Avoid downloads from Websitetrafficgo and other scam sites

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

How to remove Websitetrafficgo from Mac?

What is Websitetrafficgo?

websitetrafficgo is a scam site used to advertise dubious software. Scammers designed this website to display a fake virus alert message and, thus, people who who arrive at this web page often believe that their computers are infected. Visitors are encouraged to remove the 'detected virus' with a program called Smart Mac Booster. Do not take the Websitetrafficgo scam seriously or download software advertised through the site. The same applies to any other similar scam pages.

Websitetrafficgo scam

Once opened, websitetrafficgo displays a pop-up window, a fake notification about a 'detected virus'. According to the pop-up, a previously-visited website has infected the Mac computer with a virus. When the pop-up is closed, websitetrafficgo displays a table that contains device information such as name and version of operating system and browser, visitor's IP address, location, and internet service provider. These details are used to make this scam seem more believable. Visitors are encouraged to scan their systems by clicking the "Scan Now" button, which starts a fake scan that detects a virus called "Bankworm". To remove it, users are encouraged to click the "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" button. This leads to a download page of Smart Mac Booster, an application that should not be trusted. We recommend that you immediately close the websitetrafficgo scam site if opened. This site is not malicious, however, it is used to trick people into downloading potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Note that Smart Mac Booster might be one of a number of apps that are advertised on this scam page.

Browsers often open websitetrafficgo due to PUAs installed on browsers or operating systems. Generally, PUAs feed users with intrusive advertisements. For example, they display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. In most cases, these ads hide underlying content of visited websites - this can be very annoying. Furthermore, if clicked, they open dubious websites or run scripts that download or even install other unwanted apps. PUAs also collect user-system information such as users' IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocations and other, possibly personal details. Developers of these apps share the information with other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.

Threat Summary:
Name websitetrafficgo pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim This scam page claims that it has detected a virus and encourages visitors to remove it immediately
Promoted Unwanted Application Smart Mac Booster
Related Domain sweeps7587.websitetrafficgo36[.]live
Serving IP Address (sweeps7587.websitetrafficgo36[.]live) 5.189.252.12
Detection Names (play3101.tiptoptrack54[.]live) 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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websitetrafficgo is virtually identical to Tiptoptrack, Truefalserdr, Checkingforward, and many other scam sites. These are used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps that supposedly remove viruses. Scam websites should never be trusted, and nor should apps that are promoted through them. PUAs responsible for opening scam pages are all very similar. They are advertised as useful, legitimate apps, however, most are useless and designed only to help developers to generate revenue. Furthermore, installed PUAs might cause problems with privacy, browsing safety, or worse, they could be used to steal identities.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In many cases, people download and install PUAs through intrusive ads or when developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". As mentioned, if clicked, some ads cause unwanted downloads or even installations. Bundling is a method that developers use to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted software with other, regular programs. Information about additional downloads/installations can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other parts of the download or installation set-ups, however, people often leave these settings unchanged, thus allowing download and installation of additional applications by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The safest way to download software is to use official, trustworthy websites and direct download links. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, unofficial websites and other tools or sources should not be used. Set-ups that contain "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings should be handled properly. Check all available settings and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted software. Note that intrusive ads (especially if displayed on untrustworthy websites) usually lead to potentially malicious pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. They can cause unwanted downloads or installations. If you experience unwanted redirects or ads, uninstall all unknown or unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser. The same applies to 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.

Text in the "VIRUS FOUND" 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 websitetrafficgo web page:

websitetrafficgo scam second page

Text 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_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 websitetrafficgo web page:

websitetrafficgo scam third page

Text 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 websitetrafficgo scam (GIF):

Appearance of Websitetrafficgo scam (GIF)

Smart Mac Booster download web page:

Smart Mac Booster download web page

Smart Mac Booster app:

Smart Mac Booster unwanted application

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted applications promoted via websitetrafficgo scam 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 websitetrafficgo 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.

websitetrafficgo pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove websitetrafficgo 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 websitetrafficgo 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 websitetrafficgo 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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