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 app is a tool that finds and fixes various errors, allows its users to manage cache, various logs, uninstall unwanted apps, remove unused languages and so on. Simply said, it supposed to make Mac computers to run fast, smooth and without any errors. However, its developers promote it using untrustworthy websites and download/installation setups of other software. It is very likely that most people who installed MacEntizer on their computers did it unintentionally. For this reason it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).

MacEntizer scam

Like most applications of this type, MacEntizer allows its users to scan their systems for various issues and unnecessary files. However, in order to actually clean the system it is required to activate/register the MacEntizer app which is not free. It is worth mentioning that many PUAs detect non existent problems, generate false results. The main purpose of these actions is trick people into purchasing a particular program, to make people think that there are many system problems and they should use that particular app to solve/fix them. It is possible that MacEntizer is that kind of an application. Another problem with apps that are distributed through other software's setups is that quite often they are not the only apps that are bundled into those setups. It is very common for various browser hijackers and adware-type apps to be included too. Apps of this type are designed to gather information about user's browsing activities and deliver unwanted, intrusive advertisements. They collect information about user's geolocations, IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites and sometimes various personal details as well. Their developers share recorded information with other people, possibly 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 (if) clicked, they usually open various untrustworthy or even malicious websites, or run scripts designed to cause downloads, installations 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 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

To eliminate MacEntizer potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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MacEntizer is very similar to other apps of this type (such as Cleanup My Mac, Smart Mac Booster, Auto Mac Booster), it supposed to optimize MacOS systems. However, all these PUAs are promoted using deceptive methods. It is not recommended to use apps of this kind or to pay money for them. It is possible that they might be designed to "fix" problems that do not exist (are made up).

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 we mentioned above, there are ads that, if clicked, are capable of downloading and installing various PUAs. In other cases they end up having PUAs downloaded/installed when they carelessly download and install some other software. It happens when developers employ a bundling method, when they include/bundle unwanted apps into setups of various software. They hide information about it in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections of those setups. When people download/install various software without checking and changing any of them, they give permission for various unwanted apps to be downloaded/installed too.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid downloading software from some untrustworthy sources like torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), various third party downloaders, questionable websites and so on. We recommend to use direct download links and official, trustworthy websites for that. Furthermore, do not skip any download/installation setup's steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar pars and dismissing offers to download/install unwanted (additionally included) programs. Intrusive ads that are displayed on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other pages of this kind usually redirect users to other untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites. Ads of this type should not be clicked. Nevertheless, if advertisements of this type appear on any visited website or/and unwanted redirects occur regularly, then it is very likely that a browser or computer is infiltrated with some PUA. We recommend to check all installed browser apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) and to remove all unwanted, unknown entries immediately. Same applies to software of this kind which is 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's 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 know 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 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 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.

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.

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.