Mac Cleanup Pro Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Mac Cleanup Pro from Mac?

What is Mac Cleanup Pro?

Mac Cleanup Pro is a dubious application presented as a high quality system optimization/cleaning tool. This is a new variant of another questionable app called Advanced Mac Cleaner. Its appearance suggests that Mac Cleanup Pro is legitimate and useful, however, it often infiltrates systems without permission, since developers promote it using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". It is also proliferated using fake error messages delivered by malicious websites. For these reasons, Mac Cleanup Pro is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Mac Cleanup Pro unwanted application

After scanning the system, Mac Cleanup Pro delivers a list of files that should be deleted to improve system performance, however, the 'free version' of is supposedly only able to detect files, not remove them. To remove detected files, users must purchase the 'full version'. Note, however, that system cleaners distributed using the "bundling" method are often fake. They deliver false scan results just to trick users into purchasing so-called full versions (to resolve issues that do not exist). Mac Cleanup Pro might also be one of these rogue apps. Therefore, we recommend that you consider uninstalling this application. Be aware that "bundling" is often used to proliferate several unwanted applications at once. Therefore, Mac Cleanup Pro may not be the only PUA that has infiltrated your computer. In most cases, "bundling" is used to  distribute adware and browser hijackers. These apps deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information. In most cases, users visit fake error-displaying websites inadvertently - they are redirected to them by unwanted applications. Therefore, as well as uninstalling Mac Cleanup Pro, you should remove other dubious applications (especially if you experience the aforementioned ads and redirects).

Threat Summary:
Name Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (mcp_mcpsite.pkg)
Avast (MacOS:AMC-FR [PUP]), BitDefender (Application.MAC.InstallMiez.BRN), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.V potentially unwanted), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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

To eliminate Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
▼ Download Combo Cleaner
Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Combo Cleaner.

Mac Cleanup Pro is identical to a number of other dubious system optimizers, such as MacOptimizer, Mac Mechanic, etc. In fact, all potentially unwanted applications are very similar. By offering "useful features", apps such as Mac Cleanup Pro attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. Few provide features promised. These programs have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, they cause unwanted redirects, gather information, and deliver ads, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a direct threat to your privacy and web browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

As mentioned above, Mac Cleanup Pro is distributed using the "bundling" method and fake error messages. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Developers are not honest enough to adequately disclose installation of unwanted apps and hide them within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Fake errors falsely claim that the system is infected to trick users into downloading tools that will 'fix' non-existent errors. 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 attention when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Never believe any website that delivers messages claiming that your computer is infected, or similar. No browser or website is capable of detecting malware and these claims are false. Furthermore, carefully analyze download/installation steps and opt-out of additionally-included programs. Avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most "bundle" rogue apps. Programs should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. PUAs are often distributed using intrusive advertisements that redirect to malicious websites or execute scripts that download and install software (or even high-risk malware). Most are delivered by adware-type apps. If you encounter dubious redirects (to pornography, gambling, survey, and other suspicious sites), remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. 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 Cleanup Pro application (GIF):

Appearance of Mac Cleanup Pro (GIF)

Screenshot of Mac Cleanup Pro application:

Appearance of Mac Cleanup Pro application

Fake error promoting Mac Cleanup Pro application:

Fake error promoting Mac Cleanup Pro

Fake scan displayed by the said error:

Fake scan promoting Mac Cleanup Pro

Fake Adobe Flash Player installer attempting to trick users into installing Mac Cleanup Pro unwanted application:

Fake Adobe Flash Player updater distributing Mac Cleanup pro

Another fake Adobe Flash Player installer used to distribute Mac Cleanup Pro unwanted application:

Fake Adobe Flash Player installer used to spread Mac Cleanup Pro unwanted app (sample 2)

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

Mac Cleanup Pro PUA system preferences

Instant automatic removal of Mac Cleanup 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 Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Combo Cleaner for Mac By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Combo Cleaner.

Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Mac Cleanup Pro 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 mac cleanup 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac cleanup 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 cleanup 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 cleanup 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

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

PCrisk security portal is brought by a company RCS LT. Joined forces of security researchers help educate computer users about the latest online security threats. More information about the company RCS LT.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.

Removal Instructions in other languages
Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

QR Code
Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application QR code
A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable code which stores URLs and other information. This code can be read using a camera on a smartphone or a tablet. Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application on your mobile device.
We Recommend:

Get rid of Mac Cleanup Pro potentially unwanted application today:

▼ REMOVE IT NOW with Combo Cleaner for Mac

Platform: macOS

Editors' Rating for Combo Cleaner:
Editors ratingOutstanding!

[Back to Top]

Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Combo Cleaner.