Advanced Mac Tuneup Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Advanced Mac Tuneup potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Advanced Mac Tuneup from Mac?

What is Advanced Mac Tuneup?

Advanced Mac Tuneup is a dubious application that claims to enhance system performance by optimizing and removing all threats/malware. Initially, Advanced Mac Tuneup may seem legitimate, however, developers promote this app using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", and thus it often infiltrates systems without permission. Therefore, Advanced Mac Tuneup is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Advanced Mac Tuneup unwanted application

One of the main Advanced Mac Tuneup features is malware removal. After performing a system scan, users are presented with many potential infections/threats that must be eliminated immediately, however, since the free version of Advanced Mac Tuneup is incapable of doing this, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. Be aware, however, that it is currently not confirmed if this application is reliable. There are dozens of fake system optimization tools that deliver false positives simply to trick users into purchasing so-called full versions. There is a high probability that your computer is optimized and virus free. We recommend that you to uninstall this application. As mentioned above, Advanced Mac Tuneup is distributed using the "bundling" method. Therefore, developers typically "bundle" several potentially unwanted applications at once. Advanced Mac Tuneup might have been deployed together with adware or browser hijackers. These apps are designed to deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather various information about your browsing activity. Therefore, as well as removing Advanced Mac Tuneup, you should also eliminate other dubious applications/browser plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
NameAdvanced Mac Tuneup potentially unwanted application
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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Potentially unwanted applications are all very similar. By offering "useful functionality", these apps attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Most deliver no real value for regular users. Potentially unwanted applications deliver intrusive advertisements, gather sensitive information, cause unwanted redirects, and, in some cases, promote in-app purchases. In doing so, PUAs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Advanced Mac Tuneup is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, as mentioned above, it is also distributed using the "bundling" method - stealth installation of third party software with regular (usually free) applications. Developers do not adequately disclose PUA installations. Therefore, most are hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users rush these procedures and skip steps. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections - the key to caution is safety. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included dialogs. Also opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are advised to download programs only from their official sources, using direct download links. Potentially unwanted applications are also distributed using intrusive advertisements that redirect to malicious sites and run scripts that download/install malware. Most seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) If you experience these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser add-ons. If your computer is already infected with PUPs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of Advanced Mac Tuneup application (GIF):

Appearance of Advanced Mac Tuneup scam (GIF)

Updated version of Advanced Mac Tuneup unwanted application:

Advanced Mac Tuneup updated application

Website promoting Advanced Mac Tuneup PUA:

Official Advanced Mac Tuneup website

Official Advanced Mac Tuneup installation setup:

Official Advanced Mac Tuneup installer

Fake Adobe Flash Player installer that "bundles" Advanced Mac Tuneup unwanted application:

Fake Adobe Flash Player installer that distributes Advanced Mac Tuneup

Another deceptive free software installer bundling this potentially unwanted application:

advanced mac tuneup deceptive installer sample 2

Another installation setup distributing Advanced Mac Tuneup unwanted application:

Advanced Mac Tuneup installation setup sample 4

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

Advanced Mac Tuneup PUP system preferences

Instant automatic removal of Advanced Mac Tuneup potentially unwanted application: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Advanced Mac Tuneup potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Advanced Mac Tuneup unwanted application using Combo Cleaner:

Potentially unwanted applications 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 advanced mac tuneup potentially unwanted application 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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.

Advanced Mac Tuneup potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove advanced mac tuneup potentially unwanted application 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 advanced mac tuneup potentially unwanted application 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 advanced mac tuneup potentially unwanted application 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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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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