Mac Tonic Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Tonic virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Mac Tonic from Mac?

What is Mac Tonic?

Mac Tonic is a deceptive application similar to Mac Auto Fixer, Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Mechanic, MacOptimizer, and a number of other rogue apps. By offering system optimization and malware removal functionality, Mac Tonic attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, this app is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that infiltrates systems without users’ permission.

Mac Tonic unwanted application

This PUA provides a function to scan the system and search for potential infections. After the scan, users are presented with a list containing hundreds of infections. Furthermore, the free version of Mac Tonic is not capable of eliminating detected threats and users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. This is a scam - the list of detected threats is fake. Cyber criminals generate revenue by tricking gullible users into purchasing a full version that is not even needed - your computer is likely to be safe and virus-free. In addition, the full version gives no real value, since it simply opens "backdoors" for other viruses to infiltrate the system. Therefore, never be tricked into purchasing the full version of the Mac Tonic PUA. As mentioned above, it is likely infiltrate systems without consent. There is a probability that it came together with a number of other rogue applications, such as adware or browser hijackers. These programs deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information - behavior that poses a direct treat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety. Therefore, as with Mac Tonic, all potentially unwanted apps should be eliminated immediately.

There are hundreds of potentially unwanted applications that share similarities with Mac Tonic. As with Mac Tonic, these applications also offer "useful features", however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They deliver no real value for regular users and all claims are attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, PUAs cause unwanted redirects, gather sensitive information, deliver intrusive ads, and (sometimes) promote in-app purchases.

How did Mac Tonic install on my computer?

Mac Tonic is typically proliferated using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party apps with regular software) and fake error messages delivered by deceptive websites. Developers know that users often rush when downloading and installing software. Therefore, "bundled" apps are hidden within various sections (typically "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of these procedures. Fake errors state that the system is infected and encourages users to immediately download Mac Tonic to resolve all issues. Therefore, skipping download/installation steps and installing various applications (without understanding the possible consequences) exposes systems to risk of various infections. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior.

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. Potentially unwanted applications are often distributed using intrusive advertisements that lead to malicious sites and run scripts that stealthily download and install malware. These advertisements typically seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to survey, gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. If you encounter such ads, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. We also strongly recommend that you 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. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers monetized using the "bundling" method and, thus, these tools should never be used. If your computer is already infected with Mac Tonic, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this PUA.

Official Mac Tonic PUA installation setup:

Delusive installer used to promote Mac Tonic

Fake error promoting Mac Tonic PUA:

Dubious website used to promote Mac Tonic

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

Mac Tonic PUP system preferences

Instant automatic removal of Mac Tonic virus: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Mac Tonic virus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

Potentially unwanted programs removal:

Remove PUP-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 tonic virus 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 Tonic virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac tonic virus 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 tonic virus 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 tonic virus 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.