Mac Mechanic Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Mechanic potentially unwanted program
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Mac Mechanic from Mac?

What is Mac Mechanic?

Mac Mechanic is a deceptive application identical to Advanced Mac Cleaner and a number of others. By offering various system optimization-related features (cleaning junk files, unwanted software, etc.), Mac Mechanic attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Furthermore, research shows that this PUP is likely to infiltrate systems without permission.

Mac Mechanic unwanted application

Following infiltration, Mac Mechanic runs a fake system scan and displays many 'issues' that must be resolved, however, since Mac Mechanic's 'free version' is unable to remove these errors, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. Be aware that Mac Mechanic PUP is fraudulent - the entire list of errors is false and its only purpose is to scare and trick unsuspecting users into paying for a full version that is not required. Despite the warnings issued by this app, your system is probably optimized and error-free. In this way, developers generate revenue by abusing users' trust. As mentioned above, Mac Mechanic typically infiltrates systems without permission and there is a high probability that it came with a number of other PUPs. In most cases, potentially unwanted programs do three things: 1) deliver intrusive advertisements ["Pay Per Click" - PPC - advertising model]; 2) modify web browser settings [promotion of dubious websites, most of which are fake search engines], and; 3) gather sensitive information [which is later sold to third parties, potentially, cyber criminals]. In summary, Mac Mechanic is not a reliable or trustworthy app and should be uninstalled immediately. Also remove any other dubious applications.

Mac Mechanic shares many similarities with a number of other rogue applications such as Mac Space Reviver and MyShopcoupon. By offering various "useful features", PUPs such as Mac Mechanic often trick users to install, however, these programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no real value. Rather than providing the functions promised, PUPs deliver intrusive ads (coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.), gather sensitive information, cause unwanted redirects, and promote in-app purchases.

How did Mac Mechanic install on my computer?

Developers promote PUPs using two methods: "bundling" and intrusive advertising. "Bundling" is stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" applications within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes, whilst intrusive ads redirect to malicious websites and even run scripts that stealthily download/install malware. Skipping download/installation steps and clicking advertisements often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and especially when downloading/installing software. Intrusive advertisements are often designed to look legitimate, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. They are often delivered by adware-type PUPs - if you encounter them, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully observe each step of the download/installation processes. Decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included. We also recommend that you download your applications from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method, and thus, these tools should not be used. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them

Fake Flash Player update installer distributing weknow.ac browser hijacker and Mac Mechanic potentially unwanted application:

fake flash player installer distributing Mac Mechanic pup

Mac Mechanic installer setup:

Delusive installer used to promote Mac Mechanic

Screenshot of potentially unwanted program Mac Mechanic:

Mac Mechanic potentially unwanted program

IMPORTANT NOTE! Mac Mechanic adds itself to the list of applications that automatically run upon each user log in. Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

  • Go to System Preferences -> Users & Groups.
  • Click your account (also known as Current User).
  • Click Login Items.
  • Look for the "Mac Mechanic" entry. Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Mac Mechanic PUP system removal

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Quick menu:

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

Mac Mechanic PUP removal:

Remove Mac Mechanic and other 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 Mechanic”, or 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 mac mechanic potentially unwanted program related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

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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 same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder 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.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder 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 same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder 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.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure 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 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 it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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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.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Mac Mechanic potentially unwanted program removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac mechanic potentially unwanted program related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

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 normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove mac mechanic potentially unwanted program related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove mac mechanic potentially unwanted program related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.