How to remove pop-up from Mac OS

Complete removal instructions to uninstall pop-up

According to expert, pop-up is described as dubious websites that are mainly designed in order to encourage users to update Adobe Flash Player by using their specific webpage. Further, it is specific designed to distribute fake updater that does not update Flash player but install some unwanted or malicious software in your system without permission. In most cases, it has been noticed that people do not visit such sites intentionally usually they get redirected by some shady pages, deceptive ads or unwanted programs that are already installed on their browsers. So, we strongly advised you not to download anything from such sites or other similar pages.

Once visited, these page inform users that current versions of installed Adobe Flash Player are out of date and you need to update it now. Basically, it is used to trick user into downloading and installing rogue software by using third party webpage to earn commission. It is very likely that fake updater is designed to install some adware type software in form of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups etc. Once clicked, those ads redirect you to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads or installations. Further, these app is used to infect PC with additional malware and steal information that may cause victims data loss, financial, problems related to privacy and so on. So, one way or another you are advised not to trust on pages like pop-up.

Short summary

Name: pop-up

Type: Mac malware, Mac virus, Phishing

Promoted unwanted applications: This page promotes a fake updater of Adobe Flash Player.

Symptoms: Your Mac become slower as usual, redirects to dubious websites, display of unwanted intrusive advertisements.

Distribution: software bundling, spam emails, suspicious websites and many more.

Damage: loss of private information, internet browser tracking (Possibly privacy issues) and tons of ads and popup.

Removal: In case if your machine is infected with pop-up, then we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner.

How pop-up gets installed?

As you know, PUAs can be downloaded and installed into your device from their official websites. Most of the time user download and install them through intrusive advertisements that they click unintentionally or when those apps are included in setups of various software. As a rule, download and install of additional software are hidden behind custom, advance or similar settings of download setups. Thus, users rush and skip all those available unchanged and often cause installation of unwanted programs.

Precautionary measures

The main reasons for system infection are poor knowledge and reckless behavior therefore you must always pay attention while downloading software as well as surfing online. We recommend you to use its official websites and direct links to install applications instead of using untrustworthy software download sources like unofficial pages, free file hosting sites, p2p sharing network and so on. While installing, always read installation guide carefully till the end and choose custom or advance options and other similar settings of installation setup and deselect offers to install additionally unwanted apps.

Further, if your PC has been infected with pop-up or PUAs, then we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS that has ability to eliminate them automatically from the system. Some more removal instructions are described below in step by step manner so that you will not find any problem while performing removal process.

Automatic Removal of pop-up (Instant Solution)

The deletion and uninstallation of components related to pop-up is possible through both manual as well as automatic process. However, the manual removal steps require a lot of expertise and technical knowledge. It is advised to use an automatic pop-up removal tool so that you can remove all the threats present in the work-station in hassle-free way. Additionally, it improves the PC security setting and protects the PC from malware attacks in future.

Remove all the suspicious files, folders and PUA related to pop-up from Mac OSX

Step 1: In the /Library/LaunchAgents folder, check for all the suspicious files that are generated by the adware.

In the Go to Folder … bar, type /Library/LaunchAgents

In “LaunchAgents” folder, you can check for any suspicious files or folders and move them to “Trash”. Some of the common suspicious files types are “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist” , “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “”, and so on.

Step2: Check for suspicious files and folders created by the adware in /Library /Application Support folder

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

Go to “Application Support” folder and check for any new files or folder that looks suspicious. Doubtful applications such as “NicePlayer” and “MPlayerX” etc. should be moved to Trash

Step3: Check for suspicious files and folders created by the adware in /Library /LaunchAgents folder:

In Go to Folder bar, type /Library/LaunchAgents

In the “LaunchAgents”, select all the recently added files and folders that looks suspicious and move them to “Trash”. Example of some of the suspicious files are “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist” and so on.

Step4: Check for suspicious files and folders created by the adware in /Library /LaunchDaemons folder:

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

In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, looks for all the suspicious and doubtful files that have been recently added. Some of the example of such files are “”, “”, “”, “com.avickUpd.plist” and move them to “Trash”.

Step5: Remove pop-up from Internet Browsers

Delete Malicious Extensions from Safari

Uninstall all the extension related to pop-up from “Safari”

Open the Safari Browser, In the menu bar, select “Safari” and click on “Preferences”

In the preference window, choose “Extension” and search for any newly added suspicious extension. When any suspicious extensions get detected, select the “Uninstall” button next to them. You must know that none of the extensions are necessary for daily browsing activities.

Remove all the plug-ins related to pop-up from “Mozilla Firefox”

Delete all the add-ons related to pop-up from Mozilla Firefox

Open the Mozilla Firefox. Click on the “Open Menu” present at the top right corner of the screen. In the newly opened menu, choose “Add-ons”.

In the “Extension tab”, select all the suspicious add-ons and click on the remove button next to them. Again, you can delete all the extension as none of them are necessary for the normal browser operation

Remove Malicious Extension from Google Chrome

Delete Google Chrome add-ons related to pop-up

Open Google Chrome and click on “Chrome menu” that is located on the top-right corner of the screen. In the drop-down menu, choose “More Tools” and select “Extensions”.

In the extension window, select all the suspicious add-ons. After tracing all of them, click on the “Trash” option button next to them. Again, if require you can delete all the extensions as they are not necessary for normal browsing activities.

Step 6:  Scan the Mac PC with an automatic pop-up Removal Tool

If you execute all the steps mentioned above in your Mac as it is stated, your work-station will get free from malware. However, to be sure that your PC is free malware, it is advised to scan it with a powerful anti-malware tool. Using automatic tool is also recommended because not every victims or users have expertise and technical knowledge to execute the manual process mentioned above in a proper way.

After you download the application, you have to execute in your work-station and begin the automatic scanning. On scanning, if it shows” pop-up threats found”. You can select its files and folders and remove it.

Note: Cliick here to get the Detailed User Guide to Use the anti-malware tool