Do not download files from the startmostnewestprogram.icu scam website

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 computers

What is startmostnewestprogram[.]icu?

startmostnewestprogram[.]icu encourages visitors to download and install a new version of Adobe Flash Player. In fact, it downloads the installer of a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Typically, websites such as startmostnewestprogram[.]icu are designed to trick people into installing PUAs including adware, browser hijackers, or even malicious programs like ransomware, trojans, and so on. We strongly advise against installing 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 and update the currently installed version. This page actually downloads a file named "FPlayer.zip", which contains the "FPSetup.dmg" file, supposedly the installer of a new Adobe Flash Player version. As mentioned, websites such as startmostnewestprogram[.]icu download installers of various PUAs. In some cases, the installers infect systems with various malware. They often install adware and/or browser hijackers. If installed, adware displays various advertisements such as coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, and so on. If clicked, these open untrustworthy web pages or run scripts that download and/or install potentially malicious software. Browser hijackers are programs that usually promote the addresses of fake search engines by changing certain browser settings. Most gather browsing data and other information that might contain sensitive, personal details. Adware can also be designed to gather various data. People behind these PUAs sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Sites such as startmostnewestprogram[.]icu sometimes offer download of files that install malicious software (ransomware, Trojans, and other high-risk malware). Software of this type can lead to monetary and/or data loss, identity theft, problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, installation of other malware, and other serious problems. These are the main reasons why you should avoid websites such as startmostnewestprogram[.]icu

Threat Summary:
Name startmostnewestprogram.icu pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This web page suggests that there is a new version of Adobe Flash Player, which it encourages visitors to download and install.
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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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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 Adobe Flash Player updater/installer. Other examples include startmostoriginalprogram[.]icu, mainsourceofupgrade[.]best and yourfine2upgradesfree[.]best. The only safe way to download and update software is using websites and/or tools provided by official developers. If the browser opens pages like startmostnewestprogram[.]icu automatically, it is very likely that a PUA is already installed on the browser or operating system.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, people cause download/installations of unwanted applications by clicking deceptive advertisements or downloading and/or installing software without checking settings available in the set-ups. Developers commonly include unwanted apps in download/installation set-ups of other software that people wish to download and/or install intentionally. In most cases, information about the inclusion of PUAs in set-ups can be found in 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 - in doing so, they grant PUAs permission to be downloaded and/or installed through the setups of regular programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download all software from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to use torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, unofficial websites or other channels of this kind. The same applies to installation through third party installers. Check all settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom" included in download or installation setups, and decline offers to download/install unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are shown on dubious websites. These can open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. If there are unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on the browser, they should be removed immediately. The same applies 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 screenshot of a fake installation setup of Adobe Flash Player:

startmostnewestprogram.icu fake Adobe Flash Player installer

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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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