Do not trust the vpncheckyou.com deceptive website

Also Known As: vpncheckyou.com pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to avoid vpncheckyou[.]com

What is vpncheckyou[.]com?

vpncheckyou[.]com is one of many deceptive websites that use scare tactics to trick people into downloading dubious software. At the time of research, this web page was designed to trick visitors into believing that their devices (iPhones) were infected with viruses. It then encourages them to download an app called Antivirus VPN App. This software might also be used to advertise other dubious apps. In any case, no software that is promoted through deceptive web pages such as vpncheckyou[.]com can be trusted.

vpncheckyou.com first page

vpncheckyou[.]com targets iPhone users. According to this deceptive site, the visitor's iPhone was hacked after visiting an adult website. It also states that it has detected 14 viruses on the device. Note that vpncheckyou[.]com encourages users to remove detected viruses within two minutes, otherwise they will delete all contacts, photos, and damage the SIM card. Visitors are instructed to remove the viruses with the Antivirus VPN App, which can be downloaded by pressing the "Install VPN app" button. According to vpncheckyou[.]com, the button supposedly opens the App Store website, however, at the time of research, it opened google.com. Neither Antivirus VPN App nor software advertised on sites such as vpncheckyou[.]com can be trusted. Most people do not visit these web pages intentionally - typically, they are redirected to them through clicked dubious advertisements, other untrustworthy pages, or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are installed on browsers.

If installed, PUAs usually record browsing data and/or display unwanted ads. They gather information relating to browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. They sometimes also record personal details/data. Furthermore, developers share the information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. PUAs often display various ads, such as coupons, banners, various pop-up ads, surveys, etc. In most cases, these conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, open untrustworthy websites or even execute scripts designed to download and/or install other unwanted apps.

Threat Summary:
Name vpncheckyou.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim According to this deceptive website, the visitor's iPhone is infected with viruses.
Detection Names Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 134.209.60.38
Promoted Unwanted Application Antivirus VPN App
Symptoms Your device 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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More examples of web pages that are similar to vpncheckyou[.]com include topoffert[.]com, safari-extension[.]com, and manualchecker[.]com. Typically, they display fake notifications relating to viruses, malware, and so on. They attempt to trick visitors into downloading and installing a dubious application, which will supposedly remove detected threats. If your browser opens websites of this kind automatically, it is very likely that a PUA is installed on the browser or operating system.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases, potentially unwanted applications are downloaded and/or installed through clicked intrusive ads or when they are included into the set-ups of other software. The latter method to distribute unwanted apps is called "bundling" - developers use it to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with regular software. Typically, information about additionally-included apps is placed in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. People who download and/or install programs without checking and changing these settings often allow various PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

No software should be downloaded or installed through untrustworthy websites, third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial web pages, or other channels of this kind. Use official websites and direct links. Check and, if necessary, change settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" available in the set-ups. Dismiss any offers to download and/or install unwanted apps and only then finish downloading and/or installing software. It is not safe to click intrusive advertisements, especially if they are displayed on unofficial, dubious pages. These ads usually lead to untrustworthy websites or download/installation of unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Finally, if there are any unwanted extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on browsers, or programs of this kind 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 in this pop-up:

vpncheckyou.com says
DANGER!

Your iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website and 14 viruses were found!
If this problem will not be resolved within two minutes, viruses will delete all of your contacts and photos and the SIM card will be damaged!

Please click the button below to get instructions for removing all viruses.

vpncheckyou[.]com encourages users to download and install VPN App:

vpncheckypi.com second page

Text in this page:

14 viruses were found
Your Apple iPhone was hacked after visiting an Adult website and 14 viruses were found! If this problem will not be resolved within two minutes, viruses will delete all of your contacts and photos, and the SIM card wll be damaged!
1 minute 57 seconds
How to remove all viruses:
Step 1: Click "Install VPN app" button below;
Step 2: You will be redirected to the AppStore;
Step 3: Install VPN app, open it and run cleaning procedure

Remove all Viruses    Install VPN app

Screenshot of another pop-up window on vpncheckyou[.]com:

vpncheckyou.com third page

Text in this pop-up:

vpncheckyou.com says

You will be directed to the AppStore now in order to install the Antivirus VPN App

After installation, start the VPN App to remove the viruses.

Screenshot of vpncheckyou[.]com pop-up scam (mobile version):

vpncheckyou[.]com scam

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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 vpncheckyou.com 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.

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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.

vpncheckyou.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove vpncheckyou.com 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 vpncheckyou.com 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 vpncheckyou.com 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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