Malware Crusher Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Malware Crusher potentially unwanted program
Type: Other
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Malware Crusher from Mac?

What is Malware Crusher?

Malware Crusher is a deceptive application identical to Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Mechanic, and MacOptimizer. By offering system optimization functionality, Malware Crusher attempts to give the impression of legitimacy, however, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) typically infiltrates systems without permission. In addition, it is useless for regular users.

Malware Crusher unwanted application

Malware Crusher provides a full system scan feature. After running this scan, users are presented with many 'errors' or 'threats' that must be removed immediately. The free version of Malware Crusher is apparently not capable of doing this and, therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the full version. Furthermore, the entire list of errors is false - despite the report, your system is likely to be perfectly optimized and virus-free. Developers attempt to trick unsuspecting users into purchasing the full version, which is not even required. These criminals generate revenue by abusing unsuspecting users' credulity. As mentioned above, Malware Crusher typically infiltrates systems without permission. Therefore, there is a high probability that it was delivered together with a number of other PUPs. These programs are known for three things: 1) displaying intrusive ads ["Pay Per Click" advertising model]; 2) modification of web browser options [promoting dubious sites], and; 3) information tracking [private data is later sold to third parties]. For these reasons, you should uninstall Malware Crusher and other suspicious applications.

This potentially unwanted program is not only identical to the aforementioned apps, but also shares many similarities with dozens of other rogue applications such as MacKeeper, CompariShop, etc. By offering a 'useful functionality', potentially unwanted programs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did Malware Crusher install on my computer?

Research shows that, although Malware Crusher has an official download website, it typically infiltrates systems without permission. The reasons for this are the poor knowledge and careless behavior of many users. Be aware that potentially unwanted programs are proliferated using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of PUPs together with regular programs). Developers hide "bundled" programs within "Advanced/Custom" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, users are likely to rush these procedures, skip steps, and click various advertisements, without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior can result in inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design, and thus, most seem legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to untrustworthy websites (for example, surveys, gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). If you encounter such redirects, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Advanced" or "Custom" settings and closely analyze each step of the download/installation processes. Decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included. Your applications should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers should never be used, since criminals monetize them by promoting rogue apps (the "bundling" method). Having a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running is also essential. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them

Deceptive application installer promoting Malware Crusher adware:

Delusive installer used to promote Malware Crusher

Screenshot of potentially unwanted program Malware Crusher:

Potentially unwanted program Malware Crusher

IMPORTANT NOTE! Malware Crusher 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 know as Current User).
  • Click Login Items.
  • Look for "Malware Crusher" entry. Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Advanced Malware Crusher system preferences

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Quick menu:

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

Malware Crusher PUP removal:

Remove 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 malware crusher 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.

Malware Crusher potentially unwanted program removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove malware crusher 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 malware crusher 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 malware crusher 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.