How to uninstall apps downloaded via the AdBlocker Update scam page

Also Known As: AdBlocker Update pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove apps downloaded through the "AdBlocker Update" page from Mac computers

What is "AdBlocker Update"?

The internet is full of deceptive websites designed to trick people into downloading and installing various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). This particular page encourages visitors to continue watching a video in Safe Mode and install/update AdBlocker. Research shows that this dubious web page is used to advertise not one, but multiple PUAs. One is called Super BlockerAd. You are advised to download applications only from official, trustworthy websites. Note that people do not generally visit these sites intentionally - in most cases, they are opened through dubious ads, other sites of this kind, or by installed PUAs.

AdBlocker Update scam

Commonly, these deceptive pages trick users into installing browser hijackers, adware and other PUAs. Browser hijackers promote the addresses of fake search engines by changing browser settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. In most cases, browser hijackers prevent modifying or undoing the changes to these settings unless the rogue software is uninstalled. Most fake search engines either do not generate any unique search results or display misleading information - these search engines should not be used. Adware generates revenue for developer by serving coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other advertisements. These ads open dubious web pages and, in some cases, cause download/installation of a PUA by executing certain scripts. Therefore, ads displayed by adware should never be clicked. Commonly, browser hijackers and adware-type applications collect IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages and other browsing data, however, some PUAs are capable of accessing private, sensitive information. The people responsible for these apps might sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who then misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. In summary, unofficial pages offering to update or install outdated software, etc. can never be trusted. Furthermore, these sites can be used to distribute PUAs and malware (Trojans, ransomware, and other malicious software).

Threat Summary:
Name AdBlocker Update pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This site encourages people to continue watching a video by updating/installing AdBlocker.
Related Domains apple-online-guard[.]com, apple-online-security[.]com, apple-safesite[.]com, apple-safity[.]com, apple-warning[.]com, check-security[.]tech, guard-data[.]tech, guard-mobile[.]tech, guard-verify[.]tech, iphone-security[.]com, mobile-guard[.]tech, mobile-security[.]tech, mobile-update[.]tech, mobile-verify[.]tech, phone-guard[.]tech, phone-gurad[.]tech, phone-secure[.]tech, secure-mobile[.]tech, secure-validate[.]tech, security-data[.]tech, security-mobile[.]tech, tech-verify[.]tech
Promoted Unwanted Application Super BlockerAd
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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More examples of similar deceptive web pages are apple-warning[.]com, apple-online-guard[.]com and guardapl[.]com. As mentioned, people do not generally visit these pages intentionally. If a browser opens dubious web pages automatically and/or ads appear on visited web pages, it is very likely that PUAs are already installed on the browser and/or operating system.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases, PUAs are downloaded and installed through deceptive advertisements that run certain scripts, or via the download/installation set-ups of other programs. I.e., when developers include PUAs into download/installation set-ups as 'additional offers'. Generally, these offers can be found in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and "Manual", however, many users fail to check and change these settings, thereby allowing extra apps (PUAs) to be downloaded and installed together with regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download files and programs from official websites and via direct links. Other channels are often used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Examples of untrusted download/installation channels and tools are third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, free file hosting pages and Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule). Check set-ups and decline offers to download or install additionally-included apps before finishing the process. Intrusive ads that appear on untrusted websites can open other pages of this kind, or execute scripts to download/install unwanted apps. Therefore, never click these ads. Remove all unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) that are installed on the browser and 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 displayed by this deceptive web page:

AdBlocker Update

 

Continue Watching In Safe Mode & Install AdBlocker

 

Install

One of the applications advertised through the AdBlocker Update scam web page:

adblocker update example of promoted app

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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 adblocker update 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.

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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.

AdBlocker Update pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove adblocker update 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 adblocker update 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 adblocker update 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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Global malware activity level today:

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