SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in September 2018. But we gave it an update in August 2019.
Have you encountered MyShopcoupon ads while browsing on your Mac device? If this is the case you are experiencing, it is highly likely that you have been affected by an adware program. Reports indicate that MyShopcoupon is an ad-supported application that deceptively claims to provide shopping coupons and to notify users about special offers and discounts. Even though this may seem like a useful application to keep on your system, keep in mind that it may compromise it in various ways. If you have MyShopcoupon installed on your Mac, keep in mind that you will be seeing intrusive pop-up advertisements. Interacting with these ads is also considered unsafe, because they may redirect you to sites hosting more serious malware samples.
|Short Description||The adware app will lead to pop-ups generation and may also execute other dubious or unwanted actions.|
|Symptoms||Victims may experience system performance issues and may also see intrusive ads as well as other scrips.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads, malicious scripts, e-mail spam.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MyShopcoupon.|
MyShopcoupon Distribution Methods
You may have thought that your Mac is bullet-proof against malware infections of all types, but the truth is somewhat different.
For a device, as expensive as Apple Macs are, one would expect to get an above average cybersecurity protection from unwanted malicious software. Unfortunately, it turns out that it is not that difficult at all to compromise Mac’s security defenses. Malicious intentions are not so hard to carry out if an attacker decides to do so, say “sign” a malicious software with a valid Apple developer certificate, in effect bypassing Apple’s Gatekeeper security program at the mere cost of $99.
It should be noted that MyShopcoupon has an official website where it can be downloaded from. However, downloading the app from there is the most unlikely scenario. In most cases, such adware apps are distributed via bundling it with other programs, for monetizing reasons. If the user doesn’t pay enough attention, he or she may end up installing the app alongside a piece of other, legitimate software.
Keep in mind that bundled applications are usually not disclosed properly, or not in a way where the user will instantly notice them. So, the only option you have is to be extra careful during installation and to fully read the download agreement, as well as pay attention to the custom or advanced settings.
Another possible infiltration for MyShopcoupon is if you have clicked on a dubious advertisement or link within a spam email message which led to the installation of this adware.
MyShopcoupon More Details
If you are witnessing intrusive and unwanted ads when opening your browser, you have definitely been affected by MyShopcoupon. You may also notice that your settings are changed or that more system resources are employed. The MyShopcoupon adware may have modified your web browsers by altering various settings such as the home page, search engine and new tabs page. You should also be aware that, due to the fact that the installations happen through browser applications, the adware operators can obtain all data stored therein, such as cookies, bookmarks, history, settings, and any stored account credentials.
Other system changes associated with MyShopcoupon may be the following:
- Boot Modifications — The adware can become quite persistent by modifying your system’s boot settings. This means that it will start automatically once your Mac boots and it might interfere with other services and applications.
- Trojan Component Installation — It should be mentioned that some adware instances can even include a Trojan module which can be used to take over control of the infected hosts. This is usually done by setting up a secure connection to a special server. It can be used to monitor user behavior, steal user files, or take over control of the system.
MyShopcoupon Removal Steps
In order to remove the annoying MyShopcoupon app from your Mac and to put an end to the intrusive ads, you should complete all the steps listed in the removal manual below. You are presented with both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove the intrusive adware program.
About the MyShopcoupon Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this MyShopcoupon how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on MyShopcoupon?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the MyShopcoupon threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
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Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall MyShopcoupon and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to MyShopcoupon:
4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to MyShopcoupon. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.
6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to MyShopcoupon. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MyShopcoupon via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:
2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:
3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as MyShopcoupon. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove MyShopcoupon – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove MyShopcoupon files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MyShopcoupon, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
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Step 4: How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?
Mac machines maintain probably the fastest operating system out there. Still, Macs do become slow and sluggish sometimes. The video guide below examines all of the possible problems that may lead to your Mac being slower than usual as well as all of the steps that can help you to speed up your Mac.
What is MyShopcoupon on your Mac?
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of MyShopcoupon on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like MyShopcoupon?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from MyShopcoupon?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.