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Remove apps that cause "Install.app wants access to control" pop-ups

Also Known As: "Install.app wants access to control" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is "Install.app wants access to control"?

"Install.app wants access to control" is text from a fake system notification. This appears on MacOS operating systems that have potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed. Note that Install.app is a PUA and should not be allowed to control Safari (Safari.app) or other apps, perform actions within the browser or access documents or other data within it.

Install.app wants access to control scam

These fake system pop-ups commonly appear due to adware or other PUAs that are installed on the operating system. Research shows that this particular unwanted app (Install.app) is installed through a fake Adobe Flash Player. Once installed, it displays pop-up windows asking permission to control apps such as Google Chrome.app, Safari.app and System Events.app.

It might also demand permission to control other apps. Install.app asks permission to access documents in those apps and perform actions within them.

Giving PUAs permission to control various apps and access data might cause changes to be made to settings, plus redirects to various untrusted or even malicious web pages, problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and other issues.

If you encounter these, or similar pop-up windows, remove all adware and PUAs that are installed on the operating system and browser immediately.

It is likely that these fake system pop-ups appear due to installed adware, which usually displays various advertisements as well. Some examples of ads that adware-type apps display include coupons, banners, surveys and pop-up ads.

People who click these ads arrive at dubious, untrusted websites, or allow them to execute scripts that cause download/installation of unwanted apps. Adware can also collect various user-system information. For example, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and other browsing data.

Some adware-type apps target sensitive, personal information as well. Adware developers sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name "Install.app wants access to control" virus
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (Adobe Flash Player.dmg) Avast (MacOS:Bundlore-EA [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:Bundlore-EA [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Mac.Bundlore.775), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Bnodlero.ah), 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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"Osascript wants to control Safari" is an example of a virtually identical pop-up, which appears due to installed PUAs. As mentioned, a pop-up with the "Install.app wants access to control" text appears due to PUAs that are installed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer, however, these apps are also installed in other ways.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Developers distribute PUAs by including them into the download/installation set-ups of other software.

In most cases, offers to download/install potentially unwanted apps are listed in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings, however, many people fail to check and change them, thus allowing included PUAs to be downloaded and installed together with other, required software by default.

PUAs can also be installed through deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts, however, this happens only when people click the ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not download programs or files through unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule,) third party downloaders or other similar channels. Do not install software through third party installers. The only safe way to download software is using official websites and direct links.

Check all download and installation settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced", and dismiss offers to download or install additional, unwanted software. Do not click advertisements that appear on dubious web pages - they can open other rogue websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations.

Remove any unknown, suspicious or unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on the browser immediately. Also remove software of this kind that is 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 a pop-up window:

"Install.app" wants access to control
"Safari.app". Allowing control will provide
access to documents and data in
"Safari.app", and to perform actions within
that app.

Don't Allow  OK

Example of another pop-up:

install app wants access to control scam pop-up example

Text in this pop-up:

"Install.app" wants access to control
"System Events.app". Allowing control will
provide access to documents and data in
"System Events.app", and to perform
actions within that app.

Don't Allow  OK

One more example:

install app wants access to control scam pop-up example

Text in this pop-up;

"Install.app" wants access to control
"Google Chrome.app". Allowing control will
provide access to documents and data in
"Google Chrome.app", and to perform
actions within that app.

Don't Allow  OK

Example of a deceptive website designed to promote a fake Adobe Flash Player installer (GIF):

example of a scam website used to promote fake flash player installers

Screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

fake adobe flash player installer

Another screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

fake adobe flash player installer

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to terminate "Install.app Wants Access To Control" pop-ups using Combo Cleaner:

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 adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

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

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

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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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