Mac Clean Pro Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Clean Pro potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Mac Clean Pro from Mac?

What is Mac Clean Pro?

Similar to Advanced Mac Tuneup and Secure Mac Tuneup, Mac Clean Pro is a dubious application that claims to clean and optimize computers. Judging on appearance alone, Mac Clean Pro may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since developers proliferate it using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".

Mac Clean Pro unwanted application

Virus removal is one of the main Mac Clean Pro features. After scanning the system, users are presented with many infections that must supposedly be eliminated. The 'free version' of Mac Clean Pro is apparently not able to do this. Therefore, to resolve all issues, users must purchase the 'full version'. Bear in mind, however, that the Mac Clean Pro application is bogus - there is no guarantee that the listed infections actually exist. Furthermore, there are dozens of fake anti-virus/system optimization tools distributed using the "bundling" method. All claim that system is damaged, but these claims are merely attempts to promote in-app purchases. Again, it is currently unknown whether Mac Clean Pro scan results are trustworthy - there is a high probability that your computer is optimized and virus-free. Therefore, we advise to remove this application and not to pay for the full version. If you are not sure whether your computer is safe, scan the system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite, such as Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS. As mentioned, developers promote Mac Clean Pro via the "bundling" method. In most cases, "bundling" is used to proliferate several PUAs at once. Therefore, Mac Clean Pro might be one of a number of PUAs that infiltrated your system. "Bundling" is often used to proliferate adware and browser hijackers that deliver intrusive advertisements, gather sensitive information, and cause unwanted redirects. Therefore, if Mac Clean Pro has infiltrated the system without your consent, also remove other dubious applications/browser plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name Mac Clean Pro potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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The Internet is full of rogue potentially unwanted applications that claim to be legitimate. By offering "useful features", these programs often trick users to install, however, since their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers, many PUAs provide no significant value for regular users. These rogue applications cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements, record personal information, and promote in-app purchases. In doing so, they pose a significant threat to your privacy and browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Mac Clean Pro has an official download website, however, remember that developers promote this potentially unwanted applications using the aforementioned "bundling" method - stealth installation of software with regular (usually free) applications. Developers do not disclose installation of "bundled" applications properly. They conceal them within various sections (in most cases, "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation procedures. In addition, users often rush these procedures and skip steps - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications such as Mac Clean Pro.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Carefully analyze all windows of the download/installation dialogs. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings, observe each step, and opt-out of all additionally-included applications. We also recommend that you avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by "bundling" PUAs. Apps should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. As well as using the "bundling" method, developers proliferate potentially unwanted applications using intrusive advertisements (which lead to malicious websites and run scripts that download and install PUAs). Most of these ads seem legitimate, but typically lead to dubious websites (pornography, gambling, adult dating, etc.). If you experience these ads, eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. The main reasons for computer infections are lack of knowledge and careless behavior - the key to safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of "Mac Clean Pro" PUA (GIF):

Appearance of Mac Clean Pro scam (GIF)

Mac Clean Pro official promotion site:

Official Mac Clean Pro website

Official Mac Clean Pro installation setup:

Official Mac Clean Pro installer

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

Mac Clean Pro PUA system preferences

Instant automatic removal of Mac Clean Pro 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 Mac Clean Pro potentially unwanted application. 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 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 mac clean pro 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.

Mac Clean Pro potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac clean pro 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 mac clean pro 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 mac clean pro 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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