Mac Tuneup Pro Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Mac Tuneup Pro potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Mac Tuneup Pro" from Mac?

What is "Mac Tuneup Pro"?

Mac Tuneup Pro (also known as Mac-TuneupPro, Mac Tuneup, or Mac-Tuneup-Pro) is presented as a legitimate application that supposedly allows users to optimize their Mac computers and enhance performance. Judging on appearance alone, Mac Tuneup Pro may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers promote this app using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Thus, it is likely to infiltrate computers without direct user permission. It is also promoted using deceptive messages that display fake errors and encourage users to download tools that will fix them. Therefore, Mac Tuneup Pro is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Mac Tuneup Pro unwanted application download website

Mac Tuneup Pro allows users to scan the system to find existing errors. In fact, Mac Tuneup Pro does this automatically on the first run. Note that the free version of Mac Tuneup Pro is not capable of fixing any errors. Therefore, victims are encouraged to purchase the 'full version' (pay for Mac Tuneup Pro activation). Note, however, that many fake system optimization tools are promoted using the "bundling" method. These apps display fake scan results simply to trick users into purchasing so-called 'full versions' that deliver no real value. Once purchased, these apps merely clean the fake list and nothing more. They do not enhance system performance in any way. Mac Tuneup Pro is also distributed the "bundling" method, and it is currently unknown whether this app can be trusted. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you uninstall this app and do not pay for the full version. In addition, "bundling" is often used to proliferate several unwanted applications at once. Therefore, Mac Tuneup Pro may not be the only PUA that has infiltrated your computer. In most cases, criminals use this method to proliferate adware and browser hijackers. These apps deliver advertisements, cause redirects, and gather various information. As well as uninstalling Mac Tuneup Pro, you should remove other dubious applications/browser plug-ins as well.

Threat Summary:
NameMac Tuneup 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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There are many applications that are identical to Mac Tuneup Pro. For example, My Mac Speedup, Cleanup My Mac, Advanced Mac Booster, etc. In fact, potentially unwanted applications are all very similar. By offering "useful features", these apps attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. They often succeed. In fact, few PUAs provide the functions promised. Most are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, PUAs cause unwanted redirects, gather information, deliver advertisements, and promote in-app purchases.

How did Mac Tuneup Pro install on my computer?

Mac Tuneup Pro is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, as mentioned above, Mac Tuneup Pro is also distributed using the "bundling" method. Therefore, it is likely to infiltrate computers without users’ permission. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. These people are not honest enough to adequately disclose installation of these programs. Furthermore, many users rush these processes and skip steps - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of third party apps. Users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy. As mentioned above, Mac Tuneup Pro is also distributed using rogue websites. These sites display pop-up windows stating that users' computers are damaged/infected and must be fixed immediately. Users are encouraged to immediately download software that will supposedly resolve all problems (in this case, Mac Tuneup Pro).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious during the download/installation processes, and when browsing the internet. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using "Custom/Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and do not accept offers to download/install them. We strongly advise you to download software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus these tools should never be used. Unwanted apps are also distributed using intrusive advertisements, most of which seem legitimate, however, they often redirect to dubious sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, survey, etc.) These ads are often delivered by adware-type apps. If you encounter these ads or redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications/browser plug-ins. 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 Tuneup Pro application (GIF):

Appearance of Mac Tuneup Pro app (GIF)

Screenshot of Mac Tuneup Pro application:

Unwanted application Mac Tuneup Pro

Fake error website promoting Mac Tuneup Pro:

Deceptive website promoting Mac Tuneup Pro

Official Mac Tuneup Pro installer setup:

Mac Tuneup Pro installation setup

IMPORTANT NOTE! Mac Tuneup 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 a "Mac Tuneup Pro", "Mac-TuneupPro" or "Mac Tuneup" entry.  Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Mac Tuneup Pro PUA system preferences

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

Video showing how to remove Mac Tuneup Pro 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 tuneup 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.

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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.

Mac Tuneup Pro potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac tuneup 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 tuneup 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 tuneup 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.