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How to remove LifeProxy

Also Known As: Ads by LifeProxy
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What kind of application is LifeProxy?

Our team has tested the LifeProxy application and found that it operates as adware. While installed, LifeProxy displays unwanted advertisements. Also, this app can read sensitive information. Most users download and install adware unknowingly since it is often promoted and distributed using shady methods.

LifeProxy adware

LifeProxy adware in detail

Advertisements displayed by LifeProxy can open scam sites like "Apple Security Center", "Your Card Was Added To Apple Pay", and other shady websites. Those pages can be designed to trick visitors into providing personal information, downloading potentially malicious apps, calling fake technical support numbers, etc.

Another reason to remove LifeProxy is that it can read sensitive information. We found that it can read passwords, phone numbers, credit card details, browsing data, and other information. Such details can be misused to steal identities and online accounts, perform fraudulent purchases, and more.

It is also important to mention that ads displayed by adware can be designed to cause unexpected downloads and installations by running certain scripts.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by LifeProxy
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-DH [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.Generic.32992433), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Searchproxy.f), Full List (VirusTotal)
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 about adware

In some cases, advertising-supported applications show ads and hijack web browsers to promote shady search engines. Usually, they replace the default search engine, homepage, and (or) new tab page with an untrustworthy search engine. Also, these apps are often designed to prevent users from undoing their modifications.

Examples of applications similar to LifeProxy are WebAge, StyleLab, and TapScroll.

How did LifeProxy install on my computer?

Apps like LifeProxy are often distributed via deceptive/fake installers. These installers are distributed via websites claiming that certain software (e.g., Adobe Flash Player) is outdated and other shady pages.

In other cases, users install adware via dubious ads, pages opened via notifications from shady pages, or software bundles (installers containing multiple apps). When installers contain adware, they have "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. Users install adware when they finish installations without changing those settings.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Download software from official websites and stores. Avoid downloads from dubious pages, third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Do not trust advertisements on shady websites or allow such websites to display notifications. Deselect apps unwanted apps additionally included in installers before completing installations.

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

A message that appears after the installation of LifeProxy adware:

LifeProxy adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

LifeProxy installed on Safari:

LifeProxy adware installed on Safari

LifeProxy's installation folder:

LifeProxy adware installation folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove LifeProxy adware using Combo Cleaner:

LifeProxy adware removal:

Remove LifeProxy-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

Manual removal of malicious Mac applications

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 adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Usually, adware diminishes the web browsing experience by displaying intrusive ads that conceal the contents of visited websites. Also, adware can slow down a computer and cause issues related to online privacy.

What does adware do?

Advertising-supported software shows unwanted advertisements. Also, it can be designed to promote fake search engines (by changing the settings of web browsers) and collect various information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Pretty often, adware is monetized by participating in affiliate programs. Its developers promote various pages, products, services, etc.

Will Combo Cleaner remove LifeProxy adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove adware. It is recommended to eliminate adware automatically (using specialized software) instead of manually. In some cases, files belonging to adware remain in the operating system after manual removal.

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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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