MacEntizer Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "MacEntizer" from Mac?

What is "MacEntizer"?

According to MacEntizer's developers, this tool finds and fixes various errors, allows users to manage cache and various logs, uninstall unwanted apps, remove unused languages, and so on. Also known as Mac Entizer, it supposedly allows Mac computers to run faster, more smoothly, and without errors. In fact, developers promote it using untrustworthy websites and download/installation set-ups of other software. Most people install MacEntizer on their computers unintentionally and, for this reason, it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).

MacEntizer scam

Like most applications of this type, MacEntizer allows users to scan their systems for various 'issues' and unnecessary files, however, to clean the system, users must activate/register the MacEntizer app, which is not free. Many PUAs detect non-existent problems and generate false results. The main purpose of these actions is trick people into purchasing a particular program and make people believe that there are many system problems, which can only be resolved using a specific app. It is possible that MacEntizer is a rogue application of this type. Apps that are distributed through other software set-ups are often bundled with other apps. Various browser hijackers and adware-type apps might also be included  These apps gather information relating to users' browsing activities and deliver unwanted, intrusive advertisements. They collect users' geolocations, IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, and sometimes personal details. Developers often share the information with cyber criminals who misuse it to generate revenue. Furthermore, adware-type apps feed people who have them installed with coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, and other annoying content/ads. When clicked, they usually open untrustworthy or even malicious websites, or run scripts designed to cause download and installation of other unwanted applications.

Threat Summary:
Name MacEntizer potentially unwanted application
Supposed Functionality System optimization, management of installed applications.
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (mentzr_mtwsite.pkg) AVG (MacOS:AMC-GG [PUP]), BitDefender (Application.MAC.AMCleaner.SP), Emsisoft (Application.MAC.AMCleaner.SP (B)), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.V 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.
Removal

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MacEntizer is very similar to other apps of this type (such as Cleanup My Mac, Smart Mac Booster, and Auto Mac Booster). It supposedly optimizes MacOS systems, however, all of these PUAs are promoted using deceptive methods. Do not use these apps or pay for them. They commonly offer to "fix" problems that do not exist.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases, people unintentionally download and install unwanted apps when they click intrusive ads that should not be trusted. As mentioned, if clicked, some are capable of the downloading and installing various PUAs. In other cases, users end up having PUAs downloaded/installed when they download and install regular software. This happens when developers employ the bundling method and include (bundle) unwanted apps into set-ups of other software. They hide information relating to these additions in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections of the set-ups. When people download/install software without checking and changing these settings, they inadvertently give permission for unwanted apps to be downloaded/installed by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid downloading software from untrustworthy sources such as torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, dubious websites, and so on. Use direct download links and official, trustworthy websites. Furthermore, do not skip download/installation setup steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts, and dismissing offers to download/install unwanted (additionally-included) programs. Intrusive ads that are displayed on pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other pages of this kind usually redirect users to other untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites. Do not click these ads. If advertisements appear on any visited website and unwanted redirects occur regularly, it is likely that the browser or computer is infiltrated with a PUA. We recommend that you check all installed browser apps (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) and remove all unwanted, unknown entries immediately. The same applies to software of this type installed on 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.

Deceptive website promoting MacEntizer:

website promoting macentizer

Screenshot of MacEntizer setup:

macentizer setup 

Screenshot of the MacEntizer app:

macentizer unwanted application

Appearance of MacEntizer app (GIF):

Appearance of MacEntizer app (GIF)

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

MacEntizer PUA system preferences

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

Video showing how to remove Mac Entizer 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 macentizer 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.

MacEntizer potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove macentizer 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 macentizer 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 macentizer 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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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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