Remove apps that are designed to open securitymobile.club

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

How to remove securitymobile[.]club from Mac?

What is securitymobile[.]club?

Securitymobile[.]club is one of the many deceptive websites that are designed to display fake virus alert, error or other notifications. The main purpose of these pages is to trick visitors into downloading and installing some potentially unwanted application (PUAs) that supposed to solve the detected problem. It is worthwhile to mention that most of the times such pages get opened via other untrustworthy sites, deceptive ads or by PUAs that are already installed on devices. In other words, it is not common for pages like securitymobile[.]club to be visited by users on purpose. Research shows that quite often users end up on securitymobile[.]club because there are certain deceptive events in their Calendar app that are designed to open this page.

securitymobile[.]club scam

Securitymobile[.]club suggests that the Internet connection may be not secure, therefore, users may lose their photos, contacts, personal files and other data. In order to avoid that securitymobile.club offers to download the HotVPN Fast & secure application which can be done by following the provided instructions. This app may be legitimate, however, the safest way to download apps is to use official pages. Therefore, apps should never be downloaded via pages like securitymobile[.]club. Also, it is worthwhile to mention that HotVPN Fast & secure may not be the only app that securitymobile[.]club promotes - it could promote other PUAs as well.

As mentioned in the introduction, it is common that pages like securitymobile[.]com are promoted by various PUAs. It is worthwhile to mention that apps of this type can be designed to serve ads and/or gather various data. They can be designed to serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and/or other advertisements. It is common that when users click those ads, they allow them to open questionable websites or even execute certain scripts that cause download and/or installation of some unwanted application. Also, PUAs can be designed to gather IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, and/or other browsing-related information. Although, in some cases they can be capable of accessing sensitive details.

Threat Summary:
Name securitymobile.club pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim The Internet connection may be not secure
Serving IP Address 104.24.115.37
Promoted Unwanted Application HotVPN Fast & secure
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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To sum up, pages like securitymobile[.]club are designed to promote potentially unwanted applications by using strategies that always include deception. More examples of similar sites are security-update-required[.]com, service24[.]report and topdefence-formob[.]com. If a browser often opens such pages by itself, then it is very likely that there is some PUA installed on it (and/or the operating system).

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most of the times users download and/or install potentially unwanted applications together with programs that have those apps included in their download and/or installation setups as extra offers. Typically, those offers can be found and declined via "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings (or by unticking available checkboxes) in setups. When users download and/or install programs without checking and changing those settings (or unticking checkboxes), they download and/or install additionally included apps as well. Another way to unintentionally download and/or install PUAs is by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised not to complete any download and/or installation process without checking if there are any "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, or checkboxes in a setup. Also, it is recommended to download software (and files) only from official websites and via direct download links, and not to use third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients and so on. Additionally, it is advised not to click advertisements that appear on shady pages - quite often they are designed to promote unreliable, dubious websites or even cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. If there are some unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) installed on a web browser, then they should be removed. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are 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 the main securitymobile[.]club page:

Back Software update

IOS VPN profile
Apple Inc.
23 MB
The internet connection is perhaps not secure.

If you do not install the appropriate VPN application now, you risk losing all your photos, contacts and other personal files in the future.

Follow the simple steps below to protect all your data ...

Detailed
Step 1: Click the button below to install the VPN.

Step 2: Use a VPN to get complete data protection 24/7

Step 3: Use a VPN when you connect to free public wi-fi.


hxxps://support.apple.com/contact
Download and install

Application that securitymobile[.]club promotes:

securitymobile.club pop-up scam promoted application

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 securitymobile.club 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.

securitymobile.club pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove securitymobile.club 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 securitymobile.club 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 securitymobile.club 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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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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