Removal of Quick Mac Care unwanted application

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

How to remove Quick Mac Care from Mac?

What is Quick Mac Care?

The Quick Mac Care app supposedly keeps Mac computers clean and secure. It is presented as a system maintenance and security tool that scans and boosts operating systems by removing junk files, residual files, and other unwanted entries. Quick Mac Care may seem to be a useful and legitimate tool, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). People are likely to download and install Quick Mac Care unintentionally, since this app is promoted by including it into set-ups of other software.

Quick Mac Care unwanted application

This app scans systems for adware, malware, ransomware, recoverable space, and so on, however, Quick Mac Care does not allow users to fix any of the detected issues unless it is activated/purchased. It is also possible that all issues detected by this app are fake. In many cases, PUAs trick people into believing that their systems are full of various 'issues' and that paying for so-called 'full versions' will resolve them. Unfortunately, many applications operate in this way, and this might include Quick Mac Care. Furthermore, PUAs are often bundled into set-ups of other software - they are then downloaded and installed together with other PUAs such as browser hijackers, adware, and so on. Browser hijackers and adware type apps usually cause redirects to untrustworthy web pages, collect data, and feed users with unwanted ads. Apps promoted using deceptive methods should not be trusted, and therefore we recommend that you uninstall Quick Mac Care and other PUAs.

Threat Summary:
Name Quick Mac Care potentially unwanted application
Supposed Functionality System optimization, management of installed applications and other features
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (quickmaccare.pkg) Avast (MacOS:AMC-HK [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:AMC-HK [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.B Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Spc.a). 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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PUAs such as Quick Mac Care supposedly provide useful features and functionality, however, few operate as advertised. In many cases, apps of this type are promoted on deceptive websites or using dubious (deceptive) methods. PUAs should never be trusted or used. Some examples of other apps promoted by including them into set-ups of other programs are Qbit Mac Cleaner, MacEntizer, and Cleanup My Mac.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Quick Mac Care can be downloaded from its website, however, people often download/install PUAs unintentionally when developers promote them using the "bundling" method. I.e., when they include PUAs into download/installation set-ups of other software and hide this information in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Furthermore, many people do not check these settings and thus inadvertently download and install unwanted apps with regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. They open potentially malicious pages or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Use direct links and official sources when downloading software. Do not  trust third party software downloaders/installers, eMule, torrent clients (other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial pages, etc. Never skip steps of any download/installation setup - check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options/settings and opt-out of unwanted apps. If you encounter unwanted advertisements or redirects, check the list of programs that are installed the computer and applications (plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions) installed on the browser and remove all suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting Quick Mac Care:

website promoting Quick Mac Care

Quick Mac Care installation setup:

Quick Mac Care installer

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

Quick Mac Care PUA system preferences

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

Video showing how to remove Quick Mac Care potentially 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 quick mac care 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.

Quick Mac Care potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove quick mac care 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 quick mac care 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 quick mac care 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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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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

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