MacRapidizer Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: MacRapidizer potentially unwanted application
Type: Other
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "MacRapidizer" from Mac?

What is "MacRapidizer"?

MacRapidizer developers promote this as Mac repair tool that allows users to enhance system performance and remove various programs that make systems vulnerable to malicious attacks. These features might be useful, however, the app itself is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA). That is because it is promoted using the "bundling" which is a deceptive marketing method.

MacRapidizer scam

MacRapidizer allows users to scan their systems and clean cache, manage logs, uninstall apps, clean browsing history and so on. However, in order to be able to make any of the available improvements users must to purchase a full version. In other words, the only thing users get for free is the initial scan. There are many similar apps that offer users to perform a free scan and display a list of found issues, usually more than several. However, most apps of this type are distributed using the "bundling" method. Such apps should not be trusted because they often provide users with fake results and encourage users to purchase full versions. However, purchased versions do not deliver any real value. Those fake results usually are displayed to give people impression that there are many problems with the computer and that some particular software can fix them. It is unknown whether MacRapidizer is one of these programs, but it is possible. Besides, it is possible that MacRapidizer was not the only bundled PUA that has infiltrated your computer. It is very common for "bundling" method to be used to proliferate more than one app at once. It is possible that MacRapidizer was installed together with some adware or/and browser hijackers. These apps are designed to cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive ads and collect various data. We recommend to uninstall not only MacRapidizer app, but to check if there are any other unwanted applications and to uninstall them too.

MacRapidizer is very similar to other applications of this type such as Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Cleanup Pro, MacOptimizer, Mac Mechanic and many others. As a rule, developers promote these apps as useful to give an impression of legitimacy and to trick people into downloading/installing them. However, only a small number of such applications provide users with the promised features. Most of the times potentially unwanted apps are designed to serve one purpose, which is to generate revenue for their developers. Very often apps of this type are the reason behind unwanted redirects, intrusive ads or stolen data. Having such apps installed might cause various privacy or browsing safety issues.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

As we mentioned in our introduction, MacRapidizer is promoted using a "bundling" method. Software developers use this deceptive marketing method to trick people into downloading various unwanted apps together with regular software. They achieve it by do not disclosing information properly and hiding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the installation processes. It is known that there are many users out there who skip the installation steps and leave all the available settings unchecked. Such behaviour is the most common reason behind unintentional installations of various unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to avoid using various third party software downloaders, torrents or untrustworthy websites as sources to download software. The safest way to download software is using official, trustworthy websites and direct links. Always check what are the "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections of the installation process. Deselect any unwanted applications and only then finish the installation or proceed to the next step. Avoid clicking on various intrusive advertisements, especially in suspicious websites. Quite often malicious advertisements look legitimate, since developers invest money in ads' design. However, such ads might redirect to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. If you often encounter unwanted redirects, then we recommend you to check if there are no unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on your web browser. Check the list of the installed programs on your computer as well. Remove all the unknown/unwanted applications or programs as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of "MacRapidizer" installer:

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Screenshot of "MacRapidizer" app:

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Appearance of "MacRapidizer" (GIF):

Appearance of MacRapidizer scam (GIF)

IMPORTANT NOTE! MacRapidizer 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 know as Current User).
  • Click Login Items.
  • Look for "MacRapidizer" entry.  Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

MacRapidizer PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove MacRapidizer unwanted application using Combo Cleaner:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker 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 macrapidizer 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.

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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.

MacRapidizer potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove macrapidizer 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 macrapidizer 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 macrapidizer 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.