What is "Wedyoulife"?
Wedyoulife is a family of scam web pages designed to promote dubious applications. Wedyoulife specifically endorses the Smart Mac Booster app. The site uses scare tactics to trick users into downloading/installing the product it promotes. It displays a message alerting users that their devices are infected and advertises an application allegedly capable of fixing the 'issues'.
You are strongly advised against downloading/installing any apps that these websites promote - all threats they detect are fake. Furthermore, the advertised applications are often bogus and nonoperational. Websites such as Wedyoulife are usually opened by Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) already present on the device.
Wedyoulife displays a pop-up window claiming that a website visited by users has infected the MacOS with a virus. Users are urged to click the "OK" button to begin the repair process. The background web page states that a full system scan is required to find and eliminate all harmful files and/or applications.
It also shows device details such as brand, operating system, browser, IP address, Internet provider, and location. These issues are fake and are merely a tactic to trick users into installing the promoted software. Once the "Scan Now" button is clicked, Wedyoulife claims to perform a system scan.
The scan 'finds' a virus named "Bankworm", lists it "HIGH RISK", and shows the infected file. It promotes Advanced Mac Cleaner as an app capable of removing this fake virus. When "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" is clicked, users are redirected to the promotional website of Smart Mac Booster.
Attempting to download this application results in download of the maccleaner.pkg file, which is used to spread PUAs (Smart Mac Booster is also classified as a PUA). This file should never be installed, as any software installed by it is likely to be nonoperational.
There are many bogus apps online (e.g. Advanced Mac Booster, Qbit Mac Cleaner, MacEntizer, etc.). They are often advertised on deceptive web pages such as Wedyoulife. Despite being promoted as 'free software', they generally require purchase for activation. In most cases, however, they remain nonfunctional despite any purchase being made.
All PUAs tend to be similar. These unwanted apps often seem legitimate and entice users to install by offering a wide variety of "useful" features, however, these features rarely work as promised (if indeed they are operational at all). The only purpose of all unwanted software/content is to generate revenue for the developers.
It is not designed with regular users in mind and has no genuine value to them. Rather than delivering any useful features, PUAs hijack browsers, cause redirects to untrustworthy and malicious sites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns (banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, etc.) and track data.
They use the latter to monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and personal details). This private data is then shared with third parties (potentially, criminals) intent on misusing it for financial gain.
Therefore, PUAs can cause system infiltration/infections and lead to serious privacy issues, financial loses, and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately.
|Threat Type||Scam, Phishing, Mac malware, Mac virus.|
|Fake Claim||These websites deliver a message claiming that the system is infected and encourages users to download software that will supposedly fix it.|
|Related Domains||Full list below.|
|Detection Names (wedyoulife21.live)||BitDefender (Malware), G-Data (Phishing), Sophos AV (Malicious), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List (VirusTotal).|
|Serving IP Address
|Promoted Unwanted Application||Smart Mac Booster|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your Mac with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
There are many websites out on the Internet that are similar to Wedyoulife, for example Securingchecknow, Security5service.com, Mon-thu and Mondaysunday. The primary purpose of such sites is to trick users into downloading/installing rogue applications.
Often they try to achieve this by claiming that users' devices are infected, at risk or similarly endangered. Intentional access to such web pages is rare, most visitors to them are redirected by PUAs or by intrusive advertisements.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs are usually spread via the download/install setups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular programs with unwanted content is called "bundling". Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled software onto devices.
Some PUAs have "official" download webpages on which they are typically endorsed as "free" and "useful" applications. Intrusive ads also proliferate these apps. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Research content and software to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download sources. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar channels are untrusted and should not be used.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
If you experience ads/redirects of this kind, inspect the system and remove all suspect apps and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. 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 Wedyoulife pop-up window:
A website you visited today has infected your Mac with a virus.
Press OK to begin the repair process.
Screenshot of Wedyoulife background web page:
Text in this web page:
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_13_6 device.
Device: Mac OS X 10_13_6
Browser: Safari 12.0.1
Provider: Telia Lietuva, AB
Location: - LT
Fake system scan results provided by Wedyoulife:
Text in this page:
Please download the Advanced Mac Cleaner application to remove Bankworm from your Mac.
Virus Name: Bankworm
Infected File: /os/apps/worm.icv
Application: Advanced Mac Cleaner
REMOVE VIRUS NOW
Appearance of "Wedyoulife" scam (GIF):
List of websites belonging to Wedyoulife family:
Smart Mac Booster installation setup:
Smart Mac Booster application:
Instant automatic Mac malware removal:
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- What is Wedyoulife pop-up?
- How to identify a pop-up scam?
- How do pop-up scams work?
- How to remove fake pop-ups?
- How to prevent fake pop-ups?
- What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
How to identify a pop-up scam?
Pop-up windows with various fake messages are a common type of lures cybercriminals use. They collect sensitive personal data, trick Internet users into calling fake tech support numbers, subscribe to useless online services, invest in shady cryptocurrency schemes, etc.
While in the majority of cases these pop-ups don't infect users' devices with malware, they can cause direct monetary loss or could result in identity theft.
Cybercriminals strive to create their rogue pop-up windows to look trustworthy, however, scams typically have the following characteristics:
- Spelling mistakes and non-professional images - Closely inspect the information displayed in a pop-up. Spelling mistakes and unprofessional images could be a sign of a scam.
- Sense of urgency - Countdown timer with a couple of minutes on it, asking you to enter your personal information or subscribe to some online service.
- Statements that you won something - If you haven't participated in a lottery, online competition, etc., and you see a pop-up window stating that you won.
- Computer or mobile device scan - A pop-up window that scans your device and informs of detected issues - is undoubtedly a scam; webpages cannot perform such actions.
- Exclusivity - Pop-up windows stating that only you are given secret access to a financial scheme that can quickly make you rich.
Example of a pop-up scam:
How do pop-up scams work?
Cybercriminals and deceptive marketers usually use various advertising networks, search engine poisoning techniques, and shady websites to generate traffic to their pop-ups. Users land on their online lures after clicking on fake download buttons, using a torrent website, or simply clicking on an Internet search engine result.
Based on users' location and device information, they are presented with a scam pop-up. Lures presented in such pop-ups range from get-rich-quick schemes to fake virus scans.
How to remove fake pop-ups?
In most cases, pop-up scams do not infect users' devices with malware. If you encountered a scam pop-up, simply closing it should be enough. In some cases scam, pop-ups may be hard to close; in such cases - close your Internet browser and restart it.
In extremely rare cases, you might need to reset your Internet browser. For this, use our instructions explaining how to reset Internet browser settings.
How to prevent fake pop-ups?
To prevent seeing pop-up scams, you should visit only reputable websites. Torrent, Crack, free online movie streaming, YouTube video download, and other websites of similar reputation commonly redirect Internet users to pop-up scams.
To minimize the risk of encountering pop-up scams, you should keep your Internet browsers up-to-date and use reputable anti-malware application. For this purpose, we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS.
What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?
This depends on the type of scam that you fell for. Most commonly, pop-up scams try to trick users into sending money, giving away personal information, or giving access to one's device.
- If you sent money to scammers: You should contact your financial institution and explain that you were scammed. If informed promptly, there's a chance to get your money back.
- If you gave away your personal information: You should change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication in all online services that you use. Visit Federal Trade Commission to report identity theft and get personalized recovery steps.
- If you let scammers connect to your device: You should scan your computer with reputable anti-malware (we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS) - cyber criminals could have planted trojans, keyloggers, and other malware, don't use your computer until removing possible threats.
- Help other Internet users: report Internet scams to Federal Trade Commission.