ScamZapper
ScamZapper
2.1.2

4.8

ScamZapper free download for Mac

ScamZapper

2.1.2
14 May 2018

Stops bogus technical support pop-ups from locking up Safari.

Overview

ScamZapper is an application which mainly functions as a way to install our Safari extension. After it's installed, you can run the application again if you want to report a new scam website, or to help you get rid of a pop-up that ScamZapper doesn't catch.

The ScamZapper extension targets a specific kind of pop-up: the worst kind. These pop-ups will usually claim that your computer has been infected with a virus, and you need to call a number for assistance. That's bad enough as it is, but there is usually no way to close out of the pop-up, as they usually lock up your browser. ScamZapper prevents the pages from loading, and is updated constantly as the scammers register new domains.

If you encounter a pop-up that won't go away and is not currently in ScamZapper's database, you can just run the application, select "Troubleshoot Pop-up," and ScamZapper will run through a series of automated troubleshooting steps to get rid of it.

What's new in ScamZapper

Version 2.1.2:
  • Fixes an issue where certain information was not relayed when reporting a scam site
  • Updates the database of scam pop-ups

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Kenm22
12 September 2015

Most helpful

I have an idea for BigJohnson. Why don't you just get your money back and move on.
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Version 1.3.6
Sgilbert
14 May 2018
Have tried everything to update to 2.1.2, but to no avail. I don't care how good or necessary an app is; If I have to jump through hoops too much to get it, It's 'outta here'! Pretty lousy way to distribute software!
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Version 2.1.2
2 answer(s)
Sgilbert
Sgilbert
15 May 2018
Finally got it, but it took Firefox to do it. Had to go through dev's site, though.
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BryanatMU
BryanatMU
15 May 2018
Hey there, it should be working now. Let us know if you find any more issues with this.
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DragonMaster
24 February 2018
Not asingle Scam has made its way into my Mac since I got it! Nuff said!
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Version 2.1.1
Franko
25 October 2017
Version 2.1 mistakenly thinks I have Safari Tech Preview installed and won't update the extension. Instead it coughs up: :ls: /Users/Frank/Library/SafariTechnologyPreview/Extensions: No such file or directory:" Dev has been notified. Mac Pro running El Cap, Safari Version 11.0 (11604.1.38.1.7)
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Version 2.1
1 answer(s)
Jbmelby
Jbmelby
16 November 2017
I go the same result trying to install it with High Sierra.
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lemonb3519
29 August 2016
Loaded flawlessly in El Captain 10.11.6. I have had no issues with the app and no issues with pop-ups.
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Version 2.0.3
Stronachab
09 January 2016
I downloaded ScamZapper using MacUpdate Desktop but got an error message after download saying that permission to install had been denied. I tried downloading a zip file from MacUpdate. I got the same message. I did this a couple times more each. Same result. Eventually, I looked deeper into the underlying code of the message and found a warning that MacUpdate had bundled adware with ScamZapper downloads from the MacUpdate site and that safe downloads came only directly from the developer's website. I downloaded ScamZapper directly from the developer's site, as advised, and it has installed and seems to be working fine. I have never had an issue with MacUpdate downloads. Indeed, I think the facility is tremendous in keeping me up to speed and my Mac up to date. However, I mention this issue just in case anyone else has a similar problem.
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Version 1.4.5
Harv
08 January 2016
Things had been well until v1.4.5. Now, when I click the app, I get a caution noting three saved states and the Safari Extension remains at v1.4.4. What am I doing wrong?
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Version 1.4.5
2 answer(s)
Sgilbert
Sgilbert
08 January 2016
Same here.
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Harv
Harv
10 January 2016
Finally, I figured it out. At least this is what worked for me:
1. Delete the ScamZapper app. Using AppDelete or such will help.
2. Delete (trash) all the Saved State applications that had been appearing when trying to launch ScamZapper. It may help to print out the Alert dialog so that you may better find the “conflicting/interfering” files.
3. Your Admin PW will be required to delete the miscreant files.
4. Empty trash & restart.
5. Download a fresh copy ScamZapper and (re)install.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
13 September 2015
The developer says he responds to user feedback, but I don't feel like joining yet another blog. So I'll post my issue here. When I unzip the ScamZapper download and launch the app, I get an error message saying the app is broken and offering to move it to the trash. To get a functional copy I have to unpack it using Pacifist. I wonder why the developer cannot, like most others, compress his file so that it can be opened with OS X's own Archive Utility?
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Version 1.3.6
3 answer(s)
mdl00
mdl00
13 September 2015
We've never had any issues whatsoever unpacking using Archive Utility, nor have any other issues of that been reported. Furthermore, there is no such error message that ScamZapper might display that suggests moving it to the trash. Please take a screenshot of what you see, and send it by email to appleclubissues@gmail.com.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
21 November 2015
@ Apple Club (Developer): I discovered through some related research what causes the problem I reported. I normally have security set to Allow apps downloaded from the Mac App Store and identified developers. If I change it to Allow apps download from Anywhere, ScamZapper runs as it should. This tells me that ScamZapper is not from an Apple identified developer. It's not a problem if we have reason to trust the developer, but it seems to me you should know how this security setting affects your app. After running ScamZapper I then re-set security back to where I had it.
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mdl00
mdl00
24 November 2015
Thank you for following up, and glad you got to the bottom of it. We are aware of this and include it in the instructions on the download page for ScamZapper on our website. You don't even need to adjust your security settings, you can just right click on the app icon and choose "Open."

Unfortunately, Apple makes you pay them to be an "identified" developer, which is why this workaround is currently necessary. We do plan on taking care of this in the future.
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Kenm22
12 September 2015
I have an idea for BigJohnson. Why don't you just get your money back and move on.
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Version 1.3.6
2 answer(s)
Amcarter3
Amcarter3
04 January 2016
i agree.
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lemonb3519
lemonb3519
29 August 2016
BigJohnson is obviously not the type that can be pleased. The developer has more than gone the extra mile with this guy and it's a free app to boot so I am ignoring any feedback from BigJohnson. Credos to the developer for a great app and also fro providing it for free.
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Web-Jive
10 September 2015
For the dev. :) Here's a site that seems to get by Scamzapper.. dodster.com Easy typo to get to dotster.com
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Version 1.3.5
3 answer(s)
mdl00
mdl00
11 September 2015
Thanks for letting us know!

To ensure that we see reports like this, please use the "Report a New Scam" button from ScamZapper's main menu.
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Web-Jive
Web-Jive
11 September 2015
Will do! Thx :)
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mdl00
mdl00
11 September 2015
No problem!
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Web-Jive
27 August 2015
Just an FYI, the Safari extension won't install on my 10.10.5 system. Even if I Show Contents of the app and double click the extension directly.
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Version 1.3.5
3 answer(s)
mdl00
mdl00
27 August 2015
If the extension doesn't even work by a manual install, then this sounds more like an OS X issue. We'll still look into it; thanks for reporting this.
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Harv
Harv
27 August 2015
I too am running 10.10.5 and had no issues with the install. Perhaps it is because I ensured SZ was quit before trying the install. Or, maybe it's a bug unique to certain configurations or other apps/processes running in the background.

I mention this as a data point, not to be confrontational.

Sorry my help is not much-
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
09 September 2015
Nothing wrong with the extension, installed fine on my 10.10.4 and still works after updating to 10.10.5.

However, I keep it disabled because I think it sucks and just haven't removed it yet - keep thinking maybe I'll try it again someday if it's improved.
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