What is Nonamebnm?
Nonamebnm is a family of deceptive, scam websites that are designed to advertise various rogue applications. At the time of research, Nonamebnm promoted the Smart Mac Booster app. These sites display fake notifications stating that visitors' computers are infected with a virus and encouraging them to remove it using one of the advertised apps.
We advise against downloading or installing software that is distributed through Nonamebnm or other deceptive web pages.
Nonamebnm websites first display a pop-up with a notification stating that a website that was visited earlier has infected the Mac with a virus. After closing the pop-up, visitors are encouraged to scan their systems by clicking the "Scan Now" button. Nonamebnm web pages launch a fake scanner, which detects a high-risk virus called "Bankworm".
They offer removal of this virus with the Advanced Mac Cleaner app. In fact, the "REMOVE VIRUS NOW" button is designed to download the "maccleaner.pkg" file, which usually installs another rogue app (as mentioned, at time of the research, this app was Smart Mac Booster).
Examples of other apps that are distributed through the "maccleaner.pkg" setup file are Mac Cleanup Pro, MacKeeper, and Mac Auto Fixer. In any case, no apps promoted through Nonamebnm or other deceptive websites can be trusted.
Browsers usually open deceptive, dubious websites due to installed PUAs. These apps force users to visit untrustworthy websites, feed them with unwanted, intrusive ads, and collect user information. Typically, they serve ads that conceal underlying content of visited sites.
If clicked, they redirect people to dubious websites or execute scripts that download and/or install unwanted software. Some examples of ads displayed by PUAs include banners, coupons, surveys and pop-up ads. Furthermore, most PUAs collect information relating to users' browsing habits.
For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, IP addresses, etc. They can also record personal details. Developers and third parties misuse the data to generate revenue. These third parties might include cyber criminals.
Therefore, people who have PUAs installed on their browsers or operating systems risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, etc. For these reasons, we recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.|
|Fake Claim||These web pages claim that the visitor's Mac is infected with a virus.|
|Detection Names (game3752.nonamebnm61[.]live)||Spamhaus (Spam), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (game3752.nonamebnm61[.]live)||126.96.36.199|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your Mac with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More examples of families of deceptive, scam pages include Smmhck, Chksumm, and Trksmm. They might be used to trick visitors into downloading and installing different apps, however, none are trustworthy. The same applies to PUAs, which are often responsible for causing redirects to dubious websites. Note that most people download and install PUAs inadvertently.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In most cases, PUAs are distributed through deceptive ads or via the download/installation set-ups of other programs. If clicked, many ads execute scripts designed to download or install unwanted software. Developers often include unwanted apps into the set-ups of other (usually free) software.
They hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the set-ups and hope that people will fail to check or change them. Downloading and installing software without checking the settings often grants permission for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed with regular software by default.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Do not download software from unofficial websites, using Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, or any other similar channels. No software should be installed using third party installers. The safest way to download programs is using official websites and direct download links.
Note that download and installation setups often include settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" - check them when downloading and/or installing any software, especially if it is free. Dismiss any settings containing offers to download or install unwanted software. Avoid clicking ads, especially if they are shown on dubious web pages.
Typically, the ads lead to other untrustworthy, deceptive websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Check for PUAs (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) installed on the browser and remove them. Also remove programs of this kind 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.
Text in Nonamebnm pop-up windows:
A website you visited today has infected your Mac with a virus.
Press OK to begin the repair process.
Screenshot of Nonamebnm web page encouraging visitors to scan their systems:
Text in this 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
Screenshot of Nonamebnm page encouraging visitors to download a dubious app:
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 Nonamebnm scam (GIF):
List of domains relating to the Nonamebnm website family:
Installer of the Smart Mac Booster app:
Smart Mac Booster app:
Instant automatic Mac malware removal:
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- What is Nonamebnm 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.