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How to uninstall MapperProgress adware from your operating system?

Also Known As: Ads by MapperProgress
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is MapperProgress?

MapperProgress is an adware-type app with browser hijacker qualities. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute software products within these categories, they are also considered to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). MapperProgress has been observed being proliferated via fake Adobe Flash Player updates.

MapperProgress adware detections on VirusTotal

MapperProgress adware in detail

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, surveys, coupons, banners, and other intrusive adverts on any visited webpage and/or different interfaces. In addition to seriously diminishing the browsing experience, the displayed ads also endanger device/user safety. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements redirect to untrustworthy/malicious sites, and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs).

Browser hijackers assign fake web searcher addresses as browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs. Hence, every new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address.

Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing, and other legitimate ones. Browser hijackers also use persistence-ensuring techniques - to prevent users from restoring their browsers.

Furthermore, most PUAs (adware and browser hijacker included) have data tracking abilities. Information of interest includes browsing and search engine histories, personally identifiable data, and so on. The gathered information is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

To summarize, unwanted apps can cause system infections, severe privacy issues, significant financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MapperProgress
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AM [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Fortinet (Adware/Cimpli!OSX), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.m), Full List (VirusTotal)
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 in general

SampleSkilledUnitAnalogValidNetBoost, ConnectionCache, and FlexibleOrigin are some examples of apps within the adware category.

Like most PUAs, this software appears legitimate and offers various functionalities, which are seldom operational. However, unwanted applications can run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, force-open websites, and collect private data - instead of delivering on any promised features.

How did MapperProgress install on my computer?

PUAs are spread using the "bundling" marketing tactic - packing regular software with additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, skipped steps, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.

Intrusive advertisements are used to proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations. PUAs may also have "official" download pages.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to research software and download it from official/verified sources. Dubious download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled and harmful content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all supplements. Intrusive adverts appear innocuous; however, they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed from it without delay. If your computer is already infected with MapperProgress, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed when MapperProgress adware is present on the system:

Pop-up displayed when MapperProgress adware is detected on the system

Text presented in this pop-up:

"MapperProgressd" will damage your computer.

 

This file was downloaded on an unknown date.

 

OK
Show in Finder

Delusive installer (fake Flash Player updater) promoting MapperProgress adware;

First installation step:

Delusive installer used to promote MapperProgress adware (step 1)

Second installation step:

Delusive installer used to promote MapperProgress adware (step 2)

Files related to the MapperProgress adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.MapperProgress.service.app
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.MapperProgress.service.plist
  • /Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.MapperProgress.system
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.MapperProgress.system.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! In some cases malicious applications like MapperProgress alter system proxy settings, thereby causing unwanted redirects to a variety of questionable websites.

The redirects are likely to remain even after removing the application itself. Thus, you'll have to restore them manually.

Step 1: Click on the gear icon in the Dock to navigate to the system settings. If the icon is not present in the Dock, you can find it in the Launchpad.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the system settings

Step 2: Navigate to the Network settings.

Changing proxy settings - navigate to the network settings

Step 3: Select the connected network and click "Advanced...".

Changing proxy settings - select the connected network and click Advanced...

Step 4: Click on the "Proxies" tab and untick all the protocols. You should also set the settings of each protocol to default - "*.local, 169.254/16".

Changing proxy settings - untick all the options and set their settings to default

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove MapperProgress adware using Combo Cleaner:

MapperProgress adware removal:

Remove MapperProgress-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 mapperprogress 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.

Ads by MapperProgress removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by mapperprogress 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 mapperprogress 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 mapperprogress 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can diminish the browsing experience (e.g., hinder website visibility, decrease browsing speeds, etc.) and affect system performance. Furthermore, the content promoted through adware-delivered ads can be malicious.

What does adware do?

Adware stands for advertising-supported software; hence, it operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e., displays various ads).

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware typically generates revenue by receiving commission from user clicks, website visits, product purchases, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove MapperProgress adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner is able to scan your computer and eliminate all installed adware-type applications. On the other hand, manual removal may not be ideal. In some cases, leftover files remain hidden within the system even after the adware is removed. Therefore, the remaining components might continue running.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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