How to avoid redirects to deceptive web pages that are a part of the Funnytues family

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

How to remove Funnytues from Mac computers

What is Funnytues?

Funnytues is the name of a family of websites that promote dubious applications. They display fake notifications stating that the visitor's computer is infected with viruses. To remove 'detected' viruses, visitors are encouraged to download a dubious app. In this particular case, the advertised app is Smart Mac Booster, which is categorized as potentially unwanted app (PUA), since people download and install it unintentionally, or they are tricked by websites that belong to the Funnytues family (or other similar web pages). Do not download or install applications that are distributed through deceptive websites. If a browser opens these sites automatically, a PUA is likely to be already installed on it.

Funnytues scam

When opened, the Funnytues website displays a pop-up window, which notifies visitors that their Mac computers are infected with a virus that was installed through another web page supposedly visited earlier that day. Once this pop-up is closed, this deceptive site displays a table, which contains information about the visitor's device, such as operating system, browser and version, IP address, internet service provider, and location. It encourages users to perform a full scan and remove harmful files, supposedly by clicking the "Scan Now" button. Once the button is clicked, this web page starts a fake scanning process, which detects a virus called "Bankworm". It suggests removal of this virus by clicking the "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" button. This leads to download of the "maccleaner.pkg" file, which, at the time of research, was designed to install Smart Mac Booster. In fact, Funnytues websites and "maccleaner.pkg" can also be used to distribute other unwanted apps. For example, Qbit Mac Optimizer, Qbit Mac Cleaner, and K9-MacOptimizer. In any case, we advise against downloading or installing software that is advertised on Funnytues web pages and other similar, deceptive websites.

Browsers commonly open untrustworthy, deceptive websites when PUAs are installed on them. In addition to causing redirects to dubious web pages, these apps often feed users with ads and gather information. For example, they display pop-up ads, banners, surveys, coupons, and so on. If clicked, these open dubious websites or execute scripts that download or install potentially unwanted or malicious apps. Collected data usually includes users' IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, and so on. PUAs can also track sensitive information. The people behind these apps send the data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.

Threat Summary:
Name Funnytues pop-up
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim Funnytues web pages claim that computers are infected with viruses that must be removed immediately.
Detection Names (prize7477.funnytues104[.]live) 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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Funnytues websites are similar to others that are part of Funnymonday, Fridaylifeis, Wedyoulife, and other families of deceptive sites. Generally, they are used to trick people into downloading and installing dubious applications, which supposedly remove fake viruses. No software that is advertised through these pages can be trusted. Typically, these websites are opened when people click dubious ads or when they have PUAs installed on their browsers.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most users download and install PUAs inadvertently when they click intrusive advertisements or software developers trick them using the "bundling" method. "Bundling" is a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with regular software. Developers include PUAs in download/installation set-ups and hide offers to download or install these additional apps in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings. When people leave these settings unchanged, they allow PUAs to be downloaded and installed with regular software by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software and files only from official, trustworthy websites. Do not use third party downloaders or installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, unofficial, dubious websites, and so on. If a software setup contains settings such as "Advanced" or "Custom", check these carefully and deselect offers to download and install additional, unwanted software. If clicked, many intrusive advertisements redirect people to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Typically, these ads are displayed on dubious pages including, for example, those relating to adult dating, pornography, gambling, and so on. Check for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser and programs on the computer. Remove them immediately. 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 of a Funnytues web page:

VIRUS FOUND

A website you visited today has infected your Mac with a virus.

Press OK to begin the repair process.

Screenshot of a second Funnytues web page:

funnytues second page

Text 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

Screenshot of a third Funnytues web page:

funnytues third page

Text 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 Funnytues scam (GIF):

funnytues appearance in GIF

List of websites related to the Funnytues family:

funnytues10[.]live funnytues31[.]live funnytues7[.]live
funnytues102[.]live funnytues46[.]live funnytues78[.]live
funnytues104[.]live funnytues47[.]live funnytues8[.]live
funnytues113[.]live funnytues54[.]live funnytues83[.]live
funnytues114[.]live funnytues56[.]live funnytues85[.]live
funnytues118[.]live funnytues59[.]live funnytues87[.]live
funnytues16[.]live funnytues6[.]live funnytues91[.]live
funnytues21[.]live funnytues61[.]live funnytues93[.]live
funnytues24[.]live funnytues62[.]live funnytues97[.]live
funnytues27[.]live funnytues64[.]live funnytues98[.]live
funnytues30[.]live funnytues66[.]live funnytues99[.]live

Installer of Smart Mac Booster:

Smart Mac Booster app installer

Smart Mac Booster app:

Smart Mac Booster application

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove unwanted applications promoted via Funnytues 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 funnytues 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.

Funnytues pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove funnytues 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 funnytues 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 funnytues 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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