Remove 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 computers

What is managervanilla[.]pw?

managervanilla[.]pw is a deceptive website that offers to update Adobe Flash Player. In fact, it downloads the installer of a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called MediaDownloader. Typically, websites such as managervanilla[.]pw have no legal association with Adobe Flash Player and are simply used to trick people into installing browser hijackers, adware and other PUAs. In some cases, they are used to proliferate malicious software including Trojans and ransomware. Therefore, never trust managervanilla[.]pw or other similar websites.

managervanilla[.]pw scam

When visited, managervanilla[.]pw displays pop-up windows suggesting that a version of Adobe Flash Player that is installed on the computer might be out of date, blocked, and not include the latest security updates. At the time of research, a file downloaded from managervanilla[.]pw was named "Adobe Flash Player.zip". This contained another file named "Adobe Flash Player 2.dmg", the installer of MediaDownloader. Typically, files that can be downloaded from websites such as managervanilla[.]pw install PUAs that promote fake search engines by changing browser settings. They also gather browsing data and/or display dubious advertisements. Having apps of this type installed on the browser and/or computer can lead to problems with browsing safety, privacy, and people might become victims of identity theft. As mentioned, web pages such as managervanilla[.]pw can be used to trick people into infecting operating systems with malware (including ransomware), Trojans or other software of this kind. These programs can cause 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 sites such as managervanilla[.]pw. If this type of software is already downloaded/installed, remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name managervanilla.pw pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This web page suggests that Adobe Flash Player might be out of date.
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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Websites such as managervanilla[.]pw are commonly opened through deceptive ads, other untrustworthy websites, or PUAs already installed on browsers and/or operating systems. Typically, people do not visit pages such as managervanilla[.]pw or download/install PUAs intentionally. Other examples of web pages employed to deceive visitors into using fake Adobe Flash Player installers include 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 download/installation of other (mainly free) software. The latter situation happens when developers distribute PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They include unwanted apps into the download/installation set-ups of various software and present them as additional offers. These offers can usually be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the set-ups. PUAs infiltrate when people download/install programs without checking or changing the settings. Unwanted downloads and installations also occur through clicking ads, which then execute scripts designed to infiltrate rogue programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

All software should be downloaded from official websites and through direct download links. Avoid other download/installation tools such as third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, or Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule). These are often used to distribute unwanted software. Note that download/installation set-ups generally contain settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", which mention additional software offers. Check these settings and dismiss offers to download or install additional (unwanted) software. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious pages. Typically, these redirect people to other dubious pages or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Remove any unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins from the browser, and 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 managervanilla[.]pw pop-ups:

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

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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.

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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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