Get rid of apps downloaded from managervanilla.pw

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

How to remove apps that open managervanilla[.]pw on Mac?

What is managervanilla[.]pw?

Managervanilla[.]pw is a deceptive website that offers to update Adobe Flash Player. However, it is designed to download an installer of some potentially unwanted application (PUA) called MediaDownloader. Typically, websites like managervanilla[.]pw have nothing to do with the actual Adobe Flash Player and are designed to trick people into installing browser hijackers, adware and other PUAs. In some cases they are used to proliferate malicious software like Trojans, ransomware, as well. Either way, managervanilla[.]pw and other similar websites should never be trusted.

managervanilla[.]pw scam

When visited, managervanilla[.]pw displays pop-up windows suggesting that a version of Adobe Flash Player that is installed on visitor's computer may be out of date, blocked and not include the latest security updates. At the time of the research a file downloaded from managervanilla[.]pw was named "Adobe Flash Player.zip" which contained another file named "Adobe Flash Player 2.dmg", an installer of MediaDownloader. Typically, files that can be downloaded from websites like managervanilla[.]pw are designed to install potentially unwanted apps that are designed to promote fake search engines by changing browser's settings, gather browsing data and/or display shady advertisements. Having apps of this type on a browser and/or computer installed may cause problems with browsing safety, privacy, lead to becoming a victim of identity theft, and so on. As we mentioned in the introduction, pages like managervanilla[.]pw may be used to trick people into infecting operating systems with malware like ransomware, Trojans, or other software of this kind as well. Programs of this type usually lead to data, financial loss, installation of other malicious software, and other serious issues. Adobe Flash Player and other legitimate software should be downloaded only from official websites and not through pages such as managervanilla[.]pw. If some software that was downloaded from websites is already installed, then it should be removed/uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name managervanilla.pw pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim This page suggests that Adobe Flash Player may be out od fate.
Detection Names (Adobe Flash Player.zip) Avast (MacOS:Agent-FJ [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:Agent-FJ [Adw]), Ikarus (Trojan.MAC.Generic), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Bnodlero.ah), Full List (VirusTotal)
Promoted Unwanted Application MediaDownloader
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.
Removal

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It is common for websites like managervanilla[.]pw to be opened through deceptive ads, other untrustworthy websites or PUAs that are already installed on browsers and/or operating systems. Typically, people do not visit pages like managervanilla[.]pw and/or download and install PUAs willingly, intentionally. More examples of pages that are designed to deceive visitors into using fake installers of Adobe Flash Player are fineplayerreliablenew[.]best, yourultimatesafevideoplayers[.]info and theworldofcontents[.]info.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, people download and/or install PUAs through deceptive advertisements that they have intentionally or accidentally clicked, or during downloads and/or installations of other, mainly free software. In the second case it happens when developers distribute PUAs by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Simply said, they include unwanted apps in download and/or installation setups of various software and present them as additional offers. Those offers usually can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups. PUAs are allowed to be downloaded and/or installed when people download and install programs without checking and changing those settings. Unwanted downloads and installations through clicked ads happen when those ads execute scripts designed to cause it.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All software should be downloaded from official websites (and through direct download links). Any other download and installation tools like third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule) should not be used. It is quite common for tools of this type to be used to distribute unwanted software. Furthermore, download and installation setups often contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced" that mention additional downloads and/or installations. Therefore, such settings should be always checked and offers to download and/or install additional (unwanted) software dismissed. It is not recommended to click ads that are displayed on questionable pages as well. Typically, those ads redirect people to shady pages or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there are any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins on a browser or programs of this kind on the operating system already installed, then they should be uninstalled 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 pop-ups of managervanilla[.]pw:

Latest version of Flash Player is recommended to encode and/or decode (play) audio files in high quality - click here to update for latest version.

Software update

"Adobe Flash Player" May be out of date

The version of "Adobe Flash Player" on your system may not include the latest flash update and may be blocked. If you use the updated version of ìAdobe Flash Playerî, it might be needed to complete this action.

LaterUpdateOK

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Appearance of managervanilla[.]pw scam (GIF):

Appearance of managervanilla[.]pw scam (GIF)

Screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

fake Adobe Flash Player downloaded from managervanilla.pw

Another screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

fake Adobe Flash Player downloaded from managervanilla.pw

Instant automatic removal of managervanilla.pw 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 managervanilla.pw 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 managervanilla.pw 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.

managervanilla.pw pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove managervanilla.pw 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 managervanilla.pw 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 managervanilla.pw 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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