Advanced Password Manager Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove Advanced Password Manager from Mac?

What is Advanced Password Manager?

Advanced Password Manager is a software tool, an application that is promoted as a password manager. According to the developers, it allows users to organize their passwords in one place without having to remember them. This may seem to be a useful tool, especially for people who have many password-protected accounts, however, developers promote it using the "bundling" method. For this reason, Advanced Password Manager is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Advanced Password Manager scam

One feature available on Advanced Password Manager is a scanner that scans computers for existing identity traces that might be stolen. These traces can be stored in a 'vault' and protected with one master key (password). To stay safe and secure, it also offers removal of scanned identity traces, however, none of these features are free. To use them, people must activate/purchase the Advanced Password Manager. Many PUAs of this kind are not free and allow use of their features only when they are purchased. PUAs sometimes include scanners that generate fake results - they display them just to trick people into paying for software. Advanced Password Manager is one of these apps and thus should not be trusted. Furthermore, anti-virus websites identify it as a malicious program. Since this app is promoted using the aforementioned "bundling" method, it is possible that it was not the only PUA that was installed during download/installation of other software on your system. PUAs are commonly promoted in packs, together with browser hijackers, adware-type, and other unwanted apps. If installed, these might start collecting browsing-related and other data, serving users with intrusive ads, causing unwanted redirects, and other problems. Therefore, remove any unwanted applications installed on your computers, operating systems, or web browsers.

Threat Summary:
Name Advanced Password Manager potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names (apm_apmsite.pkg) Avast (MacOS:AMC-AZ [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:AMC-AZ [PUP]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.OSX.AMCleanerCA.2), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.AS potentially unwanted), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Advanced Password Manager is similar to many other apps of this type including Mac Mechanic, Advanced Mac Cleaner, and Mac Space Reviver. People download and install these apps intentionally, since developers present them as useful, legitimate, and so on. Once installed and used, they not provide no real value and cause only problems.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Advanced Password Manager can be downloaded from its website, however, users more commonly download/install apps of this type unintentionally. In most cases, they are tricked by software developers who use the "bundling" method. They place unwanted apps into set-ups of other software that users wish to download/install willingly. They do not disclose this information properly and hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the download or installation set-ups. Furthermore, many people download and install software without checking available settings, thereby causing installation of unwanted applications. Another common reason for these unwanted downloads/installations is clicked intrusive advertisements.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid having PUAs installed on your computer or browser, do not download software from unofficial websites, using third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, or other similar sources. Use official pages and direct download links. Install all software correctly and do not leave the "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings unchecked (unchanged). Do not trust intrusive advertisements, especially if they are displayed on dubious pages. They often redirect to potentially malicious pages or even cause unwanted installations. Typically, intrusive ads appear due to installed unwanted apps. The same applies to random redirects to dubious pages. If this happens frequently, check the list of installed browser apps (extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons) and remove all unwanted entries immediately. Also uninstall suspicious, unwanted programs from the operating system. 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 Password Manager installer:

advanced password manager installer

Screenshot of Advanced Password Manager application:

advanced password manager app

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

Advanced Password Manager PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

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 password manager 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.

Advanced Password Manager potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove advanced password manager 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 password manager 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 password manager 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 malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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