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Removal instructions for ProgressionLegion adware and the ads it delivers

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

What is ProgressionLegion?

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

ProgressionLegion adware

ProgressionLegion adware overview

Adware-delivered advertisements promote untrustworthy/harmful websites and software, online scams, and malware. Some intrusive ads are capable of downloading/installing software stealthily - once clicked on.

Note that any legitimate products encountered via these adverts are highly unlikely to be endorsed in this fashion by their actual developers. Instead, this promotion is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

It has to be mentioned that advertising-supported software may require certain conditions (e.g., compatible browser/system specs or user geolocation, visits to particular sites, etc.) to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. However, whether ProgressionLegion (or other adware) displays ads is irrelevant since its presence on a system endangers device/user safety regardless.

ProgressionLegion may have browser hijacker qualities, as they are standard for AdLoad adware - although this app did not exhibit any during our analysis.

Furthermore, this piece of software likely has data tracking functionalities. Adware typically gathers browsing-related information, personally identifiable details, log-in credentials, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data. The collected information is monetized via sale to third-parties.

To summarize, the presence of ProgressionLegion or similar software on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProgressionLegion
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.h), 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 thousands of adware samples; SampleLightLaunchHistoryResults, and InfoMajorSearch are a couple of our most recent finds. Advertising-supported software appears legitimate and offers "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, these functionalities rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.

How did ProgressionLegion install on my computer?

Adware is profiled using various deceptive techniques. It can be bundled (packed together) with ordinary programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware 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. Advertising-supported software is endorsed through misleading "official" promotional pages and scam websites. Most users enter such webpages via redirects caused by sites that use rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).

Intrusive advertisements spread adware directly as well. Upon being clicked, some of these adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We highly recommend researching software and downloading only from official and verified channels. Installation processes have to be approached with care. Therefore, we advise reading terms, inspecting possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all additions.

Another recommendation is to exercise caution when browsing - since illegitimate and malicious content typically appears genuine and innocuous. For example, intrusive adverts look harmless - however, they redirect to questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).

If you experience such advertisements/redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with ProgressionLegion, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once ProgressionLegion installation is complete

ProgressionLegion adware's installation folder:

ProgressionLegion adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ProgressionLegion adware using Combo Cleaner:

ProgressionLegion adware removal:

Remove ProgressionLegion-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 progressionlegion 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 ProgressionLegion removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by progressionlegion 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 progressionlegion 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 progressionlegion 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 decrease browsing quality and system performance. It is also deemed to be a privacy threat - since this software usually has data tracking abilities. 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 stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to enable the placement of advertisements on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Additionally, this software may be capable of force-opening sites and collecting private information.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware generates most of the profit through affiliate programs by promoting various websites, software, products, services, and so forth. The developers may earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove ProgressionLegion adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective. Since even after the software itself has been (manually) removed - various remnants (files) can stay hidden in the system. Furthermore, the remaining components can continue running and causing issues. Therefore, it is crucial to remove adware 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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