Easy tips to delete UpgradeActivity adware
UpgradeActivity is an adware type application with browser hijacker traits. This means, it delivers various intrusive ads and also promotes an address of a fake search engine by altering browsers’ settings. Since people download/ install such software products of this kind inadvertently – they are also called potentially unwanted applications.
Adware enables the placement of third party graphical content on any visited sites. In addition to severely diminish the browsing experience, they endanger the device/ user safety. Once clicked on, they often cause redirect to various untrustworthy/ malicious sites and some of them can even stealthy download/ install PUAs.
Browser hijackers assign fake web search addresses as browsers’ homepage, new tab pages and search engine options. With such a rogue piece of software installed: every new browser tabs/ Windows opened and web searches done via the URL bar- they get redirected to the promoted URL. Illegal web search engines can’t provide their own search results.
Therefore, they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine search engines. Browser hijackers also use persistence in order to ensure that the users can’t restore the changes made to the web browsers. Most PUAs, including adware and browser hijackers, have data tracking potential. The data of their interest include:
- IP addresses,
- Search queries,
- Viewed pages,
- URLs visited,
- Type of OS and browser used and etc.
The collected data can be then shared with and/or sold to third parties and potent crooks. In summary, the presence of the unwanted software on system can lead to system infection, severe privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To prevent any such issues from happening in future, you should immediately remove UpgradeActivity from system.
How did PUAs infiltrate in?
PUAs are often distributed using deceptive bundling method. The packing of one app with unwanted app and malicious addition is usually done under this technique by PUAs developers. Rushed the download/ installation increase the risk of the inadvertent installation of the unwanted apps. Intrusive ads can cause PUAs infection as well by running certain malicious scripts.
How to prevent PUAs infection?
It is recommended to research software well before their download/ install and/or purchase. Untrustworthy downloading channels such as unofficial and freeware sites, p2p networks and other third party downloaders- often offer bundled content. When downloading/ installing, it is advised to read all terms, study possible option, use Custom/Advanced settings and opt out all additionally attached apps, tools and functions and so on.
Intrusive ads can appear legit and ordinary. However, they often open various unreliable pages such as gambling, adult dating and pornography and can sometimes cause unwanted downloads by running certain malicious scripts. If you encounter any such ads, the system should be investigated and all suspicious apps and browser extensions should be removed from the system. If UpgradeActivity already installed inside, we recommend you run a full system scan using powerful antivirus tool and remove it immediately.
Remove Files and Folders Related to UpgradeActivity
Open the “Menu” bar and click the “Finder” icon. Select “Go” and click on “Go to Folder…”
Step 1: Search the suspicious and doubtful malware generated files in /Library/LaunchAgents folder
Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to Folder” option
In the “Launch Agent” folder, search for all the files that you have recently downloaded and move them to “Trash”. Few of the examples of files created by browser-hijacker or adware are as follow, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.Itvbit.plist”, installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, and “kuklorest.update.plist” and so on.
Step 2: Detect and remove the files generated by the adware in “/Library/Application” Support folder
In the “Go to Folder..bar”, type “/Library/Application Support”
Search for any suspicious newly added folders in “Application Support” folder. If you detect any one of these like “NicePlayer” or “MPlayerX” then send them to “Trash” folder.
Step 3: Look for the files generated by malware in /Library/LaunchAgent Folder:
Go to Folder bar and type /Library/LaunchAgents
You are in the “LaunchAgents” folder. Here, you have to search for all the newly added files and move them to “Trash” if you find them suspicious. Some of the examples of suspicious files generated by malware are “myppes.download.plist”, “installmac.AppRemoved.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist” and so on.
Step4: Go to /Library/LaunchDaemons Folder and search for the files created by malware
Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go To Folder” option
In the newly opened “LaunchDaemons” folder, search for any recently added suspicious files and move them to “Trash”. Examples of some of the suspicious files are “com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preference.plist”, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist” and so on.
