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How to remove apps that open the optavut.com page?

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

How to remove apps that open optavut[.]com?

What is optavut[.]com?

Optavut[.]com is the address of a deceptive website used to promote a potentially unwanted application (PUA), or multiple PUAs. There are many pages like optavut[.]com on the Internet, all of them display fake notifications saying that a device is infected, damaged, hacked, etc., and encouraging to download and install an application that is supposed to fix the problem (remove viruses, fix errors, etc.). Neither optavut[.]com or any other similar page can be trusted. It is common that pages like optavut[.]com are promoted via shady advertisements, other untrustworthy pages, or PUAs that users download, install on their devices unknowingly.

optavut[.]com scam

Research shows that there are at least three optavut[.]com website variants. One of them displays a fake virus alert message saying that the operating system is heavily damaged by two viruses. That message also says that those two viruses will damage SIM card, corrupt contacts, photos, applications, and other data if users do not remove them as soon as possible using the application that can be downloaded via the "REPAIR FAST NOW" button. The second optavut[.]com variant displays a fake virus notification too. It displays a message saying that the iPhone (and the installed browser) is damaged by nineteen Trojan viruses. It encourages to install a mobile security application to remove those viruses and says that without that app Facebook account, WhatsApp messages, photos, installed applications will be stolen or infected. The third optavut[.]com variant displays a message asking to download and install an application called AdBlocker app to keep the online browsing secure. This application is available for download on the App Store. Therefore, it is a legitimate application. However, it does not make the optavut[.]com website any more trustworthy. Besides, it is very likely that this page may be used to trick users into downloading adware, browser hijackers, or other PUAs.

It is common that deceptive websites like optavut[.]com are promoted via potentially unwanted applications that users download, install on their browsers or devices unintentionally. Quite often, apps of this type generate advertisements and (or) gather various data as well. They serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, or other advertisements. Their ads, if clicked, can open untrustworthy websites. Sometimes they can execute certain scripts designed to cause download or installation of some unwanted software. Also, PUAs often target browsing-related details like geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, and sometimes personal data. Although, sometimes, they can access sensitive information. As a rule, PAUs collect information for their developers so they could use it for marketing purposes, sell it to third parties (potentially cybercriminals) or monetize it in other ways. It is strongly recommended not to have any PUA installed on a browser or the operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name optavut.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim iPhone is infected with viruses
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 64.227.11.5
Promoted Unwanted Application AdBlocker
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, there are many pages like optavut[.]com on the Internet, a couple of examples are landoseseq[.]com, security-protect[.]systems, and security-protect[.]systems. Usually, their notifications are designed to look like legitimate system notifications or notifications from the Apple company. However, none of these pages have anything to do with the actual Apple company (its products or services). If some app that opens pages like optavut[.]com is installed on a web browser or a device, then it should be removed as soon as possible.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most users download and install potentially unwanted apps unwillingly. Usually, they cause it through shady ads that can run certain scripts, or during downloads, installations of some free software. It is known that developers often a "bundling" method to distribute PUAs. They bundle PUAs together with other programs, integrate PUAs in downloaders, installers. As a rule, bundled apps can be found in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings that those downloaders, installers have. When users download or install programs that are bundled with PUAs without changing any of the aforementioned settings, they download and install those bundled apps too.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Applications should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites (or App Store), and via direct links. Other sources can be used to distribute potentially unwanted, or even malicious apps. It is common that unwanted software is distributed using third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites. Third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted software too. Furthermore, downloaders and installers should be checked for settings like "Advanced", "Custom" before finishing downloads, installations. It is common that those settings can be used to decline bundled applications. Advertisements appearing on untrustworthy websites tend to open other pages of this kind or even download, install unwanted software. Therefore, it is recommended not to click on those ads as well. Unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system should be removed. 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 first optavut[.]com variant:

Your system is heavily damaged by Two viruses!

We detected that your Apple iPhone is 28.1% DAMAGED because of Two harmful viruses from recent adult sites. Soon it will damage your phone's SIM card and will corrupt your contacts, photos, data, applications , etc.

If you do not remove the virus now , it will cause severe damage to your phone .
Here's what you NEED to do (step by step ) :

Step 1: Tap the button and install App for free!

Step 2: Open the App to speed up and fix your browser now!

Screenshot of the second optavut[.]com variant:

optavut.com pop-up scam second variant

Text in this variant:

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 42 seconds
Install    Cancel

Screenshot of the third optavut[.]com variant:

optavut.com pop-up scam third variant

Text in this variant:

Adblocker Update
Please download the free Adblocker app from the Apple Store to secure your web surfing

Screenshot of the app promoted via third variant:

optavut.com pop-up scam app promoted via third variant

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 optavut.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.

optavut.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove optavut.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 optavut.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 optavut.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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