How to stop redirects to thevpnsafety.com?

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

How to remove thevpnsafety[.]com from Mac?

What is thevpnsafety[.]com?

Thevpnsafety[.]com is one of the many deceptive websites that targets mostly iPhone and iPad users, however, computer users are targeted as well. This is a scam page designed to display fake virus message and trick people into installing application that supposed to remove detected threats. Neither pages like thevpnsafety[.]com or apps promoted through them can be trusted. It is common for browsers to open such pages when there is some potentially unwanted application (PUA) installed on them. In other words, most people do not visit them willingly.

thevpnsafety[.]com scam

When visited, thevpnsafety[.]com displays a pop-up window which informs visitors that their Apple device is damaged by 39 viruses. It also says that visitors SIM card that is inserted into Apple device will be corrupted and data like contacts, photos, apps, and so on will be damaged. The next thevpnsafety[.]com page says that a device is damaged by 30 harmful viruses that were installed while a user was visiting some adult websites. To prevent any further damage visitors are encouraged to remove all detected viruses immediately. It supposed to be done by clicking the "Repair Now" button. At the time of the research it downloaded the AdControl app. However, thevpnsafety[.]com might be used to promote other apps as well. Either way, we do not recommend to trust apps that are advertised through deceptive websites. It is very likely that AdControl is a legitimate app because it is available on Apple Store. However, the problem is that this app is promoted through a scam website and websites of this kind can never be trusted.

Typically, people are forced to visit untrustworthy pages by various PUAs that are installed on their browsers (or operating systems). It is known that most of these apps record various details about their users too. For example, their IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. People who develop PUAs share all gathered information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse them to generate revenue. These actions can cause problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, identity theft, etc.

Threat Summary:
Name thevpnsafety.com pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 157.230.152.172
Detection Names CRDF (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Promoted Application AdControl
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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More examples of pages that are very similar to thevpnsafety[.]com are safetyvpn[.]net and numberonevpn[.]com. Pages of this type usually display fake messages related to detected errors, viruses (and other threats/problems) and encourage visitors to install some questionable application. One way or another, deceptive websites cannot be trusted and must be ignored. PUAs that open them should not be trusted too, if there are any of them installed on a system or browser, they should be removed as soon as possible. Typically, they do not deliver any real value and cause their users various problems.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most people download and install various unwanted apps unwillingly/unintentionally. It usually happens when they accidentally (or intentionally) click deceptive ads which allows them to download or install PUAs, or when software developers include unwanted apps in setups of other software. To trick people into unwanted downloads or installations through various setups, developers hide information about added PUAs in their settings like "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. Unfortunately, people often leave these setting unchecked (and unchanged). It means that they unintentionally agree with offers to download or install additional software (PUAs).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent PUAs from being downloaded or installed, we recommend to download software from official, trustworthy websites. It is not recommended to channels/tools like third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), etc. Also, it is important to check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings that are available in download or installation setups, especially if a software is free. Furthermore, there are many intrusive advertisements that, if clicked, open unreliable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Quite often ads of this kind are displayed on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating etc. If clicked, they redirect users to various untrustworthy websites. To stop a browser from showing ads or opening shady pages remove all unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) that are installed on it. If there are any apps of this type installed on the operating system, we recommend to remove them as well. 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 the thevpnsafety[.]com pop-up window:

thevpnsafety.com pop-up

Text presented in this page:

ATTENTION - Viruses found!
Your Apple is severely damaged by (39) viruses! Soon your Apple SIM card will be corrupt and it will damage your contacts, photos, data, applications, etc..

Second thevpnsafety[.]com page:

thevpnsafety.com second page

Text in this page (mobile and desktop version):

Your iPhone is severly damaged by (39) viruses
We've noticed that your Apple is 28.1% Damaged by (30) harmful viruses from recent adult sites. It will soon corrupt your iPhone's SIM card and damage your contacts, photos, data, and applications.
4 minutes and 25 seconds
If you don't remove the virus now, it will cause serious damage to your iPhone. Here's what you need to do (step by step):

Step 1: Tap and install AdControl for free on the App Store!

Step 2: Open the application to speed up and fix your browser now!
Repair Now

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

Appearance of thevpnsafety.com scam (GIF)

AdControl download page:

AdControl 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 thevpnsafety.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 thevpnsafety.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 thevpnsafety.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.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

thevpnsafety.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove thevpnsafety.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 thevpnsafety.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 thevpnsafety.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
thevpnsafety.com pop-up QR code
A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable code which stores URLs and other information. This code can be read using a camera on a smartphone or a tablet. Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of thevpnsafety.com pop-up on your mobile device.
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