Step 5: Use Combo Cleaner Anti-Malware and Scan your Mac PC
The malware infections could be removed from the Mac PC if you execute all the steps mentioned above in the correct way. However, it is always advised to be sure that your PC is not infected. It is suggested to scan the work-station with “Combo Cleaner Anti-virus”.
Once the file gets downloaded, double click on combocleaner.dmg installer in the newly opened window. Next is to open the “Launchpad” and press on “Combo Cleaner” icon. It is advised to wait until “Combo Cleaner” updates the latest definition for malware detection. Click on “Start Combo Scan” button.
A depth scan of your Mac PC will be executed in order to detect malware. If the Anti-virus scan report says “no threat found” then you can continue with guide further. On the other hand, it is recommended to delete the detected malware infection before continuing.
Now the files and folders created by the adware is removed, you have to remove the rogue extensions from the browsers.
Remove UpgradeActivity from Internet Browsers
Delete Doubtful and Malicious Extension from Safari
Go to “Menu Bar” and open “Safari” browser. Select “Safari” and then “Preferences”
In the opened “preferences” window, select “Extensions” that you have recently installed. All such extensions should be detected and click the “Uninstall” button next to it. If you are doubtful then you can remove all the extensions from “Safari” browser as none of them are important for smooth functionality of the browser.
In case if you continue facing unwanted webpage redirections or aggressive advertisements bombarding, you can reset the “Safari” browser.
Open the Safari menu and choose “preferences…” from the drop-down menu.
Go to the “Extension” tab and set the extension slider to “Off” position. This disables all the installed extensions in the Safari browser
Next step is to check the homepage. Go to “Preferences…” option and choose “General” tab. Change the homepage to your preferred URL.
Also check the default search-engine provider settings. Go to “Preferences…” window and select the “Search” tab and select the search-engine provider that you want such as “Google”.
Next is to clear the Safari browser Cache- Go to “Preferences…” window and select “Advanced” tab and click on “Show develop menu in the menu bar.“
Go to “Develop” menu and select “Empty Caches”.
Remove website data and browsing history. Go to “Safari” menu and select “Clear History and Website Data”. Choose “all history” and then click on “Clear History”.
Remove Unwanted and Malicious Plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox
Delete UpgradeActivity add-ons from Mozilla Firefox
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser. Click on the “Open Menu” present in the top right corner of the screen. From the newly opened menu, choose “Add-ons”.
Go to “Extension” option and detect all the latest installed add-ons. Select each of the suspicious add-ons and click on “Remove” button next to them.
In case if you want to “reset” the Mozilla Firefox browser then follow the steps that has been mentioned below.
Reset Mozilla Firefox Settings
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser and click on “Firefox” button situated at the top left corner of the screen.
In the new menu, go to “Help” sub-menu and choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click on “Reset Firefox” button.
Confirm that you want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to default by pressing on “Reset Firefox” option
The browser will get restarted and the settings changes to factory default
Delete Unwanted and Malicious Extensions from Google Chrome
Open the chrome browser and click on “Chrome menu”. From the drop down option, choose “More Tools” and then “Extensions”.
In the “Extensions” option, search for all the recently installed add-ons and extensions. Select them and choose “Trash” button. Any third-party extension is not important for the smooth functionality of the browser.
Reset Google Chrome Settings
Open the browser and click on three line bar at the top right side corner of the window.
Go to the bottom of the newly opened window and select “Show advanced settings”.
In the newly opened window, scroll down to the bottom and choose “Reset browser settings”
Click on the “Reset” button on the opened “Reset browser settings” window
Restart the browser and the changes you get will be applied
The above mentioned manual process should be executed as it is mentioned. It is a cumbersome process and requires a lot of technical expertise. And hence it is advised for technical experts only. To be sure that your PC is free from malware, it is better that you scan the work-station with a powerful anti-malware tool. The automatic malware removal application is preferred because it doesn’t requires any additional technical skills and expertise.
Download the application and execute it on the PC to begin the depth scanning. Once the scanning gets completed, it shows the list of all the files related to UpgradeActivity. You can select such harmful files and folders and remove them immediately.