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MyMacUpdater/Shopperify virus: remove fake MacUpdate from Mac

Learn how the MyMacUpdater and Shopperify ads viruses manifest themselves and remove them from Mac using a specially crafted security procedure.

Malvertising is shaping up to be an increasingly serious issue for Macs. A slew of PUAs (potentially unwanted applications) out there infiltrate computers and laptops stealthily and then wreak havoc with the way web pages are rendered to users. A really unsettling thing about this segment of the threat landscape is that the ne’er-do-wells in charge of such schemes are starting to employ growingly intricate tactics to reach their goals. For example, there is an ongoing large-scale malware campaign revolving around the app called MyMacUpdater, or MacUpdater. As it is running in the background on a targeted host beyond the victim’s sight, its main objective is to promote additional perpetrating code like the Shopperify adware.

‘Official’ website for Shopperify

MyMacUpdater virus proper is making the rounds via trojanized downloads. The infection chain typically involves a free application offered on uncertified software portals for Mac. The harmless-looking applet of the would-be prey’s choice can only be installed as part of a package, so it is a run-of-the-mill bundling hype. The contamination takes place on condition that the user accepts the default setup terms without exploring the custom option that allows deselecting unwanted items. Once inside, the offending code adds the com.MyMacUpdater.agent.plist entry to LaunchDaemons path under Library directory. This way, it gets enough privileges to manage system processes and trigger certain events behind the scenes.

MyMacUpdater promotes ad-serving malware that affects web pages

As it has been mentioned, the MyMacUpdater virus is aimed at downloading various types of malware onto a target Mac. In the past, it propped the distribution of the ad-serving infection known as OptiBuy. Currently, it is promoting an adware sample called Shopperify. When on board, it establishes obfuscated connection with a remote server and downloads said PUA without the victim’s authorization. An entry called com.Shopperify.agent.plist consequently ends up inside LaunchDaemons, just like the original infection.

The adware then focuses on tweaking the display of visited web pages. It generates what’s called a virtual layer that includes a variety of advertisements. These ads are presented on top of original site content. They include deals, comparison shopping boxes, special offers, coupons, freebies, banners, in-text and interstitial ads. The latter two types are particularly obnoxious – hyperlinked inline text is a piece of cake to click accidentally, and transitional ads assume the form of splash screens that may sit in the background and eat up the Mac’s resources. These items are usually labeled “Ads by Shopperify”, “Shopperify ads”, or “Brought by Shopperify”. Long story short, neither MyMacUpdater virus nor its protégé Shopperify adware belongs inside a Mac, so follow the steps below to get rid of both.

MyMacUpdater / Shopperify virus manual removal for Mac

The steps listed below will walk you through the removal of this malicious application. Be sure to follow the instructions in the order specified.

• Open up the Utilities folder as shown below

Open up the Utilities

• Locate the Activity Monitor icon on the screen and double-click on it

Locate the Activity Monitor

• Under Activity Monitor, find the entry / entries for MyMacUpdater, Shopperify, MacUpdater, MySoftUpdate, My-Soft-Update, or CoreUpdates, select it and click Quit Process

• A dialog should pop up, asking if you are sure you would like to quit the troublemaking process. Select the Force Quit option

• Click the Go button again, but this time select Applications on the list. Find the entry for MyMacUpdater / Shopperify on the interface, right-click on it and select Move to Trash. If user password is required, go ahead and enter it

Shopperify icon under Applications

• Now go to Apple Menu and pick the System Preferences option

Pick the System Preferences

• Select Accounts and click the Login Items button. Mac OS will come up with the list of the items that launch when the box is started up. Locate MyMacUpdater / Shopperify there and click on the “-“ button

 

Get rid of Shopperify ads in web browser

To begin with, settings for the web browser that got hit by the Shopperify ads malware should be restored to their default values. The overview of steps for this procedure is as follows:

1. Reset Safari

• Open the browser and go to Safari menu. Select Reset Safari in the drop-down list

• Make sure all the boxes are ticked on the interface and hit Reset

Resrt Safari

2. Reset Google Chrome

• Open Chrome and click the Customize and Control Google Chrome menu icon

• Select Options for a new window to appear

• Select Under the Hood tab, then click Reset to defaults button

Reset Chrome

3. Reset Mozilla Firefox

• Open Firefox and select HelpTroubleshooting Information

• On the page that opened, click the Reset Firefox button

Reset Firefox

 

Get rid of MyMacUpdater / Shopperify virus using Freshmac removal tool

When confronted with malicious code like the MyMacUpdater / Shopperify virus on Mac, you can neutralize its toxic impact by leveraging a specially crafted system utility. The Freshmac application (read review) is a perfect match for this purpose as it delivers essential security features along with must-have modules for Mac optimization.

This tool cleans unneeded applications and persistent malware in one click. It also protects your privacy by eliminating tracking cookies, frees up disk space, and manages startup apps to decrease boot time. On top of that, it boasts 24/7 tech support. The following steps will walk you through automatic removal of the MyMacUpdater virus Mac infection.

1. Download Freshmac installer onto your machine. Double-click the Freshmac.pkg file to trigger the installer window, select the destination disk and click Continue. The system will display a dialog asking for your password to authorize the setup. Type the password and click Install Software.

Download Freshmac

2. Once the installation has been completed, Freshmac will automatically start a scan consisting of 5 steps. It scans cache, logs, unused languages, trash, and checks the Mac for privacy issues.

Freshmac scan start

3. The scan report will then display your current system health status and the number of issues detected for each of the above categories. Click the Fix Safely button to remove junk files and address privacy issues spotted during the scan.

Freshmac scan report
System Status verdict by Freshmac
Cache Cleanup section of Freshmac scan report
Privacy Cleaner

4. Check whether the MyMacUpdater problem has been fixed. If it perseveres, go to the Uninstaller option on Freshmac GUI. Locate an entry that appears suspicious, select it and click Fix Safely button to force-uninstall the unwanted application.

Uninstaller pane

5. Go to Temp and Startup Apps panes on the interface and have all redundant or suspicious items eliminated as well. The MyMacUpdater malware shouldn’t be causing any further trouble.

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