Remove apps that open apps-notification.com and similar pages

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

How to remove apps designed to open pages like apps-notification[.]com from Mac computers

What is apps-notification[.]com?

apps-notification[.]com mostly targets iOS and macOS users, however, Android and Windows users are targeted as well. This website promotes dubious (or legitimate) software in deceptive ways. It claims that the visitor's device is (or might be) infected with viruses and offers download and installation of another application. You are strongly advised not to trust any notifications that apps-notification[.]com display. Generally, users do not visit such pages intentionally - in most cases, they are opened through deceptive advertisements, other dubious web pages, or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

apps-notification[.]com scam

apps-notification[.]com claims that the visitor's iPad might be hacked, or an Apple device (e.g., iPhone) is infected with viruses. It offers to remove the viruses or protect the device from being infected using another dubious application. At the time of research, apps-notification[.]com led to a download page for AdsBlock for Safari. Android users are invited to install an app called Android Cleaner, whilst Windows users are invited to install PC Cleaner, Norton AntiVirus and/or McAfee. Note that apps-notification[.]com advertises both legitimate and dubious software. Therefore, all software should be downloaded only from official websites. Avoid deceptive sites such as apps-notification[.]com. If this or other similar sites are opened regularly by the browser often, this is very likely to be due to an installed PUA.

PUAs are commonly designed to force browsers to open dubious websites such as apps-notification[.]com and also to display ads and/or gather various data. They can also feed users with intrusive advertisements. They serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other advertisements that, when clicked, can open dubious websites or download and install unwanted applications by executing certain scripts. PUAs can also collect IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, and other browsing data. In some cases, the apps record personal details. Furthermore, the data might be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) and/or misused to generate revenue in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name apps-notification.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This page claims that the device is (or might be) infected with viruses.
Serving IP Address 45.79.56.187
Promoted Application AdsBlock for Safari, Android Cleaner, PC Cleaner, Norton AntiVirus, McAfee.
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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Some examples of similar deceptive websites are securityvpnapp[.]com, driveandparkgame[.]com and extrasafe[.]xyz. They are used to deceive visitors into downloading and installing an application (often dubious): they claim that the device is infected with viruses and that they should be removed with a specific app immediately. As mentioned, users often arrive on these pages unintentionally - they are often opened by installed PUAs.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Commonly, users download and install potentially unwanted apps together with regular software. I.e., when PUAs are included into the set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers'. Many users fail to check and change the "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings, thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate. This distribution method of unwanted apps is known as "bundling". Sometimes unwanted downloads and installations happen when users click deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

It is important to download files and programs only from trustworthy, official websites and via direct links. Other channels and sources such as third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, etc., are often monetized by distributing unwanted, even malicious apps. The same applies to third party installers. Check all "Custom"and "Advanced" settings and decline offers to download or install additionally-included, unwanted software. Do not click ads that appear on pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. since they can open other untrusted pages or even cause download/installation of unwanted apps. Remove all unwanted, suspicious add-ons, plug-ins and extensions from the browser, and programs of this kind 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 window (see screenshot above):

Attention!
We have detected a suspicious activity on sites you visited. Close this notification and follow the instructions to protect your Apple devices immediately.

Screenshot of a pop-up window of the main apps-notification.com desktop version:

apps-notification.com scam main desktop version

Screenshot of the main apps-notification.com background page:

apps-notification.com scam main desktop version background

Text in this notification:

Your iPad may be hacked!
Due to recent surfing on the suspicious sites, your personal data on this iPad may be stolen via hidden scripts by cybercriminals. In case it happens, they can access all other Apple devices linked to this Apple ID and are vulnerable. Your devices may be blocked today if no action is taken.

 

Install the most trusted cyber security application and activate for free to protect your Apple ID credentials and your iCloud data from loss.
0 minute 42 seconds
Install    Cancel

Screenshot of a pop-up of another apps-notification[.]com variant:

apps-notification.com another variant pop-up

Text in this pop-up:

Warning!
Apple device is infected with viruses picked up while surfing recent corrupted sites. Tap OK and follow the instructions to protect your Apple devices.

Screenshot of a second pop-up notification of another apps-notification[.]com variant:

apps-notification.com second pop-up

Text in this notification:

Your Apple iPhone is severely damaged by 19 viruses!
We have detected that your Browser is (59%) DAMAGED by BROWSER TROJAN VIRUSES picked up while surfing recent corrupted sites.

 

Immediately install mobile security application or sensitive data like your Facebook account, WhatsApp messages, photos and private applications will be infected and stolen.
0 minute 41 seconds
Install    Cancel

Mobile version of this notification:

apps-notification-com scam mobile second variant version

apps-notification[.]com offering to install the latest security update to promote a dubious app (GIF):

apps-notification.com offers to install security updates in gif

Text in this pop-up:

Security Update
Please install and activate the latest security app to block online threats and continue watching in safe mode
Install

Screenshot of apps-notification[.]com targeting Android users:

apps-notification-com scam variant for android users

Text in this notification:

Install mobile security application right now to improve performance of your phone and improve battery life.
UPDATE!CANCEL
may be at risk!

 

Due to the latest problems with , we have released an update of the Android Cleaner which will find all viruses and potential threats and will also clean junk files and improve battery life.

Update right now to boost your and improve performance of your phone and improve battery life.


Install the recommended app for FREE to clean and strengthen your immediately!
5 minutes 52 seconds

Install

Cancel

Screenshot of apps-notification[.]com targeting Windows users:

apps-notification-com scam targeting windows users

Text in this notification:

System recommendation!

 

Clean up your Windows after surfing the web!

 

Please note: Lots of junk files build up over time on Windows computers. It is recommended to remove them and free up disk space.
Solution: Install PC Cleaner, the all-in-one Windows utility that includes:
Fast junk files cleanup
Windows memory cleaner
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apps-notification[.]com promoting Your McAfee Subscription Has Expired pop-up scam: (GIF):

apps-notification.com advertises mcafee

apps-notification[.]com promoting Norton Subscription Has Expired Today pop-up scam:

apps-notification.com offers to install norton antivirus

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 apps-notification.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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

apps-notification.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove apps-notification.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 apps-notification.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 apps-notification.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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