Prevent getting scammed by Funnymonday websites

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

How to remove "Funnymonday" from Mac?

What is "Funnymonday"?

Funnymonday is a family of websites, which operate by endorsing untrustworthy applications. This variant promotes Smart Mac Booster, which is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). By using scare-tactics Funnymonday pushes users into downloading/installing the software it advertises. Visitors are alerted about fake threats/issues the site has detected and offered Smart Mac Booster, as an app capable of eliminating the imaginary problems. Users should note that no website can detect such. It is strongly advised against downloading/installing any applications that Funnymonday promotes. These apps are likely to be inauthentic and nonfunctional. Frequently, webpages like Funnymonday are opened by PUAs, already present on the system.

Funnymonday scam

Once accessed, Funnymonday displays a pop-window. The text presented in this window states that a website visited on this day has infected user's Mac Operating System with a virus. They are urged to click "OK" to begin the repair process. After this window is closed, Funnymonday shows a different page, which urges visitors to perform a full system scan in order to find and remove harmful files/applications from their MacOS. To further the impression of legitimacy it lists the user's device details, such as brand, OS version, browser, IP address, Internet provider and location. Clicking the "Scan Now" button, initiates a fake scan, which results in the detection of a virus called "Bankworm". Funnymonday additionally provides the title of the allegedly infected file and suggests Advanced Mac Cleaner for its removal. Following this suggestion redirects users to the promotional website of Smart Mac Booster. Attempts to download this app, result in the download of the maccleaner.pkg file. This exact file is used to spread PUAs. There are many dozens of fake Mac cleaners and optimizers out there, which bear many similarities to Smart Mac Booster, e.g. K9-MacOptimizer, Qbit Mac Optimizer, Qbit Mac Cleaner. Commonly, this fraudulent software requires activation. However, despite being purchased they usually remain nonoperational (i.e. the abilities/functions they advertise do not work).

In general, PUAs are quite similar. These apps are designed to look legitimate and lure users into installation by offering "useful" and "beneficial" functions/features. Rarely do these features work as advertised and often they are outright nonoperational. The only purpose of all unwanted content is to generate revenue for its developers; to users it has no real value. There are several types of PUAs. Browser hijackers are applications that overtake browsers and promote fake search engines. Adware is a type that delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.). These applications can also cause rogue redirects to sale-based, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and even malicious sites. Some PUAs have data tracking abilities, which they employ to spy on users' browsing habits. By monitoring browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) they collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and personal details). This gathered data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. In summary, PUAs can cause various browser/system infiltrations and infections, as well as lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Funnymonday pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim The fake error message claims that system is infected and encourages users to immediately download a system cleaning tool.
Detection Names BitDefender (Malware), Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 176.119.1.201
Related Domains Full list below.
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.
Removal

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The Internet is rife with scam websites. Nearly all webpages of this type share certain traits, e.g. FridaylifeisWedyoulifeMon-thu are similar to Funnymonday. They operate by promoting products, typically by using a variety of scare-tactics. In other words, they show alerts/alarms of detected viruses, malware, unwanted apps and other threats/issues. Most users access such sites via redirects generated by intrusive ads or by PUAs.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs have "official" download websites (e.g. Smart Mac Booster). However, they also proliferate through download/install setups of other software. This false marketing tactic of pre-packing regular content with PUAs is called "bundling". By rushing though download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps, etc.) - users endanger devices with potential infiltrations and infections. Once clicked, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to download/install unwanted applications, without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research desired content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download sources should be used. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar channels are considered to be untrustworthy, therefore are advised against use. Download/Installation processes should be approached with caution. That includes reading terms, studying all available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings and declining to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. Usually, intrusive advertisements appear legitimate and innocuous, however they redirect to questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). Should users experience ads/redirects of this type, they are strongly advised to inspect the device and remove all suspect applications 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 presented in the pop-up window:

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 page of Funnymonday:

Funnymonday second page

Text presented in this 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_13_6 device.
DEVICE INFORMATION
Brand: Apple
Device: Mac OS X 10_13_6
Browser: Safari 12.0.1
IP: 85.206.10.62
Provider: Telia Lietuva, AB
Location: - LT
Scan Now

Results of the fake scan performed by Funnymonday:

Funnymonday fake scan

Text presented in this 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 "Funnymonday" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Funnymonday scam (GIF)

List of domains relating to Funnymonday scam family:

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Installation setup of Smart Mac Booster:

Smart Mac Booster installer

Screenshot of Smart Mac Booster application:

Smart Mac Booster app

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

Video showing how to remove unwanted applications promoted via Funnymonday scam websites 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 funnymonday 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.

Funnymonday pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove funnymonday 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 funnymonday 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 funnymonday 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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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.

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