Do not download files from startmostnewestprogram.icu scam page

Also Known As: startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove apps that open startmostnewestprogram[.]icu from Mac?

What is startmostnewestprogram[.]icu?

Startmostnewestprogram[.]icu is a website which offers visitors to download and install a new version of Adobe Flash Player. However, it downloads an installer of some potentially unwanted application (PUA). Typically, websites like startmostnewestprogram[.]icu are designed to trick people into installing PUAs like adware, browser hijackers or even malicious programs like ransomware, trojans, and so on. We strongly recommend not to install any software downloaded from startmostnewestprogram[.]icu or other deceptive, untrustworthy websites.

startmostnewestprogram[.]icu scam

When visited, startmostnewestprogram[.]icu displays a pop-up window with an offer to download a new version of Adobe Flash Player/update a currently installed version. This page is designed to download the file named "FPlayer.zip" which contains the "FPSetup.dmg" file, supposedly an installer of a new Adobe Flash Player version. As we mentioned in the introduction, websites like startmostnewestprogram[.]icu are designed to download installers of various PUAs, in some cases those installers are designed to infect systems with various malware. Quite often they install adware and/or browser hijackers. If installed, adware displays various advertisements like coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, and so on. If clicked, those ads either open various untrustworthy pages or run scripts that download and/or install potentially malicious software. Browser hijackers are programs that usually are designed to promote addresses of fake search engines by changing certain browser's settings. Also, most of them gather browsing data and other information that may contain sensitive, personal details. It is worth mentioning that adware can be designed to gather various data too. People behind these PUAs tend to sell collected data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Sometimes pages like startmostnewestprogram[.]icu offer to download files that are designed to install various malicious software (ransomware, Trojans, and other high-risk malware). Software of this type can lead to monetary and/or data loss, identity theft, problems related to privacy, browsing safety, installation of other malware, and other serious problems. These are the main reasons while websites like startmostnewestprogram[.]icu should never be trusted.

Threat Summary:
Name startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim This page suggests that there is a new version of Adobe Flash Player and encourages visitors to download, and install it.
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 34.202.53.95
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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Startmostnewestprogram[.]icu is not the only website that is designed to trick people into installing unwanted, potentially malicious software through a fake updater/installer of Adobe Flash Player. Here are some more examples: startmostoriginalprogram[.]icu, mainsourceofupgrade[.]best and yourfine2upgradesfree[.]best. The only safe way to download or update any software is to do that by using websites and/or tools that are designed (provided) by official developers. It is worth mentioning that if a browser opens pages like startmostnewestprogram[.]icu by itself, then it is very likely that some PUA is already installed on it (or operating system).

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, people cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted applications by clicking deceptive advertisements or downloading and/or installing software without checking settings that are available in its setups. It is quite common for developers to include unwanted apps in download and/or installation setups of some other software that people usually download and/or install intentionally. In most cases information about PUAs being included in setups can be found in their settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. This distribution method of potentially unwanted software is called "bundling". It works when people leave the aforementioned settings unchanged, by doing so they give any included PUA a permission to be downloaded and/or installed through a setup of a desired program.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to download all software from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to do that by using torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, unofficial websites and other channels of this kind. The same applies to installations through third party installers. Furthermore, we advise to always check all settings like "Advanced", "Custom" that are (if are) included in any download or installation setup and decline offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Also, it is not safe to click intrusive ads, especially if they are shown on shady websites. Those ads usually open untrustworthy websites, or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there are any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser, then they should be removed as soon as possible. The same should be to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text in the main pop-up window:

Software Update

 

Flash Player Update
Download new version

 

Update now


Flash Player is an essential plugin for your browser that allows you to view everything from video to games and animation on the web.

Flash Player supports several data formats including AMF, SWF, XML and JSON. The multimedia formats which are supported by Flash Player include .MP3, .FLV, .JPEG, .GIF, .PNG and .RTMP.

 

Other supported features include accelerated graphics rendering, multi-thread video decoding and webcam support.

 

Later Install

Appearance of startmostnewestprogram[.]icu scam (GIF):

Appearance of startmostnewestprogram[.]icu scam (GIF)

Screenshot of a fake installation setup of Adobe Flash Player:

startmostnewestprogram.icu fake Adobe Flash Player installer

Another sreenshot of a fake installation setup of Adobe Flash Player:

startmostnewestprogram.icu fake Adobe Flash Player installer

Instant automatic removal of startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up: 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 startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove 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 startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up 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.

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

startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up 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 startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up 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 startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up 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.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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