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How to remove apps responsible for promoting the Receive iPhone 12 scam?

Also Known As: Receive iPhone 12 pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is Receive iPhone 12 scam?

This is one of the many scams that ask visitors to participate in a survey to win a tech prize. This particular scam offers a chance to win an iPhone 12 Pro.

In most cases, scammers behind these scam pages attempt to trick unsuspecting visitors into providing sensitive information or subscribing to some paid services. In one way or another, these scams should be ignored. It is important to mention that users do not visit these or similar scam pages intentionally.

Usually, these pages get opened through deceptive advertisements, other untrustworthy sites, or by potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that users have accidentally installed on their browser or the operating system.

Receive iPhone 12 scam

This scam page displays a deceptive message saying that its visitors (more precisely, ten random visitors) have been chosen to participate in a survey, and in return for completing that survey, visitors can win an iPhone 12 Pro.

It also claims that its survey is created for statistical purposes, to improve the quality of some services. This page has a running timer to trick visitors into believing that they only have a limited amount of time to get a deal/to take a chance to win the new iPhone 12 Pro.

At first, this page asks to answer a couple of demographic questions such as age, gender and asks whether visitors ever purchased iPhone 12 Pro. After that, this page displays a pop-up window with twelve gift boxes and says that visitors have three attempts to choose the correct gift box to win the prize.

As mentioned in the introduction, scam websites like this one are used to trick visitors into providing sensitive information or subscribing to paid services. Therefore, there are no losers in their lotteries, and everybody gets a chance to "win" a prize.

This scam page is likely to be used to trick its visitors into providing details such as email addresses, names, surnames, physical addresses, credit card details, bank account numbers, social security numbers, and (or) other sensitive or personally identifiable information.

Scammers attempt to extract information that could be used to steal identities, make unauthorized purchases, transactions, or monetized in other ways.

Also, some scams attempt to trick visitors into paying a transaction, registration, administration, or some other "fee' to receive their prize or to subscribe to some paid services. These scams have to be ignored/no information should be provided on these pages in any case.

Threat Summary:
Name Receive iPhone 12 pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Visitors have a chance to win an iPhone 12 Pro
Related Domain taicheetee[.]com
Serving IP Address 139.45.197.149
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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More examples of similar scams are "Congratulations! Netflix User!", "Winners Of the New iPhone 11 Pro", and "Randomly Selected To Test The New iPhone". None of these websites are legitimate or offer to win real prizes.

As mentioned in the introduction, it is common that websites of this kind are promoted through potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Typically, users download and install PUAs unknowingly.

It is noteworthy that PUAs can be used not only to promote shady websites but also to gather browsing data (or even confidential information) or generate advertisements. Apps of this type should never be installed on browsers or computers.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Quite often, potentially unwanted apps are distributed, promoted through deceptive ads, or together with some other programs that usually are freely available for download on the Internet. In the second case, PUAs are distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".

This method is used to trick users into downloading, installing potentially unwanted apps together with other programs by hiding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings that their downloaders, installers have. Users can decline unwanted offers through those settings (or by unticking certain checkboxes).

Users who finish downloads, installations without changing any settings agree to downloads, install bundled apps as well. Ads can cause unwanted downloads or installations only when they are designed to run certain scripts and only when users click on those ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not download applications from untrustworthy websites using torrent clients, eMule, and other Peer-to-Peer networks. The best way to download any files or programs is by using official pages and direct download links. Another important thing is not to finish downloads, installations without declining unwanted offers.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, it usually can be done via "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" settings, or by unticking checkboxes. Additionally, avoid clicking on questionable ads (on ads that appear on shady websites). It is common for those ads to be designed to promote untrustworthy websites.

Sometimes those ads are used to distribute unwanted software. If a browser already has some unwanted, unknown, suspicious plug-ins, add-ons, or extensions installed on it, then those ads 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.

Appearance of Receive iPhone 12 scam (GIF):

Appearance of Receive iPhone 12 scam (GIF)

Text in the website background:

Congratulations!

Today March 9, 2021 You have been selected at random to participate in this survey. It will only take a minute and you can receive a prize: An iPhone 12 Pro!


Like every week we choose 10 random users to give them the chance to win fabulous prizes. Today's prize is an iPhone 12 Pro! Only 10 lucky ones will be the winners and only if you live in kaunas!

This survey is only done for statistical purposes to improve the service of users.

You only have 02 Minute and 55 Seconds, to be able to participate.

Hurry, the number of prizes is limited!

Text in the first pop-up:

Congratulations, your answers have been validated correctly!

Today you have the opportunity to take an iPhone 12 Pro!

All you have to do is choose the correct gift box.

You have 3 attempts, good luck!

Text in the second pop-up:

OHHH...

Sorry, this gift is empty! You still have (2) attempts. Good luck!

Text in the third pop-up:

YOU'VE GOT IT!

You have got an iPhone 12 Pro!

Follow the instructions below and you will be one step closer to your gift!

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove unwanted applications that redirect users to sites promoting "Receive iPhone 12" scam using Combo Cleaner?:

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 receive iphone 12 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.

Receive iPhone 12 pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove receive iphone 12 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 receive iphone 12 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 receive iphone 12 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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