Mac Tweak Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "Mac Tweak" from Mac?

What is "Mac Tweak"?

Mac Tweak (also known as Mac Tweak Pro, Mac-Tweak Pro, MacTweakPro, Mac-Tweak-Pro and Mac Tweak-Pro) developers claim that their application is a system optimization tool that fixes errors, cleans computers from unnecessary files, and improves overall Mac performance. Do not download/install or trust this application. Developers promote Mac Tweak using deceptive (untrustworthy) websites that display fake virus alerts, error messages, and so on. Furthermore, it is also promoted using the "bundling" method, and thus many users install this app inadvertently. For these reasons, Mac Tweak is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Mac Tweak scam

When a system scan is performed, Mac Tweak displays a list of 'issues' - fixing them supposedly improves computer performance, saves disk space, and so on. Note, however, that fixing any of the detected issues requires activation of the app and users are thus encouraged to purchase a 'full version' of Mac Tweak. There are many dubious apps that display fake results (detect so-called 'issues' that do not exist), thereby tricking users into purchasing full versions of these rogue apps. Do not trust apps that are promoted using the "bundling" method or through deceptive websites that display fake error alerts for viruses and other problems. Mac Tweak is probably designed only to trick people into purchasing software and has no other real purpose. Furthermore, "bundling" is often used to distribute several unwanted apps at once (browser hijackers and adware-type applications). Once installed, these PUAs usually feed users with intrusive ads, cause unwanted redirects, and record browsing-related (and other) data. They also force users to visit deceptive websites that display fake errors, virus alerts, and promote dubious applications such as Mac Tweak. We recommend that you uninstall all installed unwanted apps such as browser hijackers, adware, and the Mac Tweak app.

Threat Summary:
NameMac Tweak Pro 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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Mac Tweak is not the only app that is distributed using the "bundling" method/deceptive websites and promoted as a 'useful tool'. Other examples of similar apps are Mac-Mechanic, Advanced Mac Cleaner, and Mac Cleanup Pro. PUAs are often presented as legitimate and useful tools, however, these are merely attempts to trick users into downloading and installing them. Typically, apps of this type provide none of the features promised, tools, or other functionality. They are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. Furthermore, having PUAs installed might cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Mac Tweak has an official website from where it can be downloaded, however, it can also be downloaded through untrustworthy (deceptive) websites or when software developers use "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into installing (or downloading) unwanted apps together with regular software. PUAs are usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings or options of the download/installation set-ups. Furthermore, many users install unwanted apps inadvertently when they skip download/installation steps without checking settings and leaving them unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent download/installation of unwanted apps, browse the web and download/install software with care. Do not trust websites claiming that they have detected viruses, errors, or other issues on your computer. Do not download apps promoted on them. Note that there are no websites that are capable of detecting issues of this type. Download software using official websites (and direct links) or other trustworthy sources. Check all settings and options such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Deselect additionally-included apps and only then complete the download/installation process. Note that there many PUAs are distributed through intrusive ads: some are capable of executing scripts that download and install unwanted apps or simply lead to websites that trick users into installing them. Furthermore, these ads often lead to untrustworthy websites such as pornography, gambling, adult dating, or other potentially malicious websites. If you encounter unwanted redirects, check for unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons) installed on your browser, or programs on your computer, and remove them. 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 Tweak" unwanted application (GIF):

Appearance of Mac Tweak scam (GIF)

Screenshot of Mac Tweak application:

Mac Tweak potentially unwanted application

Fake virus alert promoting Mac Tweak application:

fake virus alert promoting Mac Tweak application

Fake scan results displayed by the aforementioned virus alert:

fake scan results displayed by virus alert

Screenshot of the Mac Tweak app installer:

Mac Tweak app installer 

Update January 22, 2019 - Developers have recently released an updated version of Mac Tweak which is now named Mac Tweak Pro.

Screenshot of the updated application (Mac Tweak Pro):

Mac Tweak Pro unwanted application

Screenshot of the updated version's installation setup:

Mac Tweak Pro installation setup

IMPORTANT NOTE! Mac Tweak (and Mac Tweak 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 Tweak" (or "Mac Tweak Pro") entry.  Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Mac Tweak PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Mac Tweak 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 mac tweak 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 Tweak Pro potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac tweak 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 tweak 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 tweak 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.

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