Prevent browser from opening the appleproductpro.com website

Also Known As: appleproductpro.com pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove appleproductpro[.]com from Mac?

What is appleproductpro[.]com?

Appleproductpro[.]com is a deceptive page which is designed to trick people into downloading (and installing) some app that supposed to remove viruses that were detected by this website. Messages about detected viruses that are displayed on websites like appleproductpro[.]com are fake, they should not be trusted. The same applies to apps that are promoted through such sites. Research shows that appleproductpro[.]com targets mostly iPad and iPhone devices, however, browsers open this page on desktop computer users too. Quite often people do not visit websites like appleproductpro[.]com intentionally, they get redirected to it by some installed potentially unwanted application (PUA).

appleproductpro[.]com scam

Once visited, appleproductpro[.]com displays a pop-up window with a message that visitor's iPhone has been compromised. When closed, appleproductpro[.]com displays a fake virus alert stating that iPhone is severely damaged by 6 viruses that were installed through some corrupted website. To prevent these viruses from spreading and infecting data like Facebook account, WhatsApp messages, photos and private applications, visitors are encouraged to remove them by clicking the "Remove Virus" button. This button is designed to open App Store, download page of Outlaw VPN. Since Outlaw VPN is available on official Apple website, it is very likely that it is a legitimate application. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to download or install applications that are promoted through deceptive websites like appleproductpro[.]com. It is known that Outlaw VPN is not the only app that is promoted through such pages.

Very often browsers open pages like appleproductpro[.]com because there is some PUA installed on them. Apps of this type usually are designed to gather various information about user's browsing habits too. For example, they collect data such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. Their developers share that data with other people who may be cyber criminals and misuse it to generate revenue. To avoid having problems related to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft, we recommend to uninstall installed PUAs as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name appleproductpro.com pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 157.230.152.172
Detection Names CyRadar (Malicious), Sophos AV (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Promoted Application Outlaw VPN
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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Appleproductpro[.]com is very similar to safetyvpn[.]net, numberonevpn[.]com and other pages of this kind. As a rule, they are designed to trick people into thinking that their devices are infected with viruses so they would download and install some questionable app that supposed to remove them. PUAs that open these pages are also similar: once installed, they do not function as advertised, they cause redirects to shady pages and record various information.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs can be downloaded from their download pages, however, that is not how most people download and install them. Typically, they download and install them unintentionally: through clicked intrusive or through download or installation setups of other programs. To trick people into unwanted downloads or installations through setups developers use a deceptive method called "bundling". They include apps into setups of other, usually free software and hide information about it in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. If such settings are left unchanged, PUAs are allowed to be downloaded and installed through setups of some desired software. Unfortunately, people often do not even check any of the settings that are available in download or installation setups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We do not recommend to download software through Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and so on), unofficial pages, third party downloaders and other similar tools. The safest way to achieve it is to use official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, we recommend not to leave "Custom", "Advanced" and other setting that are available in setups unchanged. In other words, all offers to download or install additional apps should be dismissed before completing download or/and installation processes. Intrusive ads should not be clicked, especially if they are displayed on questionable websites (related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on). Typically, these ads lead to various untrustworthy websites or even unwanted downloads, installations. If a web browser opens unreliable websites or/and displays intrusive ads, then remove all unwanted or suspicious add-ons, plug-ins or extensions that are installed on a browser (or programs on a computer) and see if the problem persists. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of a pop-up that gets displayed when appleproductpro[.]com is just visited:

appleproductpro.com pop-up window

Text presented in this pop-up:

Your iPhone Has Been Compromised

Immediate Action Is Required!

Screenshot of a second appleproductpro[.]com page:

appleproductpro.com second page

Text presented in this page (desktop and mobile version):

WARNING!
Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by (6) viruses!
We have detected that your Browser is (45.4%) DAMAGED by BROWSER TROJAN VIRUSES picked up while surfing recent corrupted sites.
Immediate action is required to prevent it from spreading and infecting sensitive data like your Facebook account, Whatsapp messages photos and private applications.
Here is how you can solve this in just a few seconds (Step by Step)
Step 1: Tap REMOVE VIRUS to install Outlaw VPN from the App Store.
Step 2: Open the application to activate the latest update and remove any older (Infected) versions.
Remove Virus

Appearance of appleproductpro[.]com scam (GIF):

Appearance of appleproductpro[.]com scam (GIF)

Download page of Outlaw VPN:

Outlaw VPN download website

To enable pop-up blocking, fraudulent website warnings, and remove web browsing data in mobile Apple devices, follow these steps:

First, go to "Settings", then scroll down to find and tap "Safari".

enable pop-up blocking step 1

Check if the "Block Pop-ups" and "Fraudulent Website Warning" toggles are enabled. If not, enable them immediately. Then, scroll down and tap "Advanced".

enable pop-up blocking step 2

Tap "Website Data" and then "Remove All Website Data".

enable pop-up blocking step 3

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

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

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 appleproductpro.com 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.

appleproductpro.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove appleproductpro.com 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 appleproductpro.com 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 appleproductpro.com 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.

QR Code
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