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How to spot scam pages like reminderapp.store

Also Known As: reminderapp.store pop-up scam
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is reminderapp[.]store?

We have discovered the reminderapp[.]store site while examining various shady websites that use rogue advertising networks. We found that it runs various scams that use scare tactics to trick visitors into downloading a certain application and displays other questionable content. Thus, reminderapp[.]store website cannot be trusted.

reminderapp[.]store scam

More about the reminderapp[.]store page

Reminderapp[.]store can display a fake system notification claiming that a device has been infected with 21 viruses after visiting an adult website. This notification (and the message in the background) claims that those viruses have to be removed immediately. Otherwise, they will damage the SIM card and delete all contacts.

Another pop-up displayed by reminderapp[.]store states that someone may be watching you, and your data may be compromised. It suggests installing an application that will protect the device. A couple of other pop-ups shown by reminderapp[.]store encourage to watch some video in safe mode. At the time of the research, reminderapp[.]store promoted an app called Device Protector.

Threat Summary:
Name reminderapp.store pop-up scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim Device is infected with viruses, SIM card will be damaged, device may be tracked
Detection Names N/A (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 165.232.84.142
Promoted Application Device Protector
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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Similar scams in general

Even when websites like reminderapp[.]store promote legitimate apps, it does not mean that these pages are trustworthy. In most cases, they display fake virus or other notifications claiming that a device (or sensitive information) is or may be at risk. We have examined lots of similar sites and found that most of them promote various applications.

More examples of pages similar to reminderapp[.]store are adsafesafarifix[.]com, vinkens[.]com, protectconnection[.]icu.

How did I open a scam website?

Websites delivering pop-up scams are promoted using search engine poisoning techniques, shady ads, fake "Download" buttons appearing on dubious pages, notifications displayed by other untrustworthy pages. In some cases, these scams are promoted using adware and other questionable software. Either way, it is very uncommon for pages like reminderapp[.]store to be visited intentionally.

How to avoid visiting scam websites?

Download applications from legitimate sources such as official websites and platforms. Avoid using third-party downloaders, shady websites, P2P networks, and similar sources for downloading them. Also, do not trust advertisements and notifications displayed by questionable pages. Do not download and install apps until additionally included apps are deselected.

If your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate all threats.

Tex in the pop-up (fake system notification):

CRITICAL THREAT!
Your {device_brand} {device_model} has been infected with 21 viruses after visiting an Adult website. If the problem is not resolved immediately, viruses will damage your device, harm the SIM card and delete all your contacts.
OK

Screenshot of the background page of the main reminderapp.store variant:

reminderapp.store pop-up scam background page

Text in the background:

Apple Security
Your {device_brand} {device_model} has been infected with 21 viruses after visiting an Adult website.

If the problem is not resolved immediately, viruses will damage your device, harm the SIM card and delete all your contacts. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1: Tap the button below and install Protection app from the AppStore!

Step 2: Open Clean & Protection App and run cleaning procedure!
1 minutes and 57 seconds
Clean Device


Screenshot of the second reminderapp[.]store variant:

reminderapp.store pop-up scam second variant

Text in this pop-up:

Someone May Be Watching You
Your Data may be compromised.
Intruders may use your Apple iPhone Profile And Steal Your Data
We recommend to Clean and Protect Your Device:
    
Click below to download App.
Install and Activate Cleaner.
Use your device securely.
6 minutes 48 seconds
Install Cancel

Application promoted using the second variant:

reminderapp.store pop-up scam app promoted using second variant

Screenshot of the third reminderapp[.]store variant:

reminderapp.store pop-up scam third variant

Text in this pop-up:

0:11 / 1:38
Continue Watching in Safe Mode.

Your Connection is not Safe Install New Adblock Protection Version To Watch.

Install Protection

Screenshot of the fourth reminderapp[.]store variant:

reminderapp.store pop-up scam fourth variant

Text in this pop-up:

0:11 / 1:38
Continue Watching in Safe Mode.

Your Connection Maybe Not Safe. We Recommend to Install New Privacy Protection Version To Watch in Safe Mode.

Install Privacy Protection

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 reminderapp.store pop-up scam 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.

reminderapp.store pop-up scam removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove reminderapp.store pop-up scam 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 reminderapp.store pop-up scam 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 reminderapp.store pop-up scam 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a pop-up scam?

A pop-up scam is a type of scam used to trick website visitors into performing certain actions. Usually, pop-up scams use scare tactics or similar methods.

What is the purpose of a pop-up scam?

The purpose of such scams can be different. In most cases, scammers use them to trick visitors into providing sensitive information or remote access to their devices, infecting computers with malware, purchasing fake or unnecessary software or services.

Why do I encounter fake pop-ups?

These pop-ups are displayed on shady websites. Those pages usually get opened through deceptive ads or other pages of this kind, installed questionable apps, fake buttons, or notifications displayed by websites. In other cases, scammers use search engine poisoning techniques to trick visitors into visiting pages delivering pop-up scams.

Will Combo Cleaner protect me from pop-up scams?

Combo Cleaner can scan visited websites and detect malicious ones. Web pages that deliver pop-up scams also fall under this category. Thus, Combo Cleaner will warn you and restrict access to scam pages and other shady websites.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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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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