How to remove apps that open web pages from the youlittmeet family

Also Known As: youlittmeet pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is Youlittmeet?

Youlittmeet is a family of deceptive web pages. In most cases, such families include web pages designed to advertise potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) like browser hijackers, adware-type applications. Some might be malicious and used to spread rogue programs such as Trojans and ransomware.

Furthermore, Youlittmeet and other families often include various scam websites (fake lotteries, surveys), and other untrusted web pages. In any case, Youlittmeet sites can never be trusted. If the browser opens these sites automatically, it might be due to a PUA already installed on the browser/system.

youlittmeet scam

As seen in the screenshot above, the Youlittmeet family includes a deceptive web page designed to trick visitors into participating in a survey. It is similar to "Dear Safari User, You Are Today's Lucky Visitor", another page of this kind. In most cases, the pages claim that visitors have the chance to win a prize, and encourage them to complete a survey.

The sites are actually used to deceive unsuspecting visitors into providing sensitive information (such as credit card details) that can be misused to generate revenue. Therefore, never trust these sites and ignore the information on them. Youlittmeet might include web pages that promote PUAs.

For example, browser hijackers, some adware-type applications and other software of this kind. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Note that fake search engines do not generate unique results and generate misleading results.

Adware serves advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners, surveys and/or coupons, etc. If clicked, these can open dubious or even malicious websites. Sometimes they can download or install unwanted software by executing certain scripts.

Both browser hijackers and adware-type applications can be designed to collect user-system information (IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and so on). They might also be capable of accessing personal, confidential information.

The collected data is sold to third parties (often cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Furthermore, Youlittmeet might include web pages used to deceive visitors into installing malware on their computers. For example, a Trojan or ransomware.

This malicious software can cause data/financial loss, serious privacy issues, installation of other malware, identity theft and other problems. In summary, avoid all pages that are part of the Youlittmeet family.

Threat Summary:
Name youlittmeet pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Related Domains youlittmeet3[.]live, youlittmeet4[.]live, youlittmeet7[.]live
Detection Names (youlittmeet3[.]live) Fortinet (Spam), Spamhaus (Spam), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address (youlittmeet3[.]live)
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.
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Youlittmeet is not the only family of untrustworthy web pages. Some more examples are skyprize, yourprizeszx and prizeseeker. Typically, these pages are designed to trick visitors into installing unwanted, potentially malicious programs or providing information that could be misused to steal identities, make fraudulent transactions, purchases, etc.

People do not generally visit these web pages intentionally - they are opened by installed PUAs.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Many users cause download and installation of PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts, or when these apps are included into the download/installation set-ups of other (mostly free) programs. PUAs are often included in the set-ups of other programs and presented as "additional offers".

This distribution method is called "bundling" and is used to deceive users into downloading and installing PUAs together with their required programs. Information about these additional apps is listed in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar parts of the set-ups. Many users fail to check and change these settings, thereby allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed as well.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Third party, unofficial downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages and other similar channels should not be used to download or install files or software. They are often used to distribute PUAs and proliferate malicious programs.

Software and files should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links. Download and installation set-ups usually contain "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. You are advised to check these and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps before finishing the process.

Do not click intrusive advertisements that appear on untrusted, dubious web pages. They can open other untrusted, potentially malicious web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove all suspicious, unwanted and unknown extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons that are installed on the browser immediately.

The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are 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.

Appearance of a Youlittmeet web page (GIF):

Appearance of youlittmeet scam (GIF)

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How to identify a pop-up scam?

Pop-up windows with various fake messages are a common type of lures cybercriminals use. They collect sensitive personal data, trick Internet users into calling fake tech support numbers, subscribe to useless online services, invest in shady cryptocurrency schemes, etc.

While in the majority of cases these pop-ups don't infect users' devices with malware, they can cause direct monetary loss or could result in identity theft.

Cybercriminals strive to create their rogue pop-up windows to look trustworthy, however, scams typically have the following characteristics:

  • Spelling mistakes and non-professional images - Closely inspect the information displayed in a pop-up. Spelling mistakes and unprofessional images could be a sign of a scam.
  • Sense of urgency - Countdown timer with a couple of minutes on it, asking you to enter your personal information or subscribe to some online service.
  • Statements that you won something - If you haven't participated in a lottery, online competition, etc., and you see a pop-up window stating that you won.
  • Computer or mobile device scan - A pop-up window that scans your device and informs of detected issues - is undoubtedly a scam; webpages cannot perform such actions.
  • Exclusivity - Pop-up windows stating that only you are given secret access to a financial scheme that can quickly make you rich.

Example of a pop-up scam:

Example of a pop-up scam

How do pop-up scams work?

Cybercriminals and deceptive marketers usually use various advertising networks, search engine poisoning techniques, and shady websites to generate traffic to their pop-ups. Users land on their online lures after clicking on fake download buttons, using a torrent website, or simply clicking on an Internet search engine result.

Based on users' location and device information, they are presented with a scam pop-up. Lures presented in such pop-ups range from get-rich-quick schemes to fake virus scans.

How to remove fake pop-ups?

In most cases, pop-up scams do not infect users' devices with malware. If you encountered a scam pop-up, simply closing it should be enough. In some cases scam, pop-ups may be hard to close; in such cases - close your Internet browser and restart it.

In extremely rare cases, you might need to reset your Internet browser. For this, use our instructions explaining how to reset Internet browser settings.

How to prevent fake pop-ups?

To prevent seeing pop-up scams, you should visit only reputable websites. Torrent, Crack, free online movie streaming, YouTube video download, and other websites of similar reputation commonly redirect Internet users to pop-up scams.

To minimize the risk of encountering pop-up scams, you should keep your Internet browsers up-to-date and use reputable anti-malware application. For this purpose, we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS.

What to do if you fell for a pop-up scam?

This depends on the type of scam that you fell for. Most commonly, pop-up scams try to trick users into sending money, giving away personal information, or giving access to one's device.

  • If you sent money to scammers: You should contact your financial institution and explain that you were scammed. If informed promptly, there's a chance to get your money back.
  • If you gave away your personal information: You should change your passwords and enable two-factor authentication in all online services that you use. Visit Federal Trade Commission to report identity theft and get personalized recovery steps.
  • If you let scammers connect to your device: You should scan your computer with reputable anti-malware (we recommend Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS) - cyber criminals could have planted trojans, keyloggers, and other malware, don't use your computer until removing possible threats.
  • Help other Internet users: report Internet scams to Federal Trade Commission.

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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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