How to remove UpgradeAnalog adware from your operating system?

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

How to remove UpgradeAnalog adware from Mac?

What is UpgradeAnalog?

UpgradeAnalog is an adware-type application that has common traits with browser hijackers. After successful infiltration, this app delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns, alters browser settings and promotes fake search engines. UpgradeAnalog promotes Safe Finder via akamaihd.net. Due to the questionable methods used to distribute UpgradeAnalog, it is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Most PUAs have data tracking abilities and it is highly likely that UpgradeAnalog has such as well.

UpgradeAnalog adware

Adware delivers various undesirable and harmful ads, e.g. pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc. These advertisements severely diminish the browsing experience. They limit browsing speed and website visibility (by overlaying page content). Upon being clicked, intrusive adverts redirect to untrustworthy/malicious sites and some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers promote / cause redirects to illegitimate web searchers addresses by assigning them as browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/widow URLs. These fake search engines are usually unable to generate search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate ones. UpgradeAnalog promotes (through akamaihd.net) Safe Finder. Furthermore, browser hijackers can reset any user changes made, if they do not restrict/deny access to the browser's settings outright. Most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) can track data. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). What is more, most PUA developers share/sell this information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect browser/system and user safety, it is strongly advised to immediately eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UpgradeAnalog
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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Adware-type applications rarely appear suspicious, they tend to look legitimate and harmless; CompeteServiceSearchToolHelperPrimaryIndexer are a few examples of this software. Users are tempted into download/installation with offers of various "useful" features. However, the advertised functionalities are seldom operational. In fact, this applies to practically all PUAs. Unwanted applications have but one goal - to generate profit at user expense. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs run intrusive advert campaigns, cause redirects, modify browsers and track private data.

How did UpgradeAnalog install on my computer?

PUAs can be dowloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk inadvertently allowing bundled content into their systems. Some PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive ads proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts, deigned to download/install PUAs without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content; therefore, they are advised against use. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts typically appear ordinary, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g. pornography, gambling, adult-dating and others). Should users encounters advertisements of this kind, they are to inspect the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with UpgradeAnalog, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once UpgradeAnalog installation is over:

pop-up displayed once UpgradeAnalog installation is done

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

UpgradeAnalog redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

UpgradeAnalog adware's installation folder:

UpgradeAnalog adware install folder

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Quick menu:

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

UpgradeAnalog adware removal:

Remove UpgradeAnalog-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 upgradeanalog 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 UpgradeAnalog removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by upgradeanalog 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 upgradeanalog 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 upgradeanalog 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

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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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