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 software is supposedly capable of playing various video files. It is mainly promoted via deceptive scam/deceptive websites (e.g. bundled into fake Flash Player updaters). Due to these dubious proliferation methods, iWebPlayer is classed as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). Note that PUAs can force-open scam web pages. Alternatively, these redirects can occur through clicked intrusive advertisements.

iWebPlayer unwanted application

All applications classified as PUAs are untrustworthy. They typically have capabilities that compromise device integrity and can even endanger user safety. Whilst they often seem legitimate and offer "useful" functions (e.g. iWebPlayer allegedly plays video media), the features promised are usually nonfunctional. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs have various dangerous capabilities. Adware-type apps deploy intrusive advertisements including pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys and others that diminish the browsing experience. These ads limit browsing speed and web site visibility (by overlaying web page content). Additionally, when clicked, they generate redirects to sale-oriented, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious web pages. Some intrusive advertisements execute scripts designed to stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Other unwanted applications redirect to similarly dubious and harmful pages. PUAs categorized as browser hijackers can modify browsers, and restrict or deny access to their settings to promote fake search engines. Fake system cleaners/optimizers are also PUAs. These require activation to perform the advertised functions (i.e., they must be purchased). Yet following activation, they remain nonoperational. PUAs commonly track data. They can record browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, PUAs can cause browser and system infiltration/infections, lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. Therefore, you are strongly advised against downloading/installing or purchasing content promoted through these dubious methods. Furthermore, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins should 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 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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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PUAs often do not seem suspicious and are advertised as providing a broad range of functions. In fact, they are generally nonoperational and their only purpose is to generate revenue at the expense of users. Examples of PUA types include adware such GlobalAdviseSearch, EngineFiles, AreaProduct; browser hijackers including Search Plus, Online TV Streamer, Directions And Maps Now; fake anti-virus tools such as MacCleansePro, Qbit Mac OptimizerMac Fixer Pro; and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Fake updaters are just one way that PUAs proliferate. They can also be packed with other products. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled applications onto devices, thereby endangering them with potential infiltration and infections. Some PUAs have "official" download web pages, which in turn are commonly promoted by deceptive/scam sites. Intrusive ads also proliferate these apps. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products to verify legitimacy, before downloading, installing or purchasing them. All downloads should be performed from official and trustworthy sources. Untrustworthy download channels such as free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and/or bundled content for download. Software must be activated and updated with tools/functions provided by genuine developers. Illegal activation ("cracking") tools and third party updaters are high-risk. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads often seem normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious pages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). If you encounter these advertisements/redirects, 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

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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.

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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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