Uninstall Qbit Mac Cleaner from a Mac

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

How to remove "Qbit Mac Cleaner" from Mac?

What is "Qbit Mac Cleaner"?

Qbit Mac Cleaner is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that supposedly fixes and cleans Mac computers. Developers offer similar tools such as a Cache Manager, Logs Manager, and Trash manager, Rogue App Uninstaller, Browsing History Cleaner, and so on. This app is promoted using a deceptive, scam website. Furthermore, PUAs are often distributed by including them into the set-ups of other software. People who have Qbit Mac Cleaner installed on their computers are usually tricked into it.

Qbit Mac Cleaner scam

Applications such as Qbit Mac Cleaner allow users to scan systems free of charge, however, to fix any of the 'detected issues', clean files, or use other features, they must activate the app by purchasing it. We do not recommend that you pay for any apps distributed using deceptive techniques. Typically, these apps detect fake problems and give the impression that there are many issues/errors on the system. They deliver fake results, the main purpose of which is to trick people into paying for full versions/registrations. It is unknown whether Qbit Mac Cleaner is one of these rogue apps, however, most PUAs cannot be trusted. Furthermore, PUAs are often installed together with other apps of this type. For example, browser hijackers and adware. This happens when developers bundle more than one app into the setups of other software. These additional unwanted apps usually gather data and feed users with intrusive ads. They collect details such as users' IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Generally, developers send the data to other people (possibly cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Adware-type apps feed users with unwanted ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. Once clicked, these open dubious websites or execute scripts that download/install other PUAs that might be malicious.

Threat Summary:
Name Qbit Mac Cleaner potentially unwanted application
Supposed Functionality System optimization, management of installed applications and other features
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (qmc_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 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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Qbit Mac Cleaner is very similar to MacEntizer, Cleanup My Mac, Smart Mac Booster and many other apps of this type. Generally, they are presented as legitimate apps, however, they are promoted on deceptive web pages or by including them into the set-ups of other programs. Apps that are promoted in these ways should not be trusted.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Qbit Mac Cleaner is promoted through a website from which the app can be downloaded, however, most unwanted apps are downloaded and installed through intrusive advertisements (that execute scripts) or when software developers use "bundling", a deceptive method used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs by hiding them in "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings/options of the download or installation set-ups. People who download and install programs without checking the set-ups often give permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use trustworthy sources to download software, such as official pages and direct download links. Avoid using third party software downloaders/installers, torrent clients, eMule or other Peer-to-Peer networks. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of any download or installation setup, especially if the software is free. Do not give permission for PUAs to be downloaded and installed. Avoid clicking intrusive ads - deceptive ads usually seem legitimate, however, if clicked they redirect to untrustworthy websites relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If dubious web pages are opened regularly, or ads appear on any visited site, check installed plug-ins, add-ons and extensions on your browser and unwanted programs installed on your computer and remove all unwanted, suspicious entries (apps) immediately. 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 a website that is used to promote Qbit Mac Cleaner:

website that promotes qbit mac cleaner

Deceptive website (apple.com-shield[.]live) encouraging visitors to install Qbit Mac Cleaner:

qbit mac cleaner promoted via deceptive website

Screenshot of Qbit Mac Cleaner installer:

qbit mac cleaner installation setup

Pop-up displayed by Qbit Mac Cleaner:

qbit mac cleaner pop up

Notifications by Qbit Mac Cleaner:

qbit mac cleaner notifications

Appearance of Qbit Mac Cleaner app (GIF):

Appearance of Qbit Mac Cleaner app (GIF)

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

Qbit Mac Cleaner PUA system preferences

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

Video showing how to remove Qbit Mac Cleaner 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 qbit mac cleaner 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Qbit Mac Cleaner potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove qbit mac cleaner 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 cleaner 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 cleaner 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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