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How to remove apps designed to open landingsecure.com?

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

How to remove app designed to promote landingsecure[.]com?

What is landingsecure[.]com?

Landingsecure[.]com is a deceptive website used to scare its visitors into downloading and installing a certain potentially unwanted application (PUA). Usually, websites like landingsecure[.]com display fake virus or error notifications, messages encouraging visitors to solve the problem (remove fake viruses, fix fake errors) with the offered application as soon as possible. It is important to mention that users do not visit pages like landingsecure[.]com intentionally. Most of them are promoted through shady advertisements, other untrustworthy websites, and (or) potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

landingsecure[.]com scam

Landingsecure[.]com shows a fake system notification claiming that a device (iPhone) has been compromised. In the background, it displays a fake virus message claiming that a device is infected with a Trojan, and seventeen percent of its memory is damaged. The main purpose of the landingsecure[.]com page is to trick its visitors into believing that their device will become even more damaged and they will lose their accounts, photos, and payment data if they do not remove the detected virus immediately using the app that can be downloaded via "Remove Virus" button. It is worthwhile to mention that websites like landingsecure[.]com can be used to advertise legitimate applications. However, it does not ever mean that the device is actually infected or there is another problem they have supposedly detected. Although, it is possible that could pages like landingsecure[.]com could be used to trick users into installing adware, some browser hijacker, or even malicious application. In one way or another, it is strongly advisable against downloading software from websites like landingsecure[.]com.

Apps that often are used to promote pages like landingsecure[.]com are designed to serve advertisements and collect various information as well. Usually, they generate coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners, or other ads. The bigger problem is that those ads usually advertise shady, potentially malicious pages. In some cases, they can execute scripts designed to download or install unwanted software. Also, PUAs tend to be used as tools to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, and other browsing-related details. In some cases, their developers design them to gather sensitive data. It is important to know that collected data gathered by PUAs could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, users who have some PUA installed on a browser or computer are likely to encounter issues related to privacy, browsing safety, and other problems.

Threat Summary:
Name landingsecure.com pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Device is compromised (infected with a Trojan virus)
Serving IP Address 167.71.172.5
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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Landingsecure[.]com is more or less similar to a great number of other websites that use the same tactic to trick visitors into downloading and installing potentially unwanted software. Some examples of pages similar to landingsecure[.]com are landoseseq[.]com, security-protect[.]systems, and yourlandsecurity[.]com. It is important to mention that these pages are designed to display messages designed to look like notifications from the Apple websites or the iOS system. However, the actual Apple company (its websites, products, or services) have nothing to do with pages like landingsecure[.]com or the fake warnings they display.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

It is common that potentially unwanted applications are distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Developers bundle PUAs with other programs and hope that users will not decline offers to download or install them. Typically, such offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings (or alongside checkboxes) that those downloaders, installers have. When users download or install programs without checking and changing any settings, they allow for any bundled applications to download or installed as well. In some cases, users cause unintentional downloads or installations by clicking on deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. Usually, ads of this type appear on untrustworthy, potentially malicious sites.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs and files should not be downloaded from unofficial pages, through third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), or other sources of this kind or installed with third-party, unofficial installers. Apps should should be downloaded, from official pages or legitimate platforms like App Store. Furthermore, downloads and installations should not be finished without checking downloaders and installers for "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", and other settings, or checkboxes. It is important to check downloaders and installers for bundled applications and opt them out (decline unwanted offers). Ads that appear on shady pages should not be clicked as well. They may be designed to cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications, or simply open other, potentially malicious sites. All unknown, unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser (or programs of this kind installed on the operating system), should be uninstalled. 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 fake system message:

YOUR IPHONE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED
Immediate Action Is Required!
OK

Screenshot of the background page:

landingsecure.com pop-up scam background page

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.

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 landingsecure.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.

landingsecure.com pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove landingsecure.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 landingsecure.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 landingsecure.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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