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How to completely remove FPVideo from the operating system?

Also Known As: Ads by FPVideo
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove FPVideo from Mac?

What is FPVideo?

FPVideo is an app that can be called a potentially unwanted application (PUA) because it is promoted via deceptive website and distributed via fake Adobe Flash Player installer, and users typically do not download and install such apps intentionally. The problem with the installer for FPVideo is that quite often such installers are used to distribute PUAs of other types like adware-type apps, browser hijackers.

FPVideo adware

FPVideo itself is not malicious or harmful in some other way. However, it is likely that if this app is installed on the operating system, then some adware-type app and/or browser hijackers is installed on it (and/or a browser) as well. Adware is a type of software that generates banners, surveys, pop-up ads, coupons and/or ads of other types. It is common that ads generated by adware are designed to promote questionable pages. They can be designed to cause unwanted downloads, or even installations by running certain scripts as well. Browser hijacker is a type of PUA that modifies browser settings without user's permission. Typically, it replaces the address of a homepage, default search engine and/or new tab with its own.

Another issue with both browser hijackers and adware-type apps is that they can be designed to gather browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened websites, entered search queries) or even some sensitive details. Moreover, collected information could be monetized by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in some other ways. Therefore, users who have such apps installed on a computer and/or browser may encounter issues related to Internet browsing safety, online privacy or even become victims of identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by FPVideo
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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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As mentioned in the introduction, the installer for FPVideo is promoted on a deceptive page. A couple of examples of similar pages are "Flash Player Update Download New Version" and "Your Flash Player Is Out Of Date". Examples of apps that websites of this type promote are TotalSearchFunction, SmartSearch and UltraSearchApp.

How did FPVideo install on my computer?

This particular app is distributed via fake Adobe Flash Player that is available for download on a deceptive, untrustworthy page. It is worthwhile to mention that fake installers can be used to distribute not only PUAs also Trojans, ransomware and malware of other type. Also, quite often PUAs are distributed by using a marketing method called "bundling" - by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. Users download and/or install PUAs when they do not decline unwanted offers. Usually such offers can be declined via "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes that are available in download and/or installation setups. Sometimes PUAs are distributed through deceptive advertisements that are designed to cause unwanted downloads, installations by executing certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software, files should not be downloaded from unofficial websites, via Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, etc., third party downloaders, and so on, or installed through third party, fake installers. They should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct links. Download and installation setups that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", etc., should be checked for offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted apps before finishing downloads and installations. Advertisements on shady pages should not be trusted/clicked, they could be designed to open questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. There should not be any unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with FPVideo, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Deceptive installer for FPVideo adware:

Delusive installer used to promote FPVideo adware

Scam website promoting deceptive installer designed to install FPVideo adware:

Dubious website used to promote FPVideo adware

Screenshot of the FPVideo app:

fpvideo adware application

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

FPVideo adware removal:

Remove FPVideo-related 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 ads by fpvideo 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.

Ads by FPVideo removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by fpvideo 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 ads by fpvideo 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 ads by fpvideo 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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