How to stop redirects to thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best

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

How to remove software downloaded from thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best on Mac computers

What is thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best?

thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best is one of many untrustworthy websites designed by scammers who seek to deceive visitors into installing unwanted (potentially malicious) software through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Typically, websites such as thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best download a file, which is the installer of a browser hijacker, adware or other potentially unwanted application (PUA). These installers sometimes infect systems with Trojans, ransomware or other malicious software. In any case, never trust thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best or other, similar sites.

thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best scam

When visited, thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best displays a pop-up recommending that users download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. As with all sites of this type, however, they download no official software. At the time of research, thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best downloaded "AdobeFlashPlayerInstaller.dmg", a file that installs a PUA or another malicious program - a browser hijacker, adware-type app, Trojan, ransomware or other high-risk malware. Browser hijacking apps usually promote the address of a fake search engine by changing browser settings. They also gather information relating to users' browsing habits such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. Some browser hijackers record sensitive, personal details. Developers misuse the data to generate revenue, or sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Adware-type apps can gather data and display intrusive advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups). If clicked, these ads lead to untrustworthy web pages or cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Ransomware is malicious software that causes data loss by encryption. Some victims also lose their money through ransom payments. Trojans proliferate other malware (including ransomware). To avoid installation of unwanted software, never open files downloaded from websites such as thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best.

Threat Summary:
Name thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This website claims that it can be used to download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Bundlore-ED [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:Bundlore-ED [Adw]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Bundlore.DPS), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Shlayer.a), Full List (VirusTotal)
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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Install-plug-s3[.]com, managervanilla[.]pw and startnewestmostprogram[.]icu are some examples of other deceptive websites used to trick people into downloading and using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. All of these sites download files that install unwanted, potentially malicious software. They never download an official Adobe Flash Player installer. Typically, people do not visit pages such as thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best intentionally - in most cases, they are opened through other untrustworthy sites, deceptive advertisements or potentially unwanted apps installed on the browser and/or computer.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases, people download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements or by legitimately downloading or installing (usually free) software. PUAs are commonly distributed by including them into various download or installation set-ups. This distribution method is called "bundling". Typically, offers to download and/or install PUAs are hidden within settings such as "Advanced" or "Custom". Unfortunately, people often leave these settings unchanged, thus allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed through the set-ups of other, regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Software should not be downloaded from unofficial websites or using torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders and so on. The safest way to download is using direct links and official websites. Perform downloads and installations properly: check all the available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options (dismiss offers to install/download unwanted apps) and only then complete the software download/installation process. Avoid clicking ads, especially on dubious websites. They might seem legitimate, however, developers invest time and money into their design. When clicked, they can redirect people to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. If you experience unwanted redirects or intrusive ads often, they might be caused by installed adware-type or other unwanted apps. Therefore, remove all unwanted/suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) from the browser and programs of this kind from 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 initial pop-up window:

Your latest version of Flash Player is ready
We highly recommend that you download and install the latest version of Flash Player of optimal performance.
Download Flash... OK

Screenshot of a pop-up that appears next:

thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best scam pop-up with instructions

Text in this pop-up:

1

 

Go to the ‘Downloads’
Open your downloads list by
clicking on the top right corner
the ‘arrow’.

 

2

 

Open the file
Locate and double-click the file
starting with ‘Flash Player’.

 

3

 

Run the application
Confirm the installation by clicking
Continue and Install
buttons.
Type your password.

Appearance of thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best scam (GIF):

Appearance of thesafesoftwarevideoplayers[.]best scam (GIF)

Screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

fake Adobe Flash Player installed downloded from thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best

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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 thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best 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 thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best 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 thesafesoftwarevideoplayers.best 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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