Progress Site is an unwanted app which can hijack any browser and redirect its traffic to various sites that need an increase in visits. Progress Site adds a new search engine to your browser to accomplish this task and updates the URL of your homepage without asking your approval.
The creators of Progress Site promote it as a free Mac browser add-on that promises to enhance users’ web browsing experience and provide relevant web offers and search results. In reality, however, this program operates as a browser hijacker and makes unauthorized changes to the main web browser, be it Safari, Chrome, Firefox or another one.
Progress Site for Mac
Progress Site for Mac is a program that can replace the default search engine with a different one that displays predominantly sponsored results. Progress Site for Mac can also change the homepage address with a different one that is loaded the moment you open a new tab.
What irritates users a lot is the never-ending stream of pop-up ads, banners and colorful messages with links that aggressively take over every website and typically redirect to other pages once clicked on. These ads not only interrupt the surfing activity but are also very hard to remove and prevent users from using their web browser normally. People who want to have uninterrupted web browsing experience often have no option to uninstall the changes that Progress Site imposes, therefore, their only solution is to permanently remove the intrusive software from their system.
What is Progress Site
Progress Site is a browser hijacker that looks like a regular extension and can be installed in a Mac browser by users without their direct approval. Programs like Progress Site are normally distributed via software bundling methods and become part of the system when the users perform a careless software update or forget to customize the setup settings of a new program they install.
Their uninstallation, however, can often be a bit tricky as it may often require the assistance of a professional removal tool. A common feature of most hijackers is that these apps typically display a lot of sponsored advertisements, redirect page visitors to specific sites, and have the ability to alter the default search engine and the homepage of the main web browser in ways the user does not approve.
The ProgressSite app
The ProgressSite app is a program that typically doesn’t harm your device and doesn’t do anything wrong with the files that you store there. The main reason the ProgressSite app exists is to make profits from various types of online advertisements and paid online promotions.
This does not mean, however, that such software could not indirectly expose you to other security hazards (such as Ransomware, Trojans or viruses) that could damage your device. Most commonly, the danger may come not from the hijacker itself but from the unregulated pop-up messages, banner ads and redirect links it displays. A single click on such a message or a link may land you on questionable web locations where you may get exposed to viruses. Sadly, fake web ads exist and they look just as good as the normal ones, with the only difference that they can infect you with Ransomware, Spyware and other malware the moment you open them. Sometimes, the hijacker may also display notifications and alerts that prompt you to download some unnecessary software or purchase some low-quality product just because the clicks to that website or notification bring pay-per-click revenue for the developers. Taking this into account, you can easily understand why it is best not to trust everything that Progress Site displays on your screen and be selective about the content you interact with.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A Browser Hijacker can fill the screen of the main web browser with pop-up ads, redirect prompts and banners.|
|Distribution Method||Developers distribute Browser Hijackers mostly in a bundle with other software that is free to install.|
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Remove Progress Site App from Mac
For a quick way to remove Progress Site try to do this inside your Mac browser:
- Open your Mac browser.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
- Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Progress Site.
- Remove Progress Site from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.
If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Progress Site!
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively, you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
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Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Progress Site From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Progress Site From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!