Tweakingtools.info POP-UP Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: tweakingtools.info pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove browser redirects to tweakingtools.info?

What is tweakingtools.info?

tweakingtools.info is a rogue website designed to deliver deceptive content. Most users do not visit this web page willingly - they are redirected by installed adware-type potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). These apps usually infiltrate browsers (or computers) without users' knowledge. Typically, they deliver intrusive ads, monitor users' browsing habits, and record browsing-related data.

tweakingtools.info pop-up redirect mac

Once installed, unwanted apps of this type force affected browsers to continually open tweakingtools.info in new tabs or windows. This website performs fake system scans to promote various potentially unwanted applications (at time of research, the Mac Cleanup Pro PUA). Do not download tools that are promoted using deceptive, untrustworthy, or unofficial websites. PUAs that cause these redirects also deliver intrusive ads, such as coupons and banners. These are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. When clicked, they usually redirect to dubious websites, some of which might be malicious. In some cases, these ads are capable of running scripts that download/install unwanted (possibly, malicious) apps. Additionally, PUAs gather IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites and other browsing-related data. The data might also contain personal details. Developers share the data with third parties (potentially, also cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having these apps installed increases the risk of problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and computer infections. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you uninstall all potentially unwanted apps immediately.

Typically, developers promote potentially unwanted apps by offering useful tools, features, and so on. In fact, these apps are designed only to generate revenue for their developers (by collecting data, causing redirects, and deploying intrusive ads). In most cases, users receive none of the functionality promised or any other value.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Users are often tricked into installing PUAs. Software developers achieve this using "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into installing unwanted apps together with other software. PUAs are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the installation set-ups. Typically, information about the presence of bundled apps in download/installation set-ups is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many users skip installation/download steps and do not check available settings, thus causing inadvertent installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download/install software and browse the web with care. Download software (especially free and ad-supportive software) using official and trustworthy sources, and direct links. Avoid using third party software downloaders, torrents or other similar sources. Do not rush software installation and check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options first (the same applies to checkboxes ticked by default). Deselect any "special offers", tools, or other additional applications before you finish the installation process. If you encounter intrusive ads that redirect you to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on), check the list of the installed applications (add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions) on your browsers and remove any unknown or unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

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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 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 tweakingtools.info pop-up 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

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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.

tweakingtools.info pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove tweakingtools.info pop-up 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 tweakingtools.info pop-up 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 tweakingtools.info pop-up 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.