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How to eliminate DigitalProgram adware and the ads it displays

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

What is DigitalProgram?

Our researchers have found yet another adware-type application called DigitalProgram. We have concluded that this piece of software operates as adware.

It also belongs to the AdLoad malware family. We have researched many samples from said group, and while during our testing - we did not observe DigitalProgram exhibiting browser hijacker traits - they are common for AdLoad adware. Another potential ability of these applications is data tracking.

DigitalProgram adware

DigitalProgram adware overview

From our extensive research into adware, we can summarize its behavior thusly - this software enables the placement of third-party graphical content on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Adware can display various pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and other intrusive ads. DigitalProgram operated on our testing machines in this manner as well.

The advertisements this app delivered were misleading, deceptive, and even dangerous. This is common for adware, as their advertisements typically promote various sale-based, untrustworthy, scam, and malicious websites. Furthermore, some intrusive adverts are capable of stealthily downloading/installing software - upon being clicked.

Many of our analyzed AdLoad adware-type apps possessed data tracking functionalities. Hence, it is not unlikely for DigitalProgram to have them. To expound upon such abilities, in our experience, adware targets browsing activity, personally identifiable details, log-in credentials, and finance-related information.

Adware developers are known to monetize the collected data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third-parties. Therefore, the presence of software like DigitalProgram on devices - can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DigitalProgram
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.AdLoad.13), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.j), 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 examples

GlobalProcesserOptionPreviewOffersPrimary, and EdgePremium are some examples of other adware we have tested, which bears similarities to DigitalProgram. In general terms, applications within this classification are prone to look legitimate and offer "useful" features (particularly in any promotional material). However, such claims are practically always untrue.

How did DigitalProgram install on my computer?

We detected DigitalProgram when inspecting "crack" websites. The site in question promoted a fake Flash Player updater, which eventually downloaded and installed this adware onto our test system.

However, adware is proliferated in various ways, and its sources are seldom singular. Popular distribution methods include software "bundling" (packing regular program installers with unwanted/malicious additions), promotion on or stealthy installation (when clicked) by intrusive advertisements, "official" download webpages, and scam sites.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We recommend researching software and downloading it only from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer harmful content. Our researchers also advise users to exercise caution during installation, e.g., reading terms, studying available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out out of all additions.

It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Dubious sites and intrusive adverts can appear legitimate - however, they redirect to questionable webpages (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

If ads/redirects of this kind are encountered, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed. If your computer is already infected with DigitalProgram, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once DigitalProgram adware's installation is over:

Pop-up displayed once DigitalProgram installation is complete

DigitalProgram adware's installation folder:

DigitalProgram adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove DigitalProgram adware using Combo Cleaner:

DigitalProgram adware removal:

Remove DigitalProgram-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 digitalprogram 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 DigitalProgram removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by digitalprogram 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 digitalprogram 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 digitalprogram 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 system performance and browsing quality. We have not confirmed whether DigitalProgram tracks data, but in our experience - such functionalities are typical for adware. Therefore, this software is considered a privacy threat. Furthermore, adware-delivered ads can be questionable/malicious and cause other serious problems.

What does adware do?

Advertising-supported software or adware is designed to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it displays various adverts on visited sites and/or different interfaces.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware usually generates revenue through affiliate programs by endorsing websites, products, services, and so on. The developers can earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove DigitalProgram adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all adware-type applications present. It must be mentioned that manual removal is not the perfect solution in all cases. Sometimes, even if the software itself is eliminated - leftover content (files) might remain within the system. What is more, such remnants can continue running and causing issues.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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