Avoid visiting pages like Randomly selected to test the new iPhone

Also Known As: "Randomly selected to test the new iPhone" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to stop redirects to "Randomly selected to test the new iPhone" scam on Mac?

What is "Randomly selected to test the new iPhone"?

"Randomly selected to test the new iPhone" is a line from a scam website which offers its visitors to claim a prize. Note, this is a deceptive website and it should not be trusted. Typically, pages of this type get opened by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are installed on user's browser or computer. Not many people download or install apps of this type intentionally. When installed, PUAs open shady pages, feed users with unwanted ads and/or gather various information.

Randomly selected to test the new iPhone scam

As stated in this scam website (fake lottery), whoever visited this page was selected to test the updated iPhone XS version. In other words, they have won the newest iPhone XS model. In order to get the phone visitors are asked to answer various questions (to participate in a survey). It is very likely that visitors might be asked to provide various details like email address, name, surname, address and other information as well. We strongly recommend not to trust websites of this type, participate in their surveys, provide any information and so on. Typically, scammers misuse provided information to generate revenue in any possible way. People who trust websites of this type risk to experience problems with privacy, browsing safety or even have their identities stolen. Besides, this page might contain deceptive ads that, if clicked, may lead to untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites.

PUAs that open pages like this scam usually are designed to gather various details and/or display unwanted ads too. They collect information such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of opened pages, entered search queries, etc. In some cases these apps record personal details too. Either way, their developers share all gathered data with other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse them to generate revenue. Furthermore, installed PUAs might be designed to display intrusive, deceptive ads. People who click them usually get redirected to scam websites like this one, or other pages of this kind. Or they allow those ads to run scripts that download, or even install additional unwanted software. One way or another, we strongly recommend not to have any PUAs installed/remove them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name "Randomly selected to test the new iPhone" virus
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
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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This fake lottery page is similar to "Dear Safari User, You Are Today's Lucky Visitor", "Comcast Cable Communications Congratulations" and other scam pages that are designed to trick people into thinking that they were selected as winners of some prizes. However, none of these websites can be trusted or are legitimate, official, etc. The best option is to ignore and never visit them again.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

As a rule, people download and install unwanted apps unintentionally. One of the ways to cause it is to click some deceptive ad that will run a script designed to download or install a PUA. In other cases people download or install unwanted apps through setups of other software, when developers use a "bundling" method. To be more precise, PUAs often are included in various download or installation setups. Unwanted downloads or installations happen when users download or install desired programs without checking settings (like "Custom", "Advanced") that are available in their setups. Settings of this type usually include offers to download or install additional, unwanted software. People who leave them unchanged do not dismiss those offers and allow PUAs to be installed through a setup of some other, intentionally downloaded software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to avoid downloads from various unofficial websites, using third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks) and so on. Software should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Additionally, it is important to always check what are "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" and other similar settings that are (if are) available in any download or installation setup. Typically, offers to download or install additional apps can be found there and they should be dismissed on time. Moreover, we recommend not to click various intrusive advertisements, especially if they are displayed on questionable pages. These ads usually cause redirects to other untrustworthy websites or trigger unwanted downloads, installations. To prevent a browser from opening such pages or displaying unwanted ads, we recommend to uninstall unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on it and programs of this kind that are 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.

Appearance of "Randomly selected to test the new iPhone" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Randomly selected to test the new iPhone scam (GIF)

Text presented in this scam:

iPhone Watch iPad Mac
iPhone Xs
Wednesday 11, September 2019

CONGRATULATIONS!
You've been randomly selected to test the new iPhone XS Updated version!

Additional testers wanted still: 01:44


It's not a joke! You are invited to try our brand new iPhone XS updated version, before it is distributed to the public. We're looking for another (30) firefoxChrome Mobile users for feedback to make this phone the best iPhone yet.

If you want to join our private test group, you have to answer the four questions below.

As a "Thank You" gift, we will send an iPhone XS 64GB with Only 1$! Stocks are limited so answer quickly, act NOW!

Question 1 of 4: Do you currently own any Apple products?

Yes
No

Instant automatic removal of Randomly selected to test the new iPhone virus: 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 Randomly selected to test the new iPhone virus. 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 "randomly selected to test the new iphone" virus 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.

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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.

"Randomly selected to test the new iPhone" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "randomly selected to test the new iphone" virus 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 "randomly selected to test the new iphone" virus 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 "randomly selected to test the new iphone" virus 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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