Speedup Mac Pro Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "Speedup Mac Pro" from Mac?

What is "Speedup Mac Pro"?

Speedup Mac Pro is promoted as an application that takes care of Mac computers - ensures that MacOS operating systems run smoothly without any errors. It is categorized as system optimization tool, however, developers also promote it using the "bundling" method. Apps promoted in this way are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Generally, people install apps of this type inadvertently. It is also worth noting that in order to prevent anti-virus detections developers often use a slightly different application names (e.g., SpeedupMac~Pro, SpeedupMac-Pro, etc.)

Speedup Mac Pro scam

Speedup Mac Pro includes tools such as log, cache, trash and cache managers, uninstallers, browsing history cleaners, etc. It allows users to run a free scan. When finished, this scan displays a list of various problems/issues. To deal with them, the Speedup Mac Pro application must be purchased and activated. Many PUAs display fake scan results to encourage users to purchase the software - they give the impression that there are many problems and the app can solve them. It is not known whether Speedup Mac Pro is one of these rogue applications, however, many apps promoted via the "bundling" method operate in this way. Furthermore, PUAs are often promoted together with other unwanted apps (adware-type apps and various browser hijackers). Once installed, they deliver advertisements, open dubious websites, collect information, and so on. Therefore, all apps that are promoted using the "bundling" method should not be trusted.

Threat Summary:
Name Speedup Mac Pro potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Agent-GV [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:Agent-GV [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.DG Potentially Unwanted), 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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Speedup Mac Pro is very similar to Mac Speedup Pro, Mac Cleanup Pro, and MacOptimizer, however, these are just some examples. The internet is full of potentially unwanted apps. Developers present them as 'useful', however, Once downloaded and installed, they provide none of the promised features, tools, or any other value.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Speedup Mac Pro can be downloaded from its website, however, most users installed it unintentionally, since developers use the "bundling" method and hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" or other parts of the software download/installation set-ups. They do not disclose information regarding the inclusion of PUAs in set-ups. Note, however, that these downloads or installations happen only if people leave available settings/options unchanged. This usually occurs when they rush software download/installation procedures without carefully studying them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not use unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and so on), third party downloaders, or other similar sources to download software. The most reliable option is to download software using official websites (and direct links). Additionally, install (and download) software patiently. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of any download or installation setup. Dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps. Furthermore, intrusive ads displayed on unofficial websites cannot be trusted. If clicked, they usually open dubious (potentially, malicious) websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If these ads appear regularly or the browser opens dubious websites, it is possible that there is an unwanted app installed on the browser or operating system. Check installed extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins on the browser and programs on the computer. Remove any PUAs 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 Speedup Mac Pro installer

Speedup Mac Pro installer

Screenshot of SpeedupMac~Pro installation setup.

SpeedupMac~Pro unwanted application installer setup

Speedup Mac Pro application:

 Speedup Mac Pro application

Appearance of Speedup Mac Pro app (GIF):

Appearance of Speedup Mac Pro scam (GIF)

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

Speedup Mac Pro PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Speedup Mac 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 speedup mac 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.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Speedup Mac Pro potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove speedup mac 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 speedup mac 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 speedup mac 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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