Auto Mac Booster Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove Auto Mac Booster from Mac?

What is Auto Mac Booster?

Identical to Auto Mac Speedup, Speedup Mac Pro, Advanced Mac Booster, and many others, Auto Mac Booster is a deceptive application that, according to the developers, allows users to enhance computer performance by removing rogue applications, cleaning the cache, and so on. Initially, Auto Mac Booster may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers promote this app using the "bundling" method. Therefore, Auto Mac Booster often infiltrates systems without permission and is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Auto Mac Booster download website

Auto Mac Booster allows users to scan their systems, check for applications that pose a threat, and to detect other errors that must be fixed. The free version of Auto Mac Booster is not capable of removing or fixing anything. To use these features, users are encouraged to pay for the 'full version' of this application. Note, however, that system optimization tools distributed using the "bundling" method often feed users with false scan results. This is done to scare and trick users into purchasing the so-called full versions. Once activated, these paid apps provide no real value for regular users. They simply clean the false list and nothing more. Therefore, uninstall this application and certainly do not pay for any software. "Bundling" is often used to proliferate several unwanted applications at once. In most cases, proliferated apps are categorized as adware or browser hijackers. They deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather information. Therefore, as well as uninstalling Auto Mac Booster, you should eliminate other dubious applications/browser plug-ins as well.

Threat Summary:
NameAuto Mac Booster 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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The internet is full of potentially unwanted applications. Most offer "useful features", however, few PUAs provide any real value. They typically have just one purpose: to help developers generate as much revenue as possible. Most cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive advertisements, gather information, and promote in-app purchases.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Auto Mac Booster has an official download website, however, as mentioned above, it is also proliferated using the "bundling" method. Therefore. this app often infiltrates systems without permission. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software. Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, "bundled" apps such as Auto Mac Booster are hidden within various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download or installation processes. By rushing and skipping steps, many users expose their systems to risk of various infections and put their privacy at risk. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of unwanted apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay attention when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included applications and decline offers to download/install them. You are advised to download apps from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue applications, and thus these tools should never be used. Unwanted apps are often distributed using intrusive advertisements that redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts designed to download/install malware. Intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, however, once clicked, redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). In most cases, they are delivered by adware-type apps. If you encounter redirects to Auto Mac Booster, immediately remove all suspicious applications and 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.

Screenshot of Auto Mac Booster unwanted application:

Potentially unwanted application Auto Mac Booster

Appearance of Auto Mac Booster unwanted application (GIF):

Appearance of Auto Mac Booster scam (GIF)

Official Auto Mac Booster installation setup:

Auto Mac Booster installer setup

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

Auto Mac Booster PUA system preferences

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

Video showing how to remove Auto Mac Booster 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 auto 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.

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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.

Auto Mac Booster potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove auto 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 auto 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 auto 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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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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

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