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How to remove apps that promote pages like systemtechnotify.com?

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

How to remove apps downloaded via systemtechnotify[.]com?

What is systemtechnotify[.]com?

Systemtechnotify[.]com is a deceptive website posing as Apple page, it is designed to display fake virus warnings. Its main purpose is to trick users into downloading and installing some potentially unwanted application (PUA) that supposed to remove "detected" malware. It is worthwhile to mention that Apple or any other legitimate company has nothin to do neither with systemtechnotify[.]com or other similar pages.

systemtechnotify[.]com scam

Systemtechnotify[.]com has several designs, although, in all cases it displays more or less similar fake virus warning claiming that a device is infected with viruses and/or some Trojan. Also, systemtechnotify[.]com claims that immediate removal of detected malware is required to prevent it from spreading further and compromising sensitive data related to Facebook account, WhatsApp messages, photos and installed applications. To remove the threats that systemtechnotify[.]com has supposedly detected visitors are instructed to use some app that can be downloaded via provided link/"Remove Virus" button.

There are many websites like systemtechnotify[.]com, none of them are trustworthy. It is not common for users to visit such pages on purpose. In most cases they get opened via other shady pages, dubious ads or by installed PUAs. It is worthwhile to mention that PUAs can be designed not only to promote untrustworthy pages like systemtechnotify[.]com but also to gather browsing data, or even sensitive information and/or generate various advertisements. If an app of this type is installed on a device, then it should be removed. The same applies to apps that were downloaded via pages like systemtechnotify[.]com.

Threat Summary:
Name systemtechnotify.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Device is infected with viruses, Trojan
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Phishing), Fortinet (Spam), Sophos (Malware), Spamhaus (Phishing), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 64.225.2.103
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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Peachlandus[.]com, securitycheck[.]network, department[.]limited are a couple of examples of pages that are similar to systemtechnotify[.]com. It is worthwhile to mention that in some cases pages of this kind could be designed to trick users into calling fake technical support numbers and paying money for unnecessary software, services. In one way or another, unofficial pages that display fake virus warning messages have to be ignored and never be used to download any apps.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

It is common that users unknowingly download and/or install PUAs by clicking certain deceptive advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts, or when they carelessly download and install other software. In the second case users cause it when PUAs are included in download and/or installation setups of other apps as additional offers and users do not decline them. When users download and/or install various software without checking (and changing) "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings that are available in its download and/or installation setup. The method to distribute PUAs by using download and/or installation setups of other programs is known as "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Apps should not be downloaded via questionable sources, tools like Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), third party downloaders, from unofficial pages, etc., or installed via unofficial installers. They should be downloaded from official pages and via direct links. Download and installation setups with "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings should be checked for unwanted offers. Advertisements on shady sites should not be clicked - it is common for those ads to be designed to untrustworthy pages. In some cases they could cause unwanted download, or even installation. Suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser should be removed from it. The same should be done with apps 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 pop-up of the first version of systemtechnotify[.]com page:

Your iPhone Has Been Compromised
Immediate Action
Is Required!
Confirm

Screenshot of the background page of the first version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam main background

Text in this page:

Apple
Security
3:10
Warning!
Your iPhone is highly damaged by 5 viruses!

We have detected that your browser is damaged by browser trojan viruses picked up while attending recent corrupted sites.

Immediate action is required to prevent it from spreading and infecting sensitive data like your Facebook account, Whatsapp messages, photos and private applications.

Follow the instruction

Step 1
Tap remove virus to install trusted Security App from the App Store.

Step 2
Open the app and follow the instructions to protect your device.

Remove Virus
Detected By Apple.

Screenshot of the pop-up of the second systemtechnotify[.]com version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam sedond variant pop-up

Text in this pop-up:

YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED
Immediate Action Is Required!
OK

Screenshot of the background page of this version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam sedond variant background

Text in this page:

Apple Security Wednesday
13 January 2021
We have detected that your browser is completely infected with Trojan Virus picked up on recently visited sites.


Immediate action is required, otherwise you will lose your bank card details, social network accounts, and your browser history will be stolen by hackers.

Here is how you can solve this in just a few seconds (Step by Step)

Step 1: Tap REMOVE VIRUS to install trusted Security App from the App Store.

Step 2:Open the app and follow the instructions to protect your device.
Remove Virus

Screenshot of the pop-up of the third systemtechnotify[.]com version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam third variant pop-up

Text in this pop-up:

YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED
Immediate Action Is Required!
OK

Screenshot of the background page of this version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam third variant background

Text in this page:

Apple Security Wednesday
13 January 2021
Important notice. Your device is currently infected with a Trojan virus!


Your phone's memory is already having 17% of damage. Prompt action is required, otherwise,
the device will become defective and all your data including accounts, photos, and payment data will be available to third parties.

Immediately install the trusted free app from the AppStore to remove the virus and secure your device.

1 minutes and 29 seconds
Remove Virus
Detected By Apple.

Screenshot of the pop-up of the fourth systemtechnotify[.]com version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam fourth variant pop-up

Text in this pop-up:

Your iPhone Has Been Compromised
Immediate Action
Is Required!
Confirm

Screenshot of the background page of this version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam fourth variant background

Text in this page:

Apple
Security
1:33
Warning!
We have detected that your browser is damaged by browser trojan viruses picked up while attending recent corrupted sites.

Immediate action is required to prevent it from spreading and infecting sensitive data like your Facebook account, Whatsapp messages, photos and private applications.

Scanning in progress
100%
viruses detected: 13
Follow the instruction

Step 1
Tap remove virus to install trusted Security App from the App Store.

Step 2
Open the app and follow the instructions to protect your device.

Remove Virus
Detected By Apple.

Screenshot of the pop-up of the fifth systemtechnotify[.]com version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam fifth variant pop-up

Text in this pop-up:

YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED
Immediate Action Is Required!
OK

Screenshot of the background page of this version:

systemtechnotify.com pop-up scam fifth variant background

Text in this page:

Apple Security Wednesday
13 January 2021
Important notice. Your device is currently infected with a Trojan virus!


Your phone's memory is already having 17% of damage. Prompt action is required, otherwise,
the device will become defective and all your data including accounts, photos, and payment data will be available to third parties.

Immediately install the trusted free app from the AppStore to remove the virus and secure your device.

1 minutes and 52 seconds
Remove Virus
Detected By Apple.

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 systemtechnotify.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.

systemtechnotify.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove systemtechnotify.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 systemtechnotify.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 systemtechnotify.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.

QR Code
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