What is Bundlore? How to remove Bundlore?
The Bundlelore PUP is a malware for Mac which is very popular among hacking groups as it is widely spread acrosss the Internet. Derivative versions can be created by various criminal collectives and can implement various modules in it. It is categorized as a PUP as there are many derivatives available. In reality there may be a legitimate and safe tool that shares the same name however most of the releases are malicious in nature.
We have received confirmation that the Bundlelore PUP is bundled with the following application installers:
As soon as the engine is run various malicious files will be dropped to both user and system directories. They will contain the included Trojan module which will connect to a certain hacker-controlled server. It allows the operators to both drop other threats and also take over control of the affected computers.
One of the end goals of this threat is to install a specific browser hijacker which is a dangerous browser-based plugin that once installed will modify the most important settings in order to automatically redirect them to a given page. As the infection is caused through the web browser the contained information will be automatically downloaded by the criminals.
The current versions are set to install the Chumsearch.com redirect. Future versions might alter it and choose another threat.
|Short Description||Bundlore is a PUP, developed by Nevaeh Peterson. This can be a stolen or fake identity that is used in order to persuade the victims that it is a legitimate and safe app.|
|Symptoms||Pop-up boxes, messages, and alerts may appear on your Mac machine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Suspicious Sites|
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Bundlore – Why Do I Have It and What Can It Do?
The Bundlore unwanted application is being effectively distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. You can get your Mac affected by it without even being aware, that the Bundlore has installed on your machine with a freeware installation or bundled package. You might avoid this, by unchecking options under the Advanced or Custom tab of an installation suite. Visiting suspicious sites, for instance the site of the Bundlore PUP, might get the program installed to your Mac.
Bundlore is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and it is developed by the company PCVARK. The company is known to have lots of applications which are considered PUPs and also pushes advertisements along with their software to promote other applications. Bundlore is known to show advertising pop-ups (such as the one displayed a little further below).
Bundlore could show a reasonably convincing, but fake variant of the normal OS X dialog message box which says that no suitable app is installed. The fake message box links to the official Bundlore website, owned by PCVARK, which tries to install Advanced Mac Cleaner or similar applications. All these programs have a valid, Apple-provided developer certificate, thus macOS will install them without prompting a warning or a notification of any sort.
This message tries to trick many Mac users, with scare tactics, into installing more junk on their machines.
If you want to remove the Bundlore unwanted software from your Mac machine we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac systems. With a specific anti-malware program, your computer will remain with a better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.
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 Bundlelore PUP 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:
- 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 Bundlelore PUP 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:
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 Bundlelore PUP – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Bundlelore PUP files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Bundlelore PUP, 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.
Bundlelore PUP FAQ
What is Bundlelore PUP 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 Bundlelore PUP 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 Bundlelore PUP?
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 Bundlelore PUP?
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 website, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.