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Removing LatestFeed adware and the advertisements it displays

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

What is LatestFeed?

LatestFeed is a rogue applications that our researchers found while looking through new submissions o VirusTotal. After analyzing this piece of software, we determined that it operates as adware and belongs to the AdLoad malware family.

LatestFeed adware

LatestFeed adware overview

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (ads) on visited websites and/or other interfaces. The displayed advertisements endorse various scams, untrustworthy/dangerous sites and software, and even malware. When clicked, some intrusive adverts are capable of downloading/installing content without user consent.

Note that any legitimate products encountered via these ads are highly unlikely to be endorsed by their developers. Instead, this promotion is done by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.

It must be mentioned that advertising-supported software may require certain conditions (e.g., compatible browser/system specs or user geolocations, visits to particular websites, etc.) to display advertisements. Whether LatestFeed (or other adware) delivers ads is irrelevant - as its presence on a system endangers device/user safety regardless.

What is more, LatestFeed may have browser-hijacking functionalities since they are common for AdLoad adware, although this app did not exhibit any during testing.

This advertising-supported application also has data tracking abilities. Targeted information includes: browsing data, personally identifiable details, log-in credentials, credit card numbers, etc. The collected data is monetized through sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like LatestFeed on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by LatestFeed
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-AW [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Adware.MAC.Generic.26434), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Searchproxy.a), 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

We have analyzed countless adware samples; CrossSignActiveProcessZipSome, and ProcessorProgression are just some of our latest finds.

Advertising-supported software typically looks legitimate and innocuous. Users are lured into download/installation with promises of "handy" features. However, these functions seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.

How did LatestFeed install on my computer?

Adware can be bundled (packed together) with regular programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations - increase the risk of permitting bundled content into the system.

Fake Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers are also used in distribution. Intrusive adverts are employed in spreading advertising-supported software as well. Once clicked on, some of these advertisements can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.

Adware is promoted through misleading download pages and scam websites. Most users enter such sites via redirects caused by intrusive ads, webpages that use rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software products and only downloading from official and verified channels. It is important to approached installation with caution, e.g., by reading terms, inspecting available options, and using the "Custom/Advanced" setting to opt-out of all supplements.

We also advise being vigilant when browsing - as fraudulent and malicious content tends to appear legitimate. For example, intrusive adverts look harmless yet redirect to unreliable/dubious sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

In case of encounters with advertisements/redirects of this type, check your device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected. If your computer is already infected with LatestFeed, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once LatestFeed installation is complete

LatestFeed adware's installation folder:

LatestFeed adware install folder

LatestFeed adware installed onto a Safari browser:

LatestFeed adware installed on Safari

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove LatestFeed adware using Combo Cleaner:

LatestFeed adware removal:

Remove LatestFeed-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 latestfeed 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 LatestFeed removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by latestfeed 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 latestfeed 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 latestfeed 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 endangers device integrity and user safety. It can decrease browsing quality and system performance. Advertising-supported software is also considered to be a privacy threats since it usually has data tracking functionalities. What is more, adware-displayed ads can be deceptive/malicious and cause severe issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Adware is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, this software displayed adverts on visited websites and/or different interfaces. Adware may also be capable of force-opening sites and gathering private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware generates most of its revenue via affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, apps, products, services, etc. The developers might earn commission from ad clicks, webpage visits, file download, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove LatestFeed adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your system and eliminate detected adware-type apps. It is worth mentioning that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might not be a perfect solution. In some instances, even after the adware itself has been (manually) eliminated - various remnants (files) get left behind in the system. Furthermore, the remaining components might continue running and causing issues. Hence, it is crucial to remove advertising-supported software thoroughly.

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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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