Do not download software from securedconection.com

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

How to avoid being redirected to securedconection[.]com

What is securedconection[.]com?

securedconection[.]com is the address of a deceptive website that targets people who use iPhones. It display a fake virus notification and trick visitors into installing software that supposedly removes 'detected' viruses. At the time of research, securedconection[.]com urged users to download and install Antivirus VPN App. Note that securedconection[.]com and other websites of this type should never be trusted - the same applies to software that is advertised on or through them.

securedconection[.]com scam

Once opened, securedconection[.]com displays a pop-up window stating that the visitor's iPhone was hacked through an adult website and is infected with 14 viruses. It urges them to solve this problem (remove viruses) within two minutes, otherwise detected viruses will damage the SIM card, and delete all photos and contacts. Note that securedconection[.]com encourages people to remove all viruses with the Antivirus VPN App, which can be downloaded by clicking the "Install VPN app" button in the window displayed after closing the first pop-up. At the time of  research, however, the button opened another pop-up window stating that it opens the App Store website. In fact, it opened google.com. Note that securedconection[.]com might also be used to promote other apps. Neither websites such as securedconection[.]com nor apps that are promoted through them can be trusted.

Sites such as securedconection[.]com are often opened by browsers when potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are installed on them. Apps of this type force browsers to open untrustworthy sites and gather information relating to users' browsing habits, and display advertisements. In most cases, PUAs collect details such as IP addresses, URLs of visited sited, entered search queries, geolocations, and so on. Some PUAs also record personal information. Developers share the information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. The data might also be shared with cyber criminals. PUAs often display pop-up ads, coupons, banners, surveys and other unwanted content/advertisements. If clicked, these redirect people to dubious, deceptive websites or execute scripts that download and/or install unwanted apps.

Threat Summary:
Name securedconection.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This web page states that the visitor's device (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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Some examples of other pages that are designed to advertise software in a deceptive way are safebrowsing[.]network, manualchecker[.]com, and bestantius[.]com. Generally, websites of this type inform visitors that their devices are infected with viruses and encourage them to remove them with specific software. Do not download any apps promoted on these web pages.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most PUAs are distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps with regular software by including them in the download and/or installation set-ups. Typically, these additional PUAs are presented as useful offers. In most cases, these offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the set-ups. People who download and install programs without checking these settings often allow unwanted apps to be downloaded and/or installed through the setups of other, regular software. Additionally, PUAs are sometimes downloaded and/or installed through deceptive ads that cause unwanted downloads/installations by running certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official/trustworthy sources (websites) and use download direct links. Do not download or install using third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), untrustworthy pages, and so on. If download or installation setup includes additional, unwanted software then it should be deselected through settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced". Furthermore, intrusive advertisements should not be trusted, especially if they are shown on dubious pages. Typically, they lead to untrustworthy websites. In some cases, they might cause download/installation of potentially malicious software. If your browser opens dubious pages automatically or ads appear on visited websites, it is likely that this is caused by an installed PUA. Remove all unwanted, unknown apps (extensions, plug-ins, pop-ups) that are installed on the browser. The same applies to programs of this kind that are 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 the first securedconection[.]com pop-up window:

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 wll be damaged!

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

 securedconection[.]com urges people to remove viruses by installing Antivirus VPN App:

securedconection.com encourages to install antivirus vpn app

Text in this window:

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 58 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 a second pop-up window:

securedconection.com after clicking install button

Text in this pop-up:

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.

Mobile version of the securedconection[.]com deceptive page:

securedconection.com mobile website version

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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 securedconection.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.

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.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

securedconection.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove securedconection.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 securedconection.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 securedconection.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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