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Mac Space Reviver Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Space Reviver potentially unwanted program
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is Mac Space Reviver?

Mac Space Reviver is a deceptive application that supposedly allows users to remove all duplicate files and, therefore, save disk space. Initially, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, Mac Space Reviver is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that infiltrates systems without permission.

Mac Space Reviver unwanted application

This PUP provides a fake system scan function. After 'scanning' the system, users are prompted with many supposed duplicate files. To remove them, users must purchase a full version of the Mac Space Reviver PUP. Note that the list of duplicate files is false. Cyber criminals attempt to trick users into paying for the full version, which will simply display an empty list.

In fact, Mac Space Reviver delivers no real value for regular users. As mentioned above, it infiltrates systems without permission and is delivered together with a number of other potentially unwanted (usually, adware-type) applications. These apps deliver intrusive ads (coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.) that conceal underlying content and can redirect to malicious sites.

Some PUPs modify browser settings (e.g., homepage, new tab URL, default search engine, etc.) to promote dubious sites. Furthermore, PUPs gather sensitive information (such as keystrokes, URLs visited, search queries, IP addresses, and so on), which is later sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

Therefore, the presence of data-tracking apps can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall Mac Space Reviver and other suspicious/unrecognizable applications immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Mac Space Reviver potentially unwanted program
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Mac Space Reviver shares similarities with dozens of other potentially unwanted programs such as TURBOMAC, MacBar, and especially, Advanced Mac Cleaner. By offering useful features, PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. Most, however, deliver no real value for regular users.

Potentially unwanted programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to enable various functions are merely attempts to trick users to install. PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did Mac Space Reviver install on my computer?

Potentially unwanted programs are often distributed using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Advanced/Custom" settings of the download or installation processes - they do not disclose these installations properly.

Intrusive advertisements redirect to malicious sites and even execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware or PUPs.

Skipping download/installation steps and clicking various advertisements often leads to inadvertent installation of deceptive applications such as Mac Space Reviver. These apps expose systems to risk of various infections and compromise users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, to prevent system infiltration by potentially unwanted programs, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet.

Carefully analyze each step (especially "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. We also advise you to download your applications from official sources only using direct download links.

Criminals monetize unofficial downloaders/installers by promoting PUPs (the "bundling" method) and for this reason they should not be used.

Be aware that intrusive ads usually appear legitimate, but redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. If you continually encounter these ads, immediately eliminate all dubious applications/browser plug-ins. We also recommend that you have a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed.

Deceptive application installer promoting Mac Space Reviver adware:

Delusive installer used to promote Mac Space Reviver

Potentially unwanted program Mac Space Reviver:

Mac Space Reviver PUP

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Mac Space Reviver PUP removal:

Remove Mac Space Reviver-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac adware removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “Mac Space Reviver”, and 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.

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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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