Advanced Mac Booster Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove Advanced Mac Booster from Mac?

What is Advanced Mac Booster?

Developers of Advanced Mac Booster application state that this app optimizes MacOS systems. It supposedly allows users to clean MacOS systems, fix various issues, thus improving overall operating system performance. In fact, this app is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and is promoted using the "bundling" method. Therefore, most people install/download Advanced Mac Booster inadvertently.

Advanced Mac Booster scam

Advanced Mac Booster contains three main tools: "Cleaners" (cache manager, logs manager, and so on), "Utilities" (uninstaller, browsing history, and login items cleaner) and "File Managers" (duplicate and large files managers). Note, however, that Advanced Mac Booster must be activated before these tools become available. Therefore, users must purchase the 'full version' of this app. If it is not activated, the app can only perform a free scan, which, at time of research, detected a number of 'issues' (all probably fake). PUAs promoted using the "bundling" method often display fake scan results to encourage users to purchase so-called 'full versions' to fix the issues. Furthermore, the "bundling" method is often used to distribute more than one unwanted app at once. Therefore, installation of Advanced Mac Booster might also result in installation of browser hijacker or adware-type apps. When installed, these PUAs often record user-system information (browsing-related and other data), feed users with advertisements, and cause unwanted redirects (usually to dubious websites). We advise you to check the list of apps installed on your browser and remove any dubious entries. Do not use apps that are promoted using deceptive methods such as "bundling".

Threat Summary:
Name Advanced Mac Booster potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Generic.13023), DrWeb (Program.Mac.Unwanted.AMC.328), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), 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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There are many potentially unwanted applications similar to Advanced Mac Booster including Smart Mac Cleaner, Mac Speedup Pro, and Mac Cleanup Pro. Most of these apps are presented as useful and legitimate tools capable of providing real value, however, once installed, they deliver none of the functionality promised and are used only to generate revenue for the developers.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Advanced Mac Booster has a website from which it can be downloaded, however, most users install these applications unintentionally when software developers use "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into installing potentially unwanted apps together with other, regular software. Software developers hide information regarding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections of the download/installation set-ups. Furthermore, many users skip installation steps and thus cause unwanted installations or downloads. In some cases, these installations can be caused by clicking intrusive, deceptive advertisements that are capable of executing scripts designed to download and install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using legitimate, official and trustworthy websites or other sources only. Do not use third party software downloaders, torrent clients or other such tools. Handle each software installation with care - do not finish any installation without first checking all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other options or settings of the installation processes. Deselect all bundled apps and only then finish the installation. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements (often developed by cyber criminals) may seem legitimate, however, they are often malicious and cause unwanted redirects to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.). If you encounter ads that redirect to dubious websites, check for unknown or unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser and programs installed on your computer. Remove suspicious entries 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 Advanced Mac Booster installer:

Advanced Mac Booster installer 

Screenshot of Advanced Mac Booster app:

Advanced Mac Booster application

Appearance of Advanced Mac Booster app (GIF):

Appearance of Advanced Mac Booster scam (GIF)

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

Advanced Mac Booster PUA system preferences

Instant automatic removal of Advanced Mac Booster 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 Advanced Mac Booster potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Advanced Mac Booster 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 advanced mac booster 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.

Advanced Mac Booster potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove advanced mac booster 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 advanced mac booster 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 advanced mac booster 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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