Avoid installing dubious content via fake updates from cooing.top

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

How to remove redirects to cooing[.]top from Mac?

What is the cooing[.]top site?

Cooing[.]top is a deceptive website, promoting a version of the "Latest version of Adobe Flash Player" scam. The scheme claims that the Adobe Flash Player installed on the visitors' systems is outdated and requires updates. However, the updaters cooing[.]top offers are fake. At the time of research this illegitimate updater installed a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application), called Easy Mac Care. Yet the updater may install other PUAs, such as adware and/or browser hijackers. Users should note that illegitimate update installers are used to distribute not only PUAs but trojans, ransomware and other malware as well. Typically, sites like cooing[.]top are accessed via redirects caused by intrusive advertisements or by PUAs.

cooing[.]top scam

When accessed, cooing[.]top displays a pop-up window, which states that visitors' Adobe Flash Player is out of date. It informs that the plug-in is missing the latest updates and due to this - it has been blocked. To continue using Flash Player, the pop-up urges users to download/install the newest version. If visitors attempt to update Adobe Flash Player with these fake updates, they will unintentionally allow Easy Mac Care or other untrustworthy/malicious software into their systems. This unwanted content can lead to a variety of serious system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, it is strongly advised against trusting cooing[.]top and other dubious websites. It is highly recommended to always update software with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers.

Aside from force-opening deceptive/scam sites, PUAs can cause redirects to sale-oriented, untrustworthy/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious webpages. However, unwanted applications can have other/additional abilities. Adware-types can enable the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other intrusive adverts on any visited website. These ads diminish the browsing experience and upon being clicked - they redirect to various harmful pages and can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Another type of unwanted apps called browser hijackers can modify browser settings and restrict/deny access to them - in order to promote fake search engines. Usually, these illegitimate web searchers are unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate search engines. Most PUAs have data tracking abilities. They monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is typically shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit. To ensure device and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name cooing.top pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Scam claims that Adobe Flash Player is outdated
Detection Names (cooing[.]top)
Fortinet (Malware), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (fake updater)
Avast (MacOS:Bundlore-EG [Adw]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.GenieoTR.17), DrWeb (Mac.Trojan.Genieo.602), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Ketin.h), Full List (VirusTotal)
Promoted Unwanted Application Easy Mac Care and other dubious software
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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Bestevervideoplayers.infod0wnload3d.complaylatestheavilyfreeware.icu  and worldofcontenting.info are but a few examples of webpages offering fake Flash Player updates. There is a wide variety methods used by deceptive sites to further their goals. Popular scam models include (but are not limited to): claims that an essential piece of software is outdated, alerts that the system is infected or at risk, prize giveaways, unbelievable deals, and so on. Regardless of what such websites claim, request or demand - the end goal is the same, to generate revenue to the scammers / cyber criminals behind them.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs proliferate through download/installation setups of other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular (or seemingly regular) software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g. skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content. Some PUAs have "official" download pages, which are often promoted by scam sites. Intrusive advertisements can infiltrate these applications into systems as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research products before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content, therefore they are deemed to be untrustworthy download sources. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to various unreliable and questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). Should users experience such ads/redirects, they must inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect 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.

Screenshot of the first installation step of the fake Flash Player updater, promoted by cooing[.]top scam website:

Fake Flash Player update installation first step

Screenshot of the second installation step:

Fake Flash Player update installation second step

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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 cooing.top 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.

cooing.top pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove cooing.top 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 cooing.top 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 cooing.top 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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