Mac Adware Cleaner Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Adware Cleaner potentially unwanted program
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

How to remove Mac Adware Cleaner from Mac?

What is Mac Adware Cleaner?

Related to Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Adware Cleaner is a rogue application that supposedly enhances system performance by cleaning junk files, removing potentially malicious apps, and enabling other similar functions. Judging on appearance alone, Mac Adware Cleaner may seem legitimate, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) - it often infiltrates systems without consent and gives no real value for regular users.

Mac Adware Cleaner unwanted application

Mac Adware Cleaner allows users to perform a full system scan. Once the process is over, users are presented with many 'issues' that supposedly must be resolved and files that must be removed. Mac Adware Cleaner's free version is apparently incapable of doing this and, therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full' version. Be aware, however, that this is a scam. The entire list of infections/errors is false - Mac Adware Cleaner's developers attempt to scare and trick users into purchasing the full version, which is useless. It simply cleans the list - all claims to enable useful functions are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Uninstall the Mac Adware Cleaner app and certainly do not pay for the full version. As mentioned above, Mac Adware Cleaner typically infiltrates systems without users' consent. Therefore, there is a high probability that it came together with a number of other potentially unwanted programs, such as adware or browser hijackers. As with Mac Adware Cleaner, these apps should also be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
NameMac Adware Cleaner 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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There are dozens of potentially unwanted programs that offer similar functions to Mac Adware Cleaner. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) Free Malware Removal Tool, System Healer, and Dr. Clean Pro 2018. All of these apps may seem legitimate and useful, however, the only purpose of PUPs such as Mac Adware Cleaner is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, potentially unwanted programs deliver intrusive advertisements (adware), cause unwanted redirects (browser hijackers), record personal information (virtually all), and, in this case, promote in-app purchases.

How did Mac Adware Cleaner install on my computer?

Developers proliferate Mac Adware Cleaner using two methods: 1) fake errors, and; 2) "bundling". Fake errors are displayed by various deceptive websites. They state that the system is damaged/infected and encourage users to download a repair tool - Mac Adware Cleaner. "Bundling" is stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs together with regular software. Developers know that users are very likely to rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Clicking various download links and skipping download/installation steps often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications.

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, be very careful when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Never trust errors displayed by a web browser. Most are false (they encourage users to download various apps or call fake tech support). You are advised to simply close the browser - it is better to be safe than sorry. Furthermore, carefully analyze each download/installation step and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are used to promote PUPs, and thus should never be used. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them

Deceptive application installer promoting Mac Adware Cleaner PUP:

Delusive installer used to promote Mac Adware Cleaner

Fake error promoting Mac Adware Cleaner:

Dubious website used to promote Mac Adware Cleaner

IMPORTANT NOTE! Mac Adware Cleaner 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 Adware Cleaner" entry.  Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Mac Adware Cleaner PUP system preferences

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Quick menu:

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

Mac Adware Cleaner PUP removal:

Remove Mac Adware Cleaner-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 mac adware cleaner 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.

Mac Adware Cleaner potentially unwanted program removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac adware cleaner 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 adware cleaner 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 adware cleaner 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.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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