MacRapidizer Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "MacRapidizer" from Mac?

What is "MacRapidizer"?

Developers promote MacRapidizer as a Mac repair tool that enhances system performance and removes programs that make systems vulnerable to malicious attacks. These features may seem useful, however, the app itself is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it is promoted using "bundling", a deceptive marketing method.

MacRapidizer scam

MacRapidizer allows users to scan their systems and clean cache memory, manage logs, uninstall apps, clean browsing history, and so on. To use any additions/improvements, however, users must purchase the 'full version'. The free version only allows the initial scan. There are many similar apps that offer these free scans - they display a list of 'found issues' (often, many). In fact, most apps of this type are distributed using the "bundling" method. These apps should not be trusted, since they often provide fake results and encourage users to purchase so-called 'full versions', however, these do not deliver any real value. The fake results are displayed simply to give people the impression that there are many problems with their computers and that only certain software can fix them. It is not known whether MacRapidizer is one of these programs, but it is a strong possibility. Note that MacRapidizer might not be the only bundled PUA that has infiltrated your computer. The "bundling" method is used to proliferate more than one app at once. Therefore, it is possible that MacRapidizer was installed together with adware and browser hijackers. These apps are designed to cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive ads, and collect data. We recommend that you uninstall the MacRapidizer app, and also check for other unwanted applications and to uninstall them.

Threat Summary:
NameMacRapidizer 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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MacRapidizer is very similar to many other applications of this type such as Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Cleanup Pro, MacOptimizer, and Mac Mechanic. Generally, developers promote these as useful apps to give the impression of legitimacy and trick people into downloading/installing them. In fact, few provide the features promised. Frequently, potentially unwanted apps serve just one purpose: to generate revenue for their developers. Apps of this type deliver unwanted redirects and intrusive ads, and steal data. Having them installed might cause various privacy or browsing safety issues.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

As we mentioned above, MacRapidizer is promoted using the "bundling" method. Software developers use this deceptive marketing method to trick people into downloading unwanted apps with regular software. They achieve this by not disclosing information properly and hiding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the installation processes. Furthermore, many users skip installation steps and leave all available settings unchecked. This behaviour is the a common reason for unintentional installations of unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third party software downloaders, torrents, and untrustworthy websites as sources to download software. The safest way to download is using official, trustworthy websites and direct links. Check "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 intrusive advertisements, especially on suspicious websites. Malicious advertisements often seem legitimate, since developers invest time and money into their design, however, they can redirect to untrustworthy sites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. If you often encounter unwanted redirects, check for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser. Also check the list of the installed programs on your computer. Remove all the unknown/unwanted applications or programs immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of "MacRapidizer" installer:

MacRapidizer installer

Screenshot of "MacRapidizer" app:

MacRapidizer app

Appearance of "MacRapidizer" (GIF):

MacRapidizer app (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 known as Current User).
  • Click Login Items.
  • Look for "MacRapidizer" entry.  Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

MacRapidizer PUA system preferences

Instant automatic removal of MacRapidizer 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 MacRapidizer potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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.

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.

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.

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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