How to remove ProgressExpert adware from the operating system

Also Known As: Ads by ProgressExpert
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove ProgressExpert adware from Mac computers

What is ProgressExpert?

ProgressExpert is an adware-type app that has browser hijacker characteristics. It operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns, making modifications to browser settings and promoting a fake search engine. ProgressExpert promotes Safe Finder through akamaihd.net. Additionally, most adware programs and browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities employed to monitor users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable tactics used to distribute ProgressExpert, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

ProgressExpert adware

Adware enables the placement of third party graphical content, frequently on any visited website. Software under this classification delivers pop-ups, surveys, coupons, banners and other intrusive advertisements. These ads overlay web pages and reduce browsing speed. When clicked, intrusive advertisements redirect to various untrusted and malicious websites, and some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install rogue content (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers modify browsers by reassigning the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of bogus search engines. Fake search engines have no genuine value, as they usually cannot provide unique results - they tend to redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other legitimate sites. ProgressExpert promotes Safe Finder (via akamaihd.net) in this manner. Furthermore, browser hijackers can limit or deny access to the affected browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. Therefore, to recover a hijacker browser, the software responsible (in this case, ProgressExpert) must be removed. Furthermore, most unwanted applications can track data, and it is highly likely that ProgressExpert has such capabilities as well. PUAs can record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data often contains personally identifiable information, which is typically monetized by PUA developers by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) also seeking to misuse it for financial gain. Therefore, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can result in system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProgressExpert
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Additional Information This application belongs to Adload malware family.
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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HermesLookupUniversalWebResultsCapitalCharacterSearch and PanelNotes are some examples of other adware-type apps. They may seem to be legitimate and useful software, and people are often enticed into download/installation with offers of of "useful" features. In fact, the functionality promised is seldom operational. This is common to all PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs deliver intrusive ad campaigns, modify browsers, cause redirects and track private information.

How did ProgressExpert install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together other products. This deceptive marketing technique of packing normal software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". When downloading/installing, ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options or otherwise rushing through these processes increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content onto devices. Some PUAs have "official" promotional web pages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive advertisements can infiltrate these applications into systems as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products, prior to download/installation or purchase. Perform all downloads from official and verified sources. Untrusted channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting (freeware) websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive or bundled content, and should thus be avoided. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, study all available options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, functions and other additions. Exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive ads may seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with ProgressExpert, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ProgressExpert installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once ProgressExpert installation is done

ProgressExpert redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net:

ProgressExpert redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

ProgressExpert adware installation folder:

ProgressExpert adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ProgressExpert adware using Combo Cleaner:

ProgressExpert adware removal:

Remove ProgressExpert-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 progressexpert 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.

Ads by ProgressExpert removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by progressexpert 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 progressexpert 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 progressexpert 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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