Avoid installation of apps advertised through the tutonhamon scam site

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

How to remove Tutonhamon from Mac?

What is Tutonhamon?

Tutonhamon is a deceptive, scam website designed to advertise a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Smart Mac Booster. To trick people into downloading and installing this program, scammers designed the site to display a fake virus alert notification. The alert states that the computer is infected with a virus that can be removed with this particular app. Do not trust deceptive websites and/or applications advertised through these alerts.

Tutonhamon scam

When opened, this deceptive site displays a pop-up window stating that it has found a virus. According to the pop-up, the computer was infected with this virus through a website that the user visited earlier. Visitors are encouraged to start the 'virus removal process' immediately. Another page relating to this scam encourages users to run a full system scan and displays device information (such as MacOS, browser name and version, IP address, name of Internet Service Provider and location). To scan their systems, visitors must supposedly click the "Scan Now" button, which then starts a fake scan. This 'detects' a virus called "Bankworm". To remove it, people are encouraged to click the "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" button. This leads to a download page of the Smart Mac Booster application. Never download or install apps advertised through deceptive websites such as tutonhamon. If a browser opens this or another, similar page, ignore the site and close it. Many users are forced to visit these websites by PUAs that are installed on browsers or operating systems.

Generally, PUAs force people to visit dubious websites, collect information, and/or display unwanted, intrusive advertisements. PUAs collect user-system information such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries and other details. PUAs can also record personal data. In any case, the people who develop these apps share the information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Furthermore, many PUAs feed users with intrusive advertisements. They display coupons, banners, surveys, and other ads that, if clicked, redirect to potentially malicious websites or run scripts that download/install further unwanted apps. If a PUA is installed on your computer or browser, remove it immediately. PUAs can lead to problems with privacy, browsing safety, and are even used to steal users' identities.

Threat Summary:
Name tutonhamon pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim This scam page claims that the computer is infected with a virus that should be removed as soon as possible.
Promoted Unwanted Application Smart Mac Booster
Related Domain best6664.tutonhamon61[.]live
Serving IP Address 92.63.192.135
Detection Names (best6664.tutonhamon61[.]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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Tutonhamon is very similar to other deceptive web pages such as Truefalserdr, Checkingforward, and Fastsearchday. Generally, these pages claim that the computer is infected with a malicious program and encourage visitors to install a potentially unwanted application. Do not trust these websites. The same applies to PUAs, which are often the reason why people visit websites of this type. Typically, developers advertise them as legitimate apps that supposedly provide 'useful features'. Generally, PUAs do not operate as promised and merely cause problems.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, people download and install apps of this type through intrusive ads that they click, or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is used to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps with other software through the download or installation set-ups. They achieve this by hiding information about additionally-included apps in "Custom", "Advanced", and other options of download or installation set-ups. They succeed when people download/install their programs without checking the settings - in this way, they unintentionally grant permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed with regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download programs from official, trusted websites. Do not download from dubious pages, using third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), or other similar channels. Do not use third party installers to install programs. Check "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings that are available in the download or installation setup. Dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps, and only then complete the setup. Clicked intrusive ads often open untrustworthy websites. Typically, these ads are displayed on pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If unwanted ads or redirects occur often, check the operating system for unwanted, suspicious programs and the browser for unwanted extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. Remove unwanted 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 Tutonhamon scam page:

tutonhamon second page

Text 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_6 device.
DEVICE INFORMATION
Brand: Apple
Device: Mac OS X 10_14_6
Browser: Safari 12.1.2
IP: -
Provider: -
Location: - LT
Scan Now

Screenshot of the third Tutonhamon scam page:

tutonhamon third page

Text 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 Tutonhamon scam (GIF):

Appearance of Tutonhamon scam (GIF)

Smart Mac Booster download website:

smart mac booster download page

Smart Mac Booster application:

smart mac booster unwanted application

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted applications promoted via tutanhamon website 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 tutonhamon 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.

tutonhamon pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove tutonhamon 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 tutonhamon 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 tutonhamon 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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