How to stop browsers opening fixheavilyadvancedprogram.icu

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

How to remove apps downloaded from fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu on Mac computers

What is fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu?

fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu is one of many deceptive websites that offer download and installation of the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. In fact, they download the installers of various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Some might download malicious files designed to infect systems with high-risk malware. We strongly recommend against downloading files from fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu or other similar websites offering updates to Adobe Flash Player or other legitimate software.

fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu scam

When opened, fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu displays a pop-up window with an offer to download a new Adobe Flash Player version. At the time of research, however, it downloaded a ZIP file containing a file named "MediaDownloaderd.dmg". This is the installer of a PUA called Media Player (a.k.a MediaDownloader Video Player). It is likely that this PUA operates as adware - software that feeds users with intrusive advertisements. Typically, apps of this type display ads (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads) that conceal underlying content of most/all visited web pages. Furthermore, if clicked, they usually open various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. In some cases, the ads execute scripts designed to download and/or install other PUAs. Websites such as fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu are commonly designed to trick people into downloading the installers of other PUAs. For example, browser hijackers. In most cases, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings. PUAs of this type often collect browsing-related (and other) data. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited web pages, geolocations, etc. In some cases, they record personal details. Websites that offer to update Adobe Flash Player sometimes download installers that infect systems with ransomware, Trojans, and other high-risk malware. Therefore, having a computer infected with such malware can lead to serious problems such as identity theft, monetary, data loss, problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, and so on. Do not download any software or files from fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu or other, similar sites.

Threat Summary:
Name fixheavilyadvancedprogram.icu pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Fake Claim This web page claims that there is a new version of Adobe Flash Player that can be downloaded from it.
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List (VirusTotal).
Serving IP Address 3.219.103.134
Promoted Unwanted Application Media Player (MediaDownloader Video Player).
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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There are many other web pages similar to fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu. Some examples include operateuberdevelopedprogram[.]icu, operatedevelopeduberprogram[.]icu and installcompletelyspeedyprogram[.]icu. Typically, people do not visit these sites intentionally - they are redirected to them through other rogue pages, clicked deceptive ads, or PUAs already installed on the browser and/or operating system.

How did potentially unwanted applications become installed on my computer?

In most cases, this happens when people click dubious, deceptive advertisements or download and/or install various software without checking the settings (in the setup). In many cases, developers have successfully tricked people into downloading and/or installing PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They distribute PUAs in this way by including unwanted apps into the set-ups of software (usually free). They place offers to download and/or install unwanted apps into settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. When people download and/or install software without checking or changing these settings, they often download/install their software with additional PUAs included in the setup.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download all software from official and trustworthy websites and avoid third party downloaders, installers, unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule) and other channels of this type to download/install software. Check all download/installation settings ("Custom", "Advanced") available in the setup - these often include additional offers to download/install unwanted software (dismiss these before finishing the process). Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages (e.g, adult dating, gambling, pornography). Typically, they open untrustworthy websites or cause download/installation of unwanted, potentially malicious programs. In most cases, browsers can be prevented from displaying ads and/or causing redirects to dubious sites by removing all unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons. Also remove programs of this kind from operating systems. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

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

Appearance of fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu scam (GIF)

Text in the main pop-up:

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 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

Screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer and files dowloaded from fixheavilyadvancedprogram[.]icu:

fake Adobe Flash Player installer downloaded from fixheavilyadvancedprogram.icu

Another screenshot of a fake Adobe Flash Player installer downloaded from fixheavilyadvancedprogram.icu with Media Player included within:

fake Adobe Flash Player installer downloaded from fixheavilyadvancedprogram.icu

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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 fixheavilyadvancedprogram.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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

fixheavilyadvancedprogram.icu pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove fixheavilyadvancedprogram.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 fixheavilyadvancedprogram.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 fixheavilyadvancedprogram.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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