How to avoid becoming a victim of the fastsearchday scam

Also Known As: fastsearchday pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Fastsearchday" from Mac?

What is "Fastsearchday"?

The Fastsearchday scam website is used to advertise the Smart Mac Booster application. This web page promotes the app using deception. It displays a fake notification stating that the computer is infected with viruses, which can be removed with the aforementioned program. Generally, people do not visit websites of this kind intentionally. They are usually opened by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on the system.

Fastsearchday scam

Initially, this website displays a pop-up window stating that the user has visited a malicious website that has infected the Mac with a virus. When this pop-up is closed, this scam website displays details regarding the device (computer) and encourages visitors to scan it for viruses by clicking the "Scan Now" button". A fake scan then starts and 'detects' a virus called "Bankworm". It also displays a "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" button that supposedly downloads the Advanced Mac Cleaner app. When clicked, however, it opens a web page used to promote Smart Mac Booster. Do not trust the pop-up window or associated information, or apps promoted through dubious, deceptive websites. The best option is to ignore these websites and close them.

PUAs are often responsible for forcing browsers to open untrustworthy websites. They also display ads and collect user-system information. The ads include coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and others - do not click them, since they can open untrustworthy websites or execute scripts that cause download/installation of PUAs. Additionally, PUAs collect user-information such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of opened pages, entered search queries, and so on. Developers share this data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals.

Threat Summary:
Name fastsearchday pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim According to this scam, the Mac computer is infected with a virus.
Promoted Unwanted Application Smart Mac Booster
Related Domains apps1779.fastsearchday43[.]live
Serving IP Address (apps1779.fastsearchday43[.]live) 95.81.0.46
Detection Names (apps1779.fastsearchday43[.]live) Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate fastsearchday pop-up our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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The Internet is full of scam pages that are similar to this one, including, for example, apple.com-scan-mac[.]live, apple.com-shield[.]live, and apple.com-monitor[.]live. Typically, these sites trick people into believing that their computers are infected and can be fixed with a certain application. PUAs are all very similar - they force people to visit dubious web pages, feed them with unwanted ads, and gather data.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Many users cause unwanted downloads and installations by clicking intrusive, deceptive ads, or when software developers 'bundle' unwanted apps into download/installation set-ups of other software. Bundling is used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with other, regular programs. Generally, information about the inclusion of PUAs is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", and other settings of software set-ups. Unfortunately, not all people check them, and by leaving them unchanged, they allow PUAs to be downloaded and installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and so on), unofficial websites, third party downloaders and other channels of this kind cannot be trusted. The same applies to third party installers. All installations should be performed properly. Check all available setup settings ("Advanced", Custom", and so on) and deselect offers to download or install unwanted apps before completing the setup. Do not click intrusive advertisements displayed on unofficial pages. They usually lead to potentially malicious websites. To prevent the default browser from opening dubious web pages or showing unwanted ads, uninstall all unknown extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins installed. Also remove any unwanted programs 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.

Text presented in the first pop-up window (in screenshot above):

VIRUS FOUND

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

Press OK to begin the repair process.

Screenshot of a second pop-up that encourages visitors to scan their systems:

fastsearchday scam second page

Text presented in this window:

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: 85.206.10.62
Provider: Telia Lietuva, AB
Location: - LT
Scan Now

Screenshot of fake scan results:

fastsearchday fake scan results

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

Screenshot of a web page used to promote Smart Mac Booster:

smart mac booster download page

Text in this page:

3 Steps to make your Mojave Faster! apple
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DOWNLOAD NOW btn_arroe
Click here to start free download Smart Mac Booster
Estimated Time:
About 10 Seconds Total downloads : 73,866,366

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Enjoy Free Updates
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� 2019 tunesysbooster.xyz. All rights reserved. Mac and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Screenshot of Smart Mac Booster app:

Smart Mac Booster app

Appearance of "Fastsearchday" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Fastsearchday scam (GIF)

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

Video showing how to remove Fastsearchday scam pop-ups 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 fastsearchday 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.

fastsearchday pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove fastsearchday 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 fastsearchday 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 fastsearchday 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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact 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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