MyMacUpdater Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: UpdateYourMac potentially unwanted program
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove MyMacUpdater from Mac?

What is MyMacUpdater?

Belonging to the same potentially unwanted program (PUP) family as Shopperify, MyCouponize, and many others, MyMacUpdater is a rogue application that infiltrates the system together with various adware-type programs. Initially, MyMacUpdater may not seem harmful, however, the presence of this app can lead to installation of other adware-type applications.

MyMacUpdater unwanted application

MyMacUpdater infiltrates systems without users' consent, together with various adware. This application proliferates other potentially unwanted adware-type programs. When present on the system, MyMacUpdater installs adware intermittently. Installed adware-type PUPs typically deliver intrusive online advertisements and gather sensitive information. Coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other intrusive ads are delivered using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. These ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Furthermore, they can lead to malicious websites and even execute scripts designed to download/install malware. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, adware-type PUPs are likely to gather IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information. The data might contain personal details that developers sell to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking apps can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. In summary, MyMacUpdater is a useless application and should be uninstalled immediately. Check the entire list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and eliminate any suspicious entries.

Threat Summary:
NameUpdateYourMac potentially unwanted program
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Adware-type applications attempt to give the impression of legitimacy by offering "useful features" (e.g., system optimization, file conversion, provision of shopping coupons, etc.) Following infiltration, however, adware gives no real value for regular users. These programs are designed only to help developers generate passive revenue. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, adware poses a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did MyMacUpdater install on my computer?

Although some PUPs have official download websites, most are proliferated using intrusive advertising and "bundling" (stealth installation of rogue apps with regular software/apps) methods. Developers do not disclose installation of "bundled" apps properly - they hide them within various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download or installation processes. Many users often rush and skip these steps. Furthermore, they often click "tempting", yet dubious ads/links without understanding the possible consequences. This carelessness often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Poor knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We also advise you to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since criminals monetize them using the "bundling" method. You should download software from official/trusted sources only and, preferably, using direct download links. Furthermore, be aware that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other dubious websites. If you experience these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Having a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed is also paramount.

Deceptive application installer promoting MyMacUpdater adware:

Delusive installer used to promote MyMacUpdater

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Quick menu:

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

MyMacUpdater PUP removal:

Remove MyMacUpdater-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 “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, 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 updateyourmac 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

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.

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.

UpdateYourMac potentially unwanted program removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove updateyourmac 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 updateyourmac 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 updateyourmac 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.