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Remove ProntoApp (Removal Instructions) - updated Nov 2019

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

ProntoApp is a potentially unwanted application designed to perform malicious activities on macOS computers

ProntoApp ProntoApp is an adware app that is installed unintentionally via third-party sites

ProntoApp is an adware app published by an unknown developer and is designed for all versions of Mac operating systems. The potentially unwanted program[1] might be installed along with freeware/shareware applications from third-party sites, or when users get tricked by an attractive online app, as well as a fake Flash update. Due to these reasons, users are rarely aware that ProntoApp got installed on their systems – at least, not straight away.

As soon as ProntoApp establishes on the macOS, it immediately performs several changes to Google Chrome, Safari or another browser: users will notice that their homepage has been changed to Bing, Smart Search, or similar, and they are forced to browse via a hijacked search engine (in most of the cases, ProntoApp extension is installed). Due to this, the search results victims see are not organic, although this allows the developers to monetize on clicks made. Besides, the adware will also insert scams, fake updates, pop-ups, deals, banners, offers, coupons, and other intrusive and possibly malicious content when browsing the internet.

However, typical hijacking activities are not the main problem with ProntoApp, as it also engages in numerous actions that are more related to malware rather than adware – it can read sensitive information users insert on all sites (such as credit card details) and is also equipped with persistence mechanisms that usually prevent an easy ProntoApp removal from the infected machines.

Name ProntoApp
Type Adware, Mac virus, PUP
Infection means Users typically get infected with the PUP during the installation of third-party apps like File Converter. This technique is referred to as software bundling – optional components are deliberately hidden from sight and are installed along with the desired app
Symptoms Web browser settings changed; a new extension attached to all web browsers; increased number of ads during web browsing sessions; sponsored links in the search results; difficulties in removing unwanted applications along with ProntoApp
Dangers The unwanted application can lead users to insecure sites where they might download and install other PUPs or even malware; scam sites might trick users into paying fake tech support fees; personal data might be collected by unwanted parties or even cybercriminals on insecure sites
Termination  Refer to our manual elimination instructions below. Also, a scan with reputable anti-malware is highly recommended
Recovery & optimization In case your Mac is struggling (lagging, crashing, showing errors) after the infection, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego as a remedy for these symptoms and make it run well again

Besides modifying web browser settings, ProntoApp adware also attaches an extension to it. This helps the app to gather various information about users for targeted advertisement[2] campaigns. The collected data might include:

  • IP address;
  • Version of the OS and the installed applications;
  • Internet Server Provider;
  • Websites visited;
  • Links and ads clicked;
  • Bookmarks added, etc.

ProntoApp application is not the only one that has been infecting Mac users in recent months. It is highly likely that it is a work of the same developer as ProductEvent, CoordinatorPlus, IdeaShared, and many others. All of the programs use the same magnifying glass icon with a green background and are not signed by any developer. In other words, ProntoApp is a re-skinned version of the same application, just named differently – this is a common trait of shady programs that are spread around the web by using deceptive means in order to gain quick revenue from infected users.

In fact, ProntoApp is so intrusive and persistent, that many users attributed it “ProntoApp virus” or “ProntoApp malware” term. While it is not entirely true (this app seems to be an aggressive type of adware), users have every right to be concerned, as unwanted changes to the installed web browsers, redirects, pop-up ads, slowdown of macOS, and other symptoms are something that nobody should deal with.

ProntoApp  adwareProntoApp is a potentially unwanted application that displays unwanted ads and redirects to suspicious sites

Besides showing ads to infected users, ProntoApp is also dangerous due to its redirection tendencies. Adware is known to sometimes direct users to scam or fake update sites, where they are prompted to download other potentially unwanted programs or call fake technicians for an alleged fix – a few examples of popular scams include “Your system is infected with 3 viruses,” “Immediate action required,” and many others.

You should remove ProntoApp with the help of our instructions below. If you encounter difficulties during the process, you should also scan your Mac with anti-virus software. Additionally, you should also reset your browsers and employ Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego if you want to make sure that your computer is in its best shape after the infection.

Be careful when installing applications from third-party sites 

There is a reason why many security experts[3] advise users staying away from third-party sites when it comes to new software installs. Apple uses sophisticated scanners and other checks before allowing an application into the App Store (although even the tech giant might sometimes fail to detect malicious apps, as 17 of them were recently removed after security firm detected shady practices of adware). Unfortunately, third-parties do not have the resources and the need to perform such broad checks before apps are placed on the site.

When you try to install an app from a third-party site, GateKeeper will detect the unofficial origin and ask your credentials to allow the installation – this stops many unwanted apps from entering without permission. The problem is that users are tricked into agreeing to install those applications and enter the credentials nonetheless.

When installing apps from third-parties, make sure you take precautionary measures. Most importantly, you should never rush the process, opt for Advanced/Custom settings, check each of the installation steps carefully, and decline all promotional offers on the way.

ProntoApp  applicaitonProntoApp might install itself as a standalone app, although there is a high chance that a browser extension is added as well

Uninstall ProntoApp along with all other PUPs that might have entered the system without your approval

When it comes to ProntoApp adware, it is one of those more aggressive and deceptive types that nobody knows the origins of. If anything, it reminds more of malware that seeks to monetize on users' ruined web browsing experiences – it also puts their safety at risk. It is also not surprising, considering the nature of the app, that many might be struggling when trying to perform ProntoApp removal.

We suggest you first try to remove ProntoApp manually by finding all its components on macOS and deleting them. Here's what you should look for:

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/pronto.notification.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/pronto.update.plist
  • ~/Library/Application Support/ProntoApp/

The problem is, however, that the ProntoApp virus often comes along with other unwanted software, which might be difficult to find. For that reason, we suggest you scan your machine with anti-malware software to make sure all the suspicious elements are uninstalled. Additionally, we highly advise you reset Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox in order to prevent the unwanted activities of coming back.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove ProntoApp, follow these steps:

Uninstall ProntoApp from Mac OS X system

To get rid of ProntoApp on macOS, you should find it and put it to Trash:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for ProntoApp or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase ProntoApp from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to ProntoApp and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case ProntoApp did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete ProntoApp removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate ProntoApp from Google Chrome

If you do not reset Chrome, you might see ads and redirects due to the PUP again:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to ProntoApp by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the ProntoApp-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete ProntoApp removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete ProntoApp from Safari

If you are unable to remove the unwanted extension from Safari, reset it as explained below:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to ProntoApp and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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