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Removal instructions for AdvancedProduct adware and the adverts it delivers

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

What is AdvancedProduct?

While checking out new submissions to VirusTotal, our researchers discovered the AdvancedProduct rogue application. It operates as advertising-supported software (adware). This app displays advertisements and may have additional undesirable functionalities. Additionally, it is noteworthy that AdvancedProduct belongs to the AdLoad malware family.

AdvancedProduct adware

AdvancedProduct adware overview

Adware is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., display advertisements on visited websites and/or other interfaces. These ads endorse online scams, unreliable/harmful software, and malware. Some intrusive advertisements can even perform stealthy downloads/installations – upon being clicked.

It is pertinent to mention that any legitimate content encountered through these adverts is most likely promoted by scammers abusing its affiliate programs in order to acquire fraudulent commissions.

Advertising-supported software might not display ads if the browser/system is incompatible, specific sites are not visited, or other conditions are unsuitable. Even if AdvancedProduct does not display advertisements – its presence on a system endangers device and user safety.

AdLoad adware often has browser hijacker abilities, although we did not observe any while testing the AdvancedProduct app.

Furthermore, this rogue application likely collects private data. Information of interest may include: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, account log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, and so forth. The gathered data can be shared with and/or sold to third-parties.

In summary, the presence of software like AdvancedProduct on devices can result in system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AdvancedProduct
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

We have inspected thousands of adware-type applications; GlossGlamorLifeProxyWebAgeStyleLab – are merely some examples of our latest finds.

Advertising-supported software typically appears ordinary and harmless. Users are lured into download/installation with promises of "useful" functionalities. However, these features seldom work as promised, and in most cases – they do not work at all.

How did AdvancedProduct install on my computer?

"Bundling" – packing regular program installers with unwanted/malicious supplements – is used to proliferate adware. Downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushing through installations (e.g., using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.

Additionally, fake Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers are used in distribution. Intrusive advertisements proliferate adware as well. Once clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.

Advertising-supported software can also have "official" promotional pages, and it is pushed via scam sites. Most users enter such webpages through redirects caused by websites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. Installation must be treated with caution, e.g., by reading terms, studying available options, using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opting-out of additional apps, extensions, etc.

We advise being careful when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content typically appears legitimate. For example, intrusive ads may look innocuous yet redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.).

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

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

Pop-up displayed once AdvancedProduct installation is complete

AdvancedProduct adware's installation folder:

AdvancedProduct adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove AdvancedProduct adware using Combo Cleaner:

AdvancedProduct adware removal:

Remove AdvancedProduct-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

Manual removal of malicious Mac applications

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 adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can decrease browsing quality and system performance. It usually has data-tracking functionalities – hence, this software is considered to be a privacy threat. Additionally, adware displays advertisements promoting dangerous content that can cause severe issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Adware delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., displays ads on various interfaces. Furthermore, it may be capable of force-opening webpages and collecting private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware developers profit primarily via affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, apps, products, services, and other content.

Will Combo Cleaner remove AdvancedProduct adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan devices and eliminate detected adware-type applications. It must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be ideal. In some cases, even after the adware has been manually removed – various leftovers (files) remain hidden within the system. Furthermore, these components can continue to run and cause problems. Hence, it is paramount to eliminate advertising-supported software thoroughly.

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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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