Remove apps that are designed to open pages like apps-notification.com

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

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

What is apps-notification[.]com?

Apps-notification[.]com targets mostly iOS and macOS users, although, Android and Windows users are targeted as well. This website is designed to promote various questionable (or legitimate) software in deceptive ways, it claims that visitor's device is or may be infected with viruses and offers to download and install one or another application. It is strongly recommended not to trust any notifications that apps-notification[.]com is designed to display. As a rule, users do not visit such pages intentionally, in most cases they get opened through deceptive advertisements, other shady pages or by installed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

apps-notification[.]com scam

Apps-notification[.]com claims that visitor's iPad may be hacked or Apple device (e.g., iPhone) is infected with viruses, and offers to remove those viruses or protect a device from being infected with one or another questionable application. At the time of the research apps-notification[.]com lead to a download page for AdsBlock for Safari. Android users are offered to install the app called Android Cleaner, Windows users are offered to install PC Cleaner, Norton AntiVirus and/or McAfee. Apps-notification[.]com is designed to advertise both legitimate and questionable software - in one way or another, all software should be downloaded only from official websites and not through/from deceptive sites like apps-notification[.]com. If this or any other similar site is being opened by a browser often, then it is very likely that it happens because of some installed PUA.

It is common that PUAs are designed not only to force browsers to open unreliable websites like apps-notification[.]com but also to display ads and/or gather various data. They can be designed to feed users with various intrusive advertisements. They serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other types of advertisements that, when clicked, could open unreliable websites or download and/or install various unwanted applications by executing certain scripts. Also, PUAs can be designed to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocation, and/or other browsing data. In some cases apps of this type are record personal details as well. What is worse, collected data could 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 a device is or may 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.
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Some examples of similar deceptive websites are securityvpnapp[.]com, driveandparkgame[.]com and extrasafe[.]xyz. As a rule such pages are designed to deceive visitors into downloading and installing some application (often a questionable one), they claim that a device is infected with viruses and they should be removed with the offered app as soon as possible. As mentioned in the introduction, users often end up on such pages unintentionally - those websites often get opened by some installed unwanted applications.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

It is common that users download and/or install potentially unwanted apps alongside with wanted ones. To be more precise, when PUAs are included in setups other programs as additional offers and users finish downloads and/or installations without declining them. In other words, when they download and/or install programs without checking and changing "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings of setups. This distribution method of unwanted apps is known as "bundling". Sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations happen when users click deceptive advertisements that are designed to 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, sources like third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, etc., often are monetized by using them as tools to distribute unwanted, sometimes even malicious apps. The same applies to third party installers. If a download or installation setup has settings like "Custom", "Advanced", then they should be checked for offers to download and/or install additionally included, unwanted software. Furthermore, ads that appear on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc., should not be trusted/clicked. It is common that such apps are designed to open other untrustworthy pages or even cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. If some unwanted, suspicious add-on, plug-in or extension is already installed on a browser, and/or program of this kind installed on the operating system, then it should be uninstalled/removed right away. 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 latest security update in order to promote a questionable 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
Protect your private data
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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

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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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