How to uninstall iWebPlayer?

Also Known As: iWebPlayer potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove iWebPlayer from Mac?

What is iWebPlayer?

iWebPlayer is a piece of software, supposedly capable of playing various video files. It is primarily promoted via deceptive scam/deceptive websites (e.g. bundled into fake Flash Player updaters). Due to such dubious proliferation methods, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Users should note that PUAs can force-open scam pages, alternatively redirects to such can occur through clicked intrusive advertisements.

iWebPlayer unwanted application

All applications classified as PUAs are highly untrustworthy. They typically have abilities, which compromise device integrity and can even endanger user safety. While they often appear legitimate and offer "useful" functions (e.g. iWebPlayer allegedly plays video media), the promised features are usually nonfunctional. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs have varied heinous abilities. Adware-type apps run intrusive advertisements. In other words, they deliver pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys and other browsing quality-diminishing ads. These adverts limit browsing speed and site visibility (by overlaying page content). Additionally, when clicked - they generate redirects to sale-oriented, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious webpages. Some intrusive advertisements can execute scripts, designed to stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Other types of unwanted applications redirect to similarly unreliable and harmful pages. PUAs categorized as browser hijackers can modify browsers, restrict or deny access to their settings in order to promote fake search engines. Fake system cleaners/optimizers are also deemed to be PUAs. These apps require activation to perform the advertised functions (i.e. they need to be purchased to wok), yet following activation - they remain nonoperational. It is not uncommon for all types of PUAs to be able to track data. They can record browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life details). This sensitive data is then likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, PUAs can cause a variety of browser and system infiltrations/infections, lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly advised to never download/install and/or purchase content promoted through questionable methods. Furthermore, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name iWebPlayer potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus
Supposed Functionality It can supposedly plays various video files.
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

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PUAs do not appear suspicious and they are advertised as software with a broad range of functions. However, they are nonoperational as functionality is irrelevant, when the only goal is to generate revenue at the expense of users. Examples of PUA types include: adware - GlobalAdviseSearch, EngineFiles, AreaProduct; browser hijackers Search Plus, Online TV Streamer, Directions And Maps Now; fake anti-virus tools MacCleansePro, Qbit Mac OptimizerMac Fixer Pro; and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Fake updaters are but one way that PUAs spread. They can also be packed together with other products. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used pre-set options, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled applications onto devices, thereby endangering them with potential infiltrations and infections. Some PUAs have "official" download webpages, which in turn are commonly promoted by deceptive/scam sites. Intrusive adverts proliferate such apps as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research products to verify their legitimacy, before downloading/installing and/or purchasing them. All downloads should be done from official and trustworthy sources. Untrustworthy download channels like: free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content for downloading. Software must be activated and updated with tools/functions provided by genuine developers, as illegal activation ("cracking") tools and third party updaters are considered to be high-risk. Download and installation processes should be treated with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable pages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). In case of encounters with advertisements/redirects of this kind, users are to inspect the system and remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

iWebPlayer unwanted application promoted via fineplaceupgradefree[.]info scam website (GIF):

iWebPlayer unwanted application promoted by scam site gif

iWebPlayer installation setup:

iWebPlayer installation setup

Instant automatic removal of iWebPlayer potentially unwanted application: 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 iWebPlayer potentially unwanted application. 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 iwebplayer potentially unwanted application 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.

iWebPlayer potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove iwebplayer potentially unwanted application 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 iwebplayer potentially unwanted application 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 iwebplayer potentially unwanted application 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

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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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