Avoid downloading suspect content promoted by 0wnpr0m0.com

Also Known As: 0wnpr0m0.com pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove redirects to 0wnpr0m0[.]com from Mac?

What is 0wnpr0m0[.]com?

0wnpr0m0[.]com is a deceptive/scam website. Its behavior varies, as does the material it displays. In general, it promotes dubious and possibly malicious content and generates redirects to likewise dangerous sites. It has been observed redirecting to a fake software update scam page; these illegitimate updaters are commonly used to proliferate adware, browser hijackers and other PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), as well as various malicious programs (e.g. trojans, ransomware, etc.). However, software downloaded from 0wnpr0m0[.]com itself - is highly likely to be untrustworthy or malicious (for example, unwanted apps and/or malware). Deceptive websites are rarely accessed intentionally, most visitors get redirected to them by intrusive adverts or by PUAs, already infiltrated into the system.

0wnpr0m0[.]com scam

The appearance of 0wnpr0m0[.]com can be varied. Typically, visitors are presented with a blank page with a "Continue" button in the middle. However, in some variants it may display a different page, prior to the blank one. For example, stating that it is automatically checking the visitors' browser and will shortly redirect them as per their request. In this version, clicking the "Continue" button is unnecessary - users will be redirected elsewhere regardless. In other variants, once the button is clicked - 0wnpr0m0[.]com will offer visitors to download software without any preamble, in other words without any deceptive claims (e.g. that Flash Player is outdated) or other misleading advertising. As mentioned in the introduction, content downloaded from 0wnpr0m0[.]com (or from sites it redirects to) - can be nonoperational, untrustworthy and/or malicious. What is more, presence of such software on systems endangers device and user safety. Therefore, it is strongly advised against visiting 0wnpr0m0[.]com and/or downloading/installing content promoted on it or through it.

Aside from redirecting to deceptive/scam webpages like 0wnpr0m0[.]com, PUAs can also force-open untrustworthy, rogue, sale-oriented, compromised and malicious websites. However, unwanted applications can have other/additional heinous abilities. They can run intrusive advert campaigns - deliver various browsing quality-diminishing and harmful ads. When clicked on, these advertisements can redirect to dangerous pages and even execute scripts to stealthily download/install content (e.g. PUAs). Other types of PUA can hijack browsers, by modifying and restricting/denying access to their settings - in order to promote fake search engines. It is common for all types of PUAs to track data. They can monitor activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect personal information inferred form it (IP addresses, geolocations and users' personal details). This gathered data is likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, PUAs can cause various browser/system infiltrations and infections, lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. Hence, it is crucial to remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-is immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name 0wnpr0m0.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avira no cloud (Malware), CRDF (Malicious), CyRadar (Malicious), ESET (Malware), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 78.140.165.14
Promoted Unwanted Application Site promotes a variety of dubious content.
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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The Internet is rife with deceptive sites. Through the use of social engineering and scare-tactics - they attempt to push visitors into performing specific actions. Popular scam models include: alerts that a piece of software is outdated/missing (e.g. bestevervideoplayers.infotherightwaytofindplayering.pro, etc.), the device is infected and/or at risk (e.g. "Mac OS X is infected (4) by viruses", "Your OSX 10.11 El Capitan Is Infected With 3 Viruses!", etc.), prize giveaways and/or random awards (e.g. "You've Made The 5-billionth Search", "Dear Browser User", etc.), unbelievable offers (e.g. "Get the new iPhone 11 Pro", "Randomly selected to test the new iPhone", etc.) and many others. The sole purpose of these online schemes is to generate revenue for their designers. This can be done by tricking users into downloading/installing and/or purchasing nonfunctional, untrustworthy or malicious content; calling fake and expensive technical support services; revealing personal information (e.g. banking account or credit card details, etc.); making monetary transactions (e.g. fake fees and other bogus payments); and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded from "official" promotional pages, where they are often endorsed as "useful" and "free". Such websites are frequently promoted by deceptive/scam ones. However, they can also be downloaded/installed alongside other products. This false marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary content with unwanted or malicious software - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users endanger their systems with potential infiltrations and infections, originating from bundled applications. Intrusive advertisements spread these apps as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts, designed to download/install PUAs without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All products should be researched to verify their legitimacy, before download/installation and/or purchase. It is recommended to only use official and verified download channels. Since, untrustworthy sources like: free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Software should be updated with tools/functions, provided by genuine developers. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive adverts usually appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, users should check the system and remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it 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.

Appearance of 0wnpr0m0[.]com scam (GIF):

0wnpr0m0[.]com scam appearance (gif)

Appearance of 0wnpr0m0[.]com redirecting to a fake Flash update scam site (GIF):

0wnpr0m0[.]com redirecting to another scam website (gif)

Screenshot of the dubious content installation setup, promoted by 0wnpr0m0[.]com:

0wnpr0m0[.]com scam pormoted dubious installer

Instant automatic removal of 0wnpr0m0.com 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 0wnpr0m0.com 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 0wnpr0m0.com 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.

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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.

0wnpr0m0.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove 0wnpr0m0.com 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 0wnpr0m0.com 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 0wnpr0m0.com 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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