Do not trust vpncheckyou.com deceptive website

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

How to avoid ending up on vpncheckyou[.]com?

What is vpncheckyou[.]com?

Vpncheckyou[.]com is one of the many deceptive websites that use scare-tactics to trick people into downloading questionable software. At the time of the research this page was designed to trick a visitor into believing that his device (iPhone) is infected with viruses and downloading an app called Antivirus VPN App. It might be used to advertise other questionable apps too. Either way, no software that is being promoted through deceptive pages like vpncheckyou[.]com can be trusted.

vpncheckyou.com first page

Vpncheckyou[.]com is a page that targets iPhone users. According to this deceptive page, visitor's iPhone was hacked after visiting some adult website, also, it says that it has detected 14 viruses on a device. Vpncheckyou[.]com encourages to remove detected viruses within two minutes, otherwise they will delete all contacts, photos and damage the SIM card. Visitor is instructed to remove those viruses with the Antivirus VPN App which supposed to be downloaded by pressing the "Install VPN app" button. According to vpncheckyou[.]com, that button supposed to open App Store website. However, at the time of the research it opened google.com. As we mentioned in the introduction, neither Antivirus VPN App or any software that is advertised on pages like vpncheckyou[.]com can be trusted. It is worth mentioning that most people do not visit such pages on purpose. Typically, they get redirected to them through some clicked shady advertisements, other untrustworthy pages or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are installed on browsers.

PUAs, if installed, usually record browsing data and/or display unwanted ads too. They gather information related to user's browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. However, sometimes PUAs record personal details/data as well. What is worse, their developers usually share all collected information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Quite often PUAs are designed to display various ads, like coupons, banners, various pop-up ads, surveys, etc. In most cases they conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, they 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, its 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.
Removal

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More examples of pages that are quite similar to vpncheckyou[.]com are topoffert[.]com, safari-extension[.]com and manualchecker[.]com. Typically, they are designed to display fake notifications related to some viruses, malware and so on, and to trick visitors into downloading, and installing some questionable application that supposed to remove detected threats. If a browser opens websites of this kind by itself, then it is very likely that some PUA is installed on it, or operating system.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases potentially unwanted applications get downloaded and/or installed through clicked intrusive or when they are included in setups of other software. The second method to distribute unwanted apps is called "bundling", developers use it to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with other software. Typically, information about additionally included apps is placed in settings of setups like "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. People who download and/or install programs without checking (and changing) any of those settings often allow for various PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed as well.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

No software should be downloaded (or installed) through various untrustworthy websites, third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks)m unofficial web pages and other channels of this kind. It should be done by using official websites and direct links. Also, settings like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" that are (if are) available in setups should not be left unchecked and unchanged, if necessary. In other words, we recommend to check those settings, dismiss offers to download and/or install unwanted apps and only then finish downloading and/or installing software. Furthermore, 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 downloads, installations of unwanted, potentially malicious applications. And finally, if there are any unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a browser or programs of this kind on a computer, then they should be uninstalled as soon as possible. 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 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

Instant automatic removal of vpncheckyou.com 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 vpncheckyou.com pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact 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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