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ProgressMatch mac adware removal

Progress Match Mac

The Progress Match program for Mac is reported to be the next adware that performs various system and browser modifications without users’ knowledge. What does Progress Match aim? It is a program with odd behavior that infects Mac operating systems with the goal to generate annoying advertisements (pop-ups, banners, in-text links, etc.) By doing this the adware attempts to generate revenue for its owners via the so-called pay-per-click advertising scheme. Here is why the ads delivered by Progress Match Mac adware can be very intrusive and aggressive. They are designed to trick you into visiting bogus sponsored content so that the owners of the program can get paid for your visit.

Find out how to get rid of Progress Match Mac adware. Clean your macOS and browser to regain online security.

Threat Summary

NameProgress Match
TypeAdware
Short DescriptionA questionable application that hijacks Mac systems and popular browsers like Safari and Chrome installed on them. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.
SymptomsBrowser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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What you Need to Know About ProgressMatch Mac Adware

The ProgressMatch is a potentially unwanted program. Programs of this type are mainly propagated via freeware installers, bundled packages and other undesired programs like Mac Cleanup Pro. That’s why you may not remember ever installing this app on your Mac.

All techniques that are spreading PUPs aim to trick users into installing these nasty programs without noticing the process. So you might have let ProgressMatch run on your Mac during the installation of a desired program. Software packages are preferred by PUP developers. They contain additional components that are not disclosed properly. Sometimes you can avoid installing unnoticeably undesired apps by visiting and reviewing all details listed under the Advanced or Custom installation option.

The moment ProgressMatch adware is started on the system, it alters main browser settings without asking for permission. Afterward, the adware becomes able to push sponsored content in affected browsers. The ads by Progress Match may be so intrusive that your browsing may regularly be interrupted by annoying redirects to questionable websites that present “special” offers. Beware with all those ads and websites related to them as they may expose your Mac system at risk of serious malware infections. Do not trust anything they state.

An additional issue that may occur after the activation of Progress Match adware on the machine is data collection from the affected browser and system. For the purpose, the app can turn on tracking technologies that are designed to collect sensitive data and transfer it to remote servers. The details may be misused for aggressive advertising and financial gains.

Even though the adware is not a malicious program that corrupts important files or system settings, it still makes the system vulnerable to malware infections. As long as it is running on the system Progress Match, it is able to display bogus ads which in turn may be related to hacked websites that host malware or other rogue applications. As a result, you may become a victim of a drive-by attack.

We recommend the immediate removal of Progress Match adware from your affected Mac, Safari and other affected browsers.

Progress Match Mac Adware Removal Guide

In order to remove Progress Match along with all entries it creates on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. Some of the files associated with Progress Match adware cannot be removed manually except you are an experienced computer user. So the manual adware removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Preparation Phase:

Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:

  • Backup your files in case the worst happens.
  • Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
  • Arm yourself with patience.

Step 1: Uninstall Progress Match adware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Progress Match adware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Progress Match adware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Progress Match adware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Progress Match adware via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Progress Match adware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove Progress Match adware – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Progress Match adware will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove Progress Match adware files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Progress Match adware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


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