Avoid downloading dubious software promoted by contentfilled.com

Also Known As: contentfilled.com pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove redirects to contentfilled[.]com from Mac?

What is the contentfilled[.]com site?

Contentfilled[.]com is a scam website, designed to trick visitors into downloading/installing dubious or possibly malicious software. The site claims that user's device has been infected with two viruses, which have caused significant damage to it. To remove these nonexistent threats, the scam recommends that visitors download/install a specific application. Users should note that no webpage can detect threats or other issues present within a system; hence, any that claim to do so - are scams. Typically, access to deceptive/scam sites is unintentional; most users get redirected to such by intrusive advertisements or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).

contentfilled[.]com scam

Contentfilled[.]com is primarily designed to target iPhone users; however, redirects to this webpage may occur on other Apple products as well. Once accessed, contentfilled[.]com displays a pop-up window. The text presented therein states that the visitor's system has been infected with two viruses. These infections have supposedly originated from recently visited adult websites. The nonexistent viruses have caused 28.1% damage to the device and can allegedly corrupt the phone's SIM card, applications, photos, contact lists and other data. Therefore, to prevent the fake viruses from causing such damage - the scam instructs users to download/install the recommended app. Afterwards, they are to run the application, thereby removing all of the detected malicious content. None of the information provided by contentfilled[.]com is accurate and it cannot be trusted. Downloading/Installing the promoted application can lead to a variety of serious issues, endanger device and user safety. It is expressly advised against trusting contentfilled[.]com and other pages similar to it.

As mentioned in the introduction one of the main culprits behind rogue redirects to deceptive/scam webpages are PUAs. These apps can also force-open sale-oriented, untrustworthy/rogue, compromised and malicious sites. Unwanted applications can have other/additional abilities. They can deliver intrusive adverts (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.), which severely diminish the browsing quality. They slow down the browsing speed and limit website visibility (by overlaying page content). Additionally, when intrusive ads are clicked on, they redirect to similarly dangerous sites and can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Another type of unwanted apps can hijack browsers by modifying them, restricting/denying access to their settings and promoting illegitimate search engines. What is more, most PUAs can track data. They can monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and gather personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected information is highly likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit. This data usually includes personally identifiable information. In summary, presence of PUAs on systems can result in various infiltrations and infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect device and user safety - all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name contentfilled.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Scam claims users' iPhone is infected.
Detection Names Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 64.227.11.5
Promoted Unwanted Application Scam promotes 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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Bekapro.xyzprotected-connection.comapl-def.com are a few examples of scam websites similar to contentfilled[.]com. These schemes are designed to push users into performing certain actions. Various scam models are used for this purpose, e.g. warnings that the device is infected or at risk, alerts that an essential piece of software is outdated or missing, prize giveaways, ludicrous offers or deals, and so on. Users can be tricked into: downloading/installing and/or purchasing nonoperational, untrustworthy or malicious content; calling fake and expensive support/service lines; revealing personal information (e.g. names, addresses, emails, banking account or credit card details, etc.); making monetary transactions (e.g. paying fake shipping, registration, subscription fees, etc.). The only goal of these scams is to generate revenue for their designers. Furthermore, the Internet is rife with such. Therefore, it advised to exercise caution when browsing.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs proliferate through download/installation setups of other products. This false marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download and installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used presets, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content onto the system. Some PUAs have "official" download webpages. Once clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All products should be researched and downloaded only from official and verified sources. It is ill-advised to use unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - as they are considered to be untrustworthy and can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive adverts typically look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to various questionable pages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.). Should users experience ads/redirects of this kind, they are to inspect the system and eliminate all suspicious 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.

Text presented in contentfilled[.]com scam's pop-up:

hxxps://contentfilled.com
Your system is heavily damaged by Two viruses!

We detect that your Apple iPhone is 28.1% DAMAGED because of Two harmful viruses from recent adult sites. Soon it will damage your phone's SIM card and will corrupt your contacts, photos, data, applications , etc.

If you do not remove the virus now , it will cause severe damage to your phone . Here's what you NEED to do (step by step ) :

Step 1: Tap the button and install App for free!

Step 2: Open the App to speed up and fix your browser now!

WARNING!

This Apple iPhone is infected with viruses and your browser is seriously damaged. You need to remove viruses and make corrections immediately.

It is necessary to remove and fix now.

Don't close this window.

OK

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 contentfilled.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.

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.

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

contentfilled.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove contentfilled.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 contentfilled.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 contentfilled.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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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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