Remove PremiumForward adware from browsers

Also Known As: Ads by PremiumForward
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove PremiumForward from Mac?

What is PremiumForward?

PremiumForward supposed to help users to search the web (provide accurate results, search web fast, etc.). However, this application is classified as adware. Apps of this type are designed to feed users with intrusive, often deceptive advertisements and gather various details. This particular app, when installed on Safari, forces users to visit lkysearchex21307-a.akamaihd[.]net, an address of untrustworthy page as well. As a rule, people do not install adware willingly (intentionally), for this reason PremiumForward can be called a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

PremiumForward adware

People who have PremiumForward installed on their browsers are forced to see various advertisements. Typically, software of this type displays intrusive ads in forms of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. If clicked, these ads often redirect people to questionable, untrustworthy websites. Sometimes they can be designed to run scripts that cause download or installation of some other PUA, or even malicious program. Moreover, PremiumForward is designed to gather various data. Typically, apps like this one record IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. Research shows that PremiumForward can access information from web pages such as passwords, phone numbers and credit card details. Typically, adware developers share gathered information with other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by PremiumForward
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (PremiumForward.app.zip) Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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PremiumForward is virtually identical to a number of other adware-type apps, for example, SystemJump, BrowserToday and CoordinatorLinks. In most cases their developers present them as useful, legitimate applications. Unfortunately, having them installed can cause privacy issues, problems with browsing safety or even more serious problems like identity theft. Besides, apps of this type usually do not provide any value. In other words, they do not operate as they are advertised.

How did PremiumForward install on my computer?

As a rule, users download (and install) PUAs like PremiumForward inadvertently. Quite often unwanted downloads or/and installations are being caused by clicking deceptive advertisements. However, there is another popular way to distribute unwanted apps - by including them in setups of other software. This distribution method is known as "bundling". In most cases developers hide additionally included apps in settings of setups such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. Various PUAs get permissions to be downloaded or/and installed together with other, desired software when people leave all settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to download software only from official websites and using direct download links. It is not safe to download (or install) it it using third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), questionable, unofficial websites, and so on. Furthermore, we advise to always check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings that are included in setups and opt-out offers to download or install some additional, unwanted apps.  Also, intrusive advertisements should not be trusted. When clicked, they usually redirect people to untrustworthy websites or run scripts that download or even install unwanted programs. And finally, to stop a browser from causing unwanted redirects or/and displaying ads we recommend to remove all unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on it. Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with PremiumForward, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once PremiumForward installation is over:

pop-up displayed once PremiumForward installation is done

PremiumForward installed on Safari:

PremiumForward adware installed on Safari browser

 PremiumForward installation folder:

PremiumForward installation folder and its contents

Instant automatic removal of Ads by PremiumForward: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by PremiumForward. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove PremiumForward adware using Combo Cleaner:

PremiumForward adware removal:

Remove PremiumForward-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select "Applications". In the applications folder, look for "MPlayerX", "NicePlayer", or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove ads by premiumforward related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

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

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

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

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by PremiumForward removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by premiumforward related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove ads by premiumforward related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove ads by premiumforward related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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