My Mac Speedup Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "My Mac Speedup" from Mac?

What is "My Mac Speedup"?

Developers claim that My Mac Speedup is a legitimate app that fixes, cleans, and improves the performance of Mac computers. This app is promoted to optimize MacOS operating systems, however, it is known as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it is promoted and distributed using the "bundling" method. Therefore, most people install My Mac Speedup inadvertently.

My Mac Speedup scam

My Mac Speedup includes tools such as "Cache Manager", "Logs Manager", "Trash Manager", "Extra Languages", "Rogue Apps", "Uninstaller", and so on. All available tools supposedly improve Mac computer performance, remove unwanted apps, save space, fix various system issues, and so on. In fact, these tools can only be used if a 'full version' of My Mac Speedup is purchased (if the app is activated). The basic version can only scan Mac computers and cannot perform any other actions. Once a scan is finished, a list of various 'issues' is displayed that supposedly need fixing to enhance performance or to optimize the system in other ways. PUAs often display fake results to trick people into purchasing certain apps to resolve detected 'problems'. This behaviour is very common to apps promoted using the "bundling" method. Do not trust these apps (including My Mac Speedup). Furthermore, "bundling" is often used to promote several PUAs at once. Therefore, during installation of My Mac Speedup, other browser hijackers or adware-type apps were also installed. These unwanted apps usually collect user-system information, feed users with advertisements, cause redirects to dubious websites, and so on. We advise you to remove all apps of this type immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name My Mac Speedup potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-GV [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.DG Potentially Unwanted), Ikarus (PUA.MAC.AMCleaner), Full List (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

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The internet is full of potentially unwanted apps that are similar to My Mac Speedup including, for example, Super Mac Cleaner, Mac Speedup Pro, and Advanced Mac Cleaner. These apps supposedly optimize MacOS systems. Developers promote them as 'useful tools' that are capable of providing various features, however, these are merely attempts to trick people into downloading and using PUAs. They deliver none of the functions promised.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

My Mac Speedup can be downloaded from its official website, however, users often install it inadvertently. This usually happens when they click intrusive/unwanted ads that are capable of executing scripts designed to download and install PUAs or when software developers employ a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is used to trick people into installing unwanted apps together with other chosen software. Developers usually do not disclose information about the inclusion of unwanted apps in installation or download set-ups. They hide them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the set-ups. Note, however, that unwanted installations/downloads usually occur only when people skip installation/download steps (or clicking untrustworthy ads).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be cautious when downloading, installing software, and when clicking on various advertisements. Download software using official sources (websites), use directs links. Avoid using Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule, and so on), third party software downloaders/installers and other dubious tools. Install software with care. Check available "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings or options of the installation/download set-up. Make sure that there are no checkboxes ticked by default. Many online ads may seem legitimate, however, once clicked, they redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). If you experience unwanted or random redirects, a PUA might be installed on your system. Check your browser for any suspicious entries (plug-ins, add-ons, extensions, etc.), and remove them immediately. This also applies to programs installed on a computer. 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 My Mac Speedup installer:

My Mac Speedup installer

Screenshot of My Mac Speedup application:

My Mac Speedup application

Appearance of My Mac Speedup app (GIF):

Appearance of My Mac Speedup scam (GIF)

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

My Mac Speedup PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove My Mac Speedup 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 my mac speedup 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.

My Mac Speedup potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove my mac speedup 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 my mac speedup 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 my mac speedup 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.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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

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