Qbit Mac Speedup Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "Qbit Mac Speedup" from Mac?

What is "Qbit Mac Speedup"?

Qbit Mac Speedup is promoted as optimization tool for Mac computers which is designed to fix various errors, clean MacOS systems and to make them run fast. The problem with this app is that its developers promote it by bundling it into setups of other software. Very often people install apps of this type unintentionally. For this reason Qbit Mac Speedup is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Qbit Mac Speedup scam

After completing the system scan Qbit Mac Speedup displays a list of various problems that should be fixed to make the computer to run smoothly and without errors. However, to successfully fix detected issues, clean files or do anything else it is requited to activate/purchase this app. It is worth mentioning that quite often apps that are promoted though setups of other software provide users with fake results. In other words, they are designed to trick people into thinking that there are many issues with their computers and they should solve them buy using paid software. It is unknown whether Qbit Mac Speedup is a legitimate app (does not generate fake results), however, as we mentioned above, most apps promoted using the same method are. Besides, quite often apps that are included into other download/installation setups often come together with browser hijackers, adware-type and other PUAs. As a rule, apps of this type serve their users with various ads and gather browsing-related information. They display ads that conceal underlying content of visited pages. Usually they are various coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners and so on. If clicked, they might run scripts designed to download and install potentially malicious apps, or they will simply open some untrustworthy website(s). Another with having a computer infiltrated with such apps is that they gather various data about their users (browsing habits). For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations and so on. Their (PUAs) developers share all gathered information with third parties who could possibly be cyber criminals. One way or another, other parties misuse shared data to generate revenue. If there are any PUAs installed, they should be removed as soon as possible. Same applies to Qbit Mac Speedup, we do not recommend to use apps that are being promoted using deceptive methods.

Threat Summary:
Name Qbit Mac Speedup potentially unwanted application
Supposed Functionality System optimization, management of installed applications.
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (qmspd_mtwsite.pkg) Avast (MacOS:AMC-GG [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:AMC-GG [PUP]), DrWeb (Program.Mac.Unwanted.AMC.328), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.V potentially unwanted), Full List Of Detections (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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Cleanup My Mac, Smart Mac Booster and Auto Mac Booster are just a few apps that are quite similar to Qbit Mac Speedup and many other apps of this type. It is very common for these apps to be presented as useful ant totally legitimate tools. However, it is not recommended to trust apps that are distributed using deceptive methods, many of these apps do not deliver features or other functionalities that they supposed to deliver.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases people download and install unwanted apps when they click intrusive advertisements or carelessly install various (mostly free) software. If they cause it the second way, then it means that developers were using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". It means that they unwanted apps were hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" settings or options of the some software's setup. PUAs developers are aware of the fact that users often skip the installation steps without checking any of the available settings. Skipped download/installation steps (or clicked intrusive ads) usually are the main reasons behind unintentional downloads/installations of potentially unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to keep your computer and yourself safe, we recommend to browse the Internet, download and install software with care. Do not recommend to download various apps from unofficial/untrustworthy websites, using torrents, eMule or other Peer-to-Peer networks and other similar sources/tools. Moreover, do not forget to check all the available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of any software's download or installation setup. Intrusive advertisements that are displayed on questionable pages, if clicked, usually lead to other untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites. It is not recommended to click them or trust pages that are get opened by them. If you experience unwanted redirects or ads regularly, check all the extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on your web browser and uninstall all suspicious/unwanted entries. Make sure that there are no programs of this kind installed on your computer 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 one of the deceptive websites that is used to promote the Qbit Mac Speedup app:

website promoting qbit mac speedup

Qbit Mac Speedup's installer:

qbit mac speedup setup

Qbit Mac Speedup app:

qbit macs peedup app

Appearance of Qbit Mac Speedup (GIF):

qbit mac speedup appearance gif

IMPORTANT NOTE! Qbit Mac Speedup 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 know as Current User).
  • Click Login Items.
  • Look for "Qbit Mac Speedup" entry.  Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Qbit Mac Speedup PUA system preferences

Instant automatic removal of Qbit Mac Speedup 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 Qbit Mac Speedup potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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 qbit mac speedup 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.

Qbit Mac Speedup potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove qbit mac speedup 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 qbit mac speedup 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 qbit mac speedup 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.