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How to remove apps that open tdsshark.xyz and similar web pages

Also Known As: tdsshark.xyz pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is tdsshark[.]xyz?

rdsshark.xyz is one of many deceptive websites used to deceive visitors into downloading and installing various applications. Generally, these web pages promote potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), however, it is possible that they will also promote legitimate apps.

In any case, websites tdsshark.xyz should never be trusted. They are opened through deceptive advertisements, dubious websites, or by PUAs already installed on the system/browser. Therefore, most users do not visit sites such as tdsshark.xyz intentionally.

tdsshark[.]xyz scam

When visited, tdsshark.xyz displays a fake operating system window suggesting that visitors could lose photos, contacts and other personal files due to an unsecure internet connection. Visitors are encouraged to download and install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) application, which will supposedly protect their data.

Websites such as tdsshark.xyz can never be trusted and, therefore, no software should be downloaded from them (directly or otherwise). It is possible that these sites will attempt to deceive visitors into infecting their computers with malware. The safest way to download files and programs is using official pages and direct links.

If web pages such as tdsshark.xyz are opened automatically, an installed PUA might be causing the problem. Note that none of the official Apple websites have anything to do with this deceptive page, or others like it.

PUAs commonly feed users with coupons, surveys, banners, pop-ups and other forms of advertisements. These ads commonly open various untrusted pages or cause download/installation of unwanted, potentially malicious software by executing certain scripts.

Many PUAs track information: they collect browsing data such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and other details of this kind. In some cases, PUAs record confidential details as well. Developers sell gathered information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.

These applications can cause problems relating to privacy and browsing safety, and some users might even become victims of identity theft. Therefore, remove all PUAs from your system immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name tdsshark.xyz pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This web page suggests that the visitor's internet connection might be unsecured.
Detection Names CRDF (Malicious), CyRadar (Malicious), G-Data (Malware), Segasec (Phishing), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 139.59.138.180
Promoted Unwanted Application IOS VPN profile
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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Some examples of pages similar to tdsshark.xyz include bekapro[.]xyz, protected-connection[.]com and apl-def[.]com. Most attempt to trick visitors into believing that their devices are infected with viruses or exposed to various risks. They then urge them to install dubious software. Never trust these rogue websites.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Various potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) are usually installed through the set-ups of other software. Typically, they are included in set-ups as "additional offers". Information about such offers can usually be found in settings of the download/installation set-ups such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on.

This PUA distribution method is called "bundling" - developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with regular software. They succeed when people download and install programs without checking and changing the aforementioned settings.

PUAs are also download and installed inadvertently when people click intrusive ads, which run scripts to download and install them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

All software and files should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links. Other channels are often used to distribute unwanted, malicious programs. Some examples of channels that should NOT be used to download or install software include Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites, and third party downloaders and installers.

Check all download/installation settings such as "Advanced", "Manual, and "Custom". Decline offers to download or install unwanted software. Do not click intrusive advertisements that appear on dubious web pages, since they can open other pages of this kind or run scripts designed to download and install unwanted apps.

Remove all unwanted, suspicious or unknown extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are 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 this deceptive page:

Basic Software update

IOS VPN profile
Apple Inc.
23 MB
The internet connection is perhaps not secure.

If you do not install the appropriate VPN application now, you risk losing all your photos, contacts and other personal files in the future.

Follow the simple steps below to protect all your data ...

Detailed
Step 1: Click the button below to install the VPN.

Step 2: Use a VPN to get complete data protection 24/7

Step 3: Use a VPN when you connect to free public wi-fi.


https://support.apple.com/contact
Download and install

Screenshot of desktop version of tdsshark[.]xyz:

tdsshark.xyz desktop version

To enable pop-up blocking, fraudulent website warnings, and remove web browsing data in mobile Apple devices, follow these steps:

First, go to "Settings", and then scroll down to find and tap "Safari".

remove pop-ups and clear cache step 1

Check if the "Block Pop-ups" and "Fraudulent Website Warning" toggles are enabled. If not, enable them immediately. Then, scroll down and tap "Advanced".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 2

Tap "Website Data" and then "Remove All Website Data".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 3

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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 tdsshark.xyz 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.

tdsshark.xyz pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove tdsshark.xyz 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 tdsshark.xyz 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 tdsshark.xyz 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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