. Additionally, avoid clicking various intrusive ads. Not all of them are malicious or redirect to dubious websites, however, some of them do. If you are being redirected to dubious websites often (or see ads that lead you there), then check your web browser for suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins. Check for unwanted programs installed on your computer (operating system) as well 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 page:

wtflife second page

Text presented in this 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 page:

wtflife third page

Text presented in this 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 questionable website that promoted 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.

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
Medium

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

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