Avoid downloading dubious apps promoted by originalsecureus.com

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

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

What is originalsecureus[.]com?

Originalsecureus[.]com is a deceptive website, running several scams. These schemes claim that the user's device is or may be infected, in order to promote untrustworthy or possibly malicious software. The endorsed applications are supposedly capable of removing the nonexistent threats. Users should note that not site can actually detect threats/issues present on their systems, hence any that claim to do so are scams. It is expressly advised against trusting originalsecureus[.]com and others similar to it. Typically, such webpages are entered unintentionally; most access them via redirects caused by intrusive adverts or by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), already infiltrated into the system.

originalsecureus[.]com scam

At the time of research, originalsecureus[.]com promoted two scams. These schemes were designed to target iPhone users, however it is possible that access to the site could be gained (i.e. users could get redirected to it) on other Apple products as well. One variant displays a pop-up window, the text presented therein claims that users' devices have been infected with four viruses. These fake threats can damage the iPhone and its SIM card (e.g. delete contact lists). Hence, users are to follow the instructions provided in the background page. Users are instructed to click the "remove viruses" button presented below and download/install the promoted app. The other variant states that someone may be tracking the users' browsing activity, as their IP addresses may be exposed. To encrypt their web traffic and change the IP address, users are to click the "Install Now" button and download/install the application from the next webpage. Such scams often endorse fake anti-virus software, which usually requires payment to perform the promised features, yet after being bought - tends to remain nonoperational. The schemes can also push adware, browsers hijackers and other PUAs, even trojans, ransomware and other malware. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to always research products and only download them from official sources.

Aside from force-opening deceptive/scam, sale-oriented, untrustworthy/rogue, compromised and malicious webpages, PUAs can have other/additional abilities. They can deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, they can enable the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons and other advertisements on any visited website. Additionally, once clicked on, these ads redirect to various harmful pages and can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install content (e.g. PUAs). Another type of unwanted apps can alter browser settings, restrict access to them and promote fake search engines. Most PUAs (regardless of type) can track data. They can monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. In summary, presence of PUAs on systems can lead to infiltrations and infections, financial losses, serious issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name originalsecureus.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Scam claims user's device is or may be infected.
Serving IP Address 54.39.130.163
Promoted Unwanted Application Scam promotes various dubious applications.
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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Bekapro.xyzcontentfilled.com and apl-def.com are a couple examples of sites promoting schemes, targeting iPhone users. Online schemes are designed to trick users into performing certain actions, e.g. download/install and/or purchase unreliable/malicious software, calling fake service/support numbers, reveal personal information (e.g. names, addresses, emails, credit card details, etc.), pay fake fees and so on. Popular scam models include (but are not limited to): warnings that the device is infected or at risk, alerts that a crucial piece of software is outdated or missing, ludicrous offers/deals and prize giveaways. The only goal of such scams is to generate revenue for the scammers / cyber criminals behind them.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs have "official" download webpages, which are often pushed by deceptive/scam ones. These apps also spread through download and installation setups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". When downloading/installing: ignored terms, skipped steps, used pre-set options - increase the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content. Intrusive adverts proliferate unwanted applications as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts 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 always use official and trustworthy download channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and third party downloaders - are deemed to be untrustworthy and can offer likewise suspect content. Download and installation processes should be approached with caution; therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive advertisements tend to look utterly ordinary, however they redirect to highly unreliable and questionable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, users are to inspect the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. 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 the originalsecureus[.]com pop-up:

Warning: The device has been infected by (4) viruses!
Viruses will damage your mobile phone, SIM card and erase all your contacts!
Please follow the instructions on the next page to remove the viruses.

Screenshot of the alternative variant of originalsecureus[.]com:

originalsecureus[.]com scam alternative variant

Text presented in this variant:

Someone May Be Watching
What You Browse
Your IP - could be exposed.
Someone may know your Apple iPhone

 

Follow three steps to encrypt your web traffic and change your IP address:
1. Click below to download VPN.
2. Open app, click connect button.
3. Browse web and apps anonymously.
5 minutes 38 seconds
Install Now Cancel

Screenshot of the promoted application:

originalsecureus[.]com scam promoted content

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 originalsecureus.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.

originalsecureus.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove originalsecureus.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 originalsecureus.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 originalsecureus.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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