Boost My Mac Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove Boost My Mac from Mac?

What is Boost My Mac?

Boost My Mac is one of many computer (Mac) optimization applications promoted as supposedly making Mac computers run smoothly and without errors. In fact, developers promote this app using the "bundling" method, and thus many people download and install it inadvertently. Therefore, Boost My Mac is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA). Do not trust any PUAs.

Boost My Mac unwanted application

When installed, this app allows users to scan their computers for various issues, allowing them to identify problems that need resolving and measures to be taken (unwanted apps, clear logs, clean browsing history, and so on). It is likely that when a scan is finished, Boost My Mac will find a number of 'issues', however, they cannot be fixed without paying for, and activating, this app. Many potentially unwanted apps detect and display fake errors, issues, etc. They provide fake scan results and encourage users to purchase the so-called 'full version'. It is unclear if Boost My Mac displays fake results, however, most PUAs promoted using the "bundling" method perform this action. Additionally, PUAs are often distributed in packs. Therefore, developers promote several at once. Thus, Boost My Mac might have been installed together with adware-type apps or browser hijackers. Apps of this type are usually designed to collect information about users' browsing activity, cause redirects to untrustworthy websites, deliver advertisements, and so on. Do not trust applications that are promoted using the "bundling" method. If there are any apps of this type installed, remove them as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
NameBoost My Mac 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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Boost My Mac is very similar to other apps of this type including, for example, Cleanup My Mac, Mac Cleanup Pro, and MacOptimizer. Note that the list of unwanted apps of this type is much longer. Generally, PUAs are promoted as useful and legitimate tools. Unfortunately, when installed, they do not operate as expected (or as developers describe). Furthermore, they can be the reason behind problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Boost My Mac is available for download on its website, however, most people install potentially unwanted apps of this type unintentionally. As mentioned above, developers promote it using the "bundling" method. Generally, software developers use this method to trick people into installing (or downloading) unwanted apps together with other software. These apps are included into software installation/download set-ups. Typically, information regarding the bundling of PUAs into set-ups can be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Note, however, that many people do not check these settings and leave them unchanged. This behaviour usually leads to inadvertent these installations or downloads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be downloaded using official websites and direct links. Third party software downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients, and other tools of this type) are not the safest, recommended ways to download software. Software should be installed with care: we recommend that you check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings that are available in the software download or installation setup. Decline any offers to install/download unwanted software. Furthermore, do not click advertisements that are displayed on dubious, unofficial websites. They often cause redirects to untrustworthy (potentially, malicious) websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If a browser opens dubious websites or displays unwanted, intrusive advertisements, check all apps installed on the browser and operating system. Also check the list of installed browser extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. Remove any unwanted entries. Apply this to programs installed on the operating system as well. 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 Boost My Mac installer:

Boost My Mac installer

Boost My Mac application:

Boost My Mac application

Appearance of Boost My Mac application (GIF):

Appearance of Boost My Mac scam (GIF)

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

Boost My Mac PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Boost My Mac 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 boost my mac 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.

Boost My Mac potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove boost my mac 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 boost my mac 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 boost my mac 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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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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