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ubikReader-- what is this about from app store update

2877 Views 40 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2013 4:18 AM by giganet RSS
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,455 points)

    There are no known viruses on Macs, at least none I have seen reported.  

     

    Whatever Ubikreader is, simply feed the name into google and settle down to read. As it seems there are many ways of contracting Ubikreader it would be best to check out these pages and links to see which may apply to you.  

     

    We, here, cannot know where you have surfed and therefore where you came into contact with it..

  • salmanlse Calculating status...

    hi thanks for your reply. No HP update is not an issue. i never installed any HP update

  • salmanlse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi, installed easyfind app but couldnt find the app.

  • IRON-J Calculating status...

    I do wish someone could tell us how to get rid of this pesky app.

     

    UbikReader is not located anywhere on my HDD yet it is still coming up as an update in the appstore.

     

    I have performed everything from reindexing my hard drive to using Appcleaner to no avail. I even tried other cleaning apps like CCleaner and CleanMyMac without success.

     

    Please if anyone has a fix do let us all know. It is frustrating.

  • BenTrovato Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:29 AM (in response to IRON-J)

    I too am having the same issue with the same email address and can absolutely confirm I have never instaleld UBIK PDF Reader.  This is very strange and nobody seems to have a solution.  I cannot even form a hypothesis of how this could appear on my machine.

  • salmanlse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i just purchased and activated the macbook on 26th january and this update bug popped up on the very next day. i didnt installed any app from app store but this update was already there from the start. Had i been using the mac for some time it could have been understandable that i mistakenly visited some site.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,455 points)

    Hello Yuki,

     

    Since we discussed this problem earlier in the thread several others have joined it and even started new threads.    Oddly, no-one seems to have searched through Google as I recommended, or commented on the large number of entries there.

     

    From those entries it may be possible to find a clue as to where they may have picked up the infection (for loss of a better word) as there are mentions of Bit torrent, Pinterest, iTunes, the App store and multiple others.   As I also said, we here cannot imagine where any particular person has surfed.

     

    Not so long ago it was discovered that the notorious MacKeeper was being picked up unknowingly and I am sure some of the senior contributors here are watching with interest.   Hopefully they will come up with some ideas.   Meanwhile, later today, I shall be sending some feedback to Apple about this.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)

    The problem here is actually quite simple. Someone (this peter.chmel@chello.at) has stolen an App Store app by using a certificate extracted from ubikReader and inserting that in another app. He has then uploaded that app somewhere, and everyone else here suffering from the problem has illegally downloaded it.

     

    To solve the problem, delete the stolen software from your hard drive.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,455 points)

    Hello Thomas,

     

    I knew someone knowledgeable would take an interest; thank you.   So people will need to remember which apps they have downloaded since they first came across this Ubikreader nuisance in order to isolate the cause.   And we have to hope the perpetrator has not infected a string of apps in this way, yes?

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)

    we have to hope the perpetrator has not infected a string of apps in this way, yes?

     

    Well, note that it's inaccurate to say "infected." This isn't a virus or anything along those lines. This is someone who used a fairly well-known trick to steal software and then uploaded that stolen software to a place where others could illegally download it for free. This is software piracy, not a malware issue. And everyone posting here to say they're having the same problem has outed themselves as guilty of software piracy. Hope Apple's not watching!

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,455 points)

    Thanks Thomas,

     

    So my comment that we here, would have no idea where people had been surfing was in fact a pointer to this illegal downloading.

     

    *** Hope Apple's not watching! ***  you wrote.   Oh dear, and I've just sent the feedback I promised. 

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)

    Lol!

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