Uninstall Mac Magician from your Mac

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

How to remove Mac Magician from Mac?

What is Mac Magician?

Mac Magician is presented as software that keeps Mac computers clean and secure. It is advertised as a 'system maintenance and security tool' that scans and boosts systems by removing junk/residual files and other unwanted items. In fact, this software is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Many people download and install PUAs unintentionally, since developers deceptively bundle them into set-ups of other, regular software. Therefore, do not trust PUAs or use them.

Mac Magician unwanted application

Mac Magician includes a scan that searches for various issues with security and privacy. It also scans the system for unnecessary files, and so on. To fix detected problems or clean/remove files, however, users are required to activate the Mac Magician application. PUAs often detect so-called 'issues' that do not actually exist. They encourage users to believe that their systems are not clean, contain errors, could run faster, and so on. They state that the detected problems can be fixed with specific software - in this case, Mac Magician. It is not known whether Mac Magician displays fake results, however, many PUAs perform these actions. Furthermore, developers often bundle more than one unwanted app into other software download/installation set-ups. Therefore, if Mac Magician was not downloaded or installed intentionally, it is possible that other adware, browser hijackers, and PUAs might also have been downloaded and installed. Adware-type apps feed users with unwanted, dubious ads that lead potentially malicious web pages. Browser hijackers change browser settings (promote fake search engines), gather data (IP addresses, geolocations, search queries entered, URLs of opened pages, etc.) and cause redirects to dubious websites. If there is reason to believe that there is a PUA of this type installed on your computer or browser, we strongly recommend that you uninstall it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Mac Magician potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Potentially unwanted application, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (mmg_mmgsite.pkg) Avast (MacOS:AMC-HK [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.B Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Spc.a), Symantec (OSX.Trojan.Gen). Full List (VirusTotal)
Related Domain themacmagician[.]com
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 Financial loss, Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Some examples of other PUAs that are distributed by bundling them into setups are Speedup Mac Pro, Smart Mac Tuneup, and Quick Mac Care. Typically, apps of this type supposedly include 'useful features'. Unfortunately, few operate as advertised and are often installed with other PUAs that might cause problems with online privacy, browsing safety, and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most users download and install apps such as Mac Magician unintentionally. This usually happens when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" to proliferate PUAs. This method is used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with other, regular software. To achieve this, developers hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the download or installation setup. In summary, information relating to this is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, people often download/install software when they fail to check additional settings that are available in download/installation set-ups. This is the most common reason for unwanted, unintentional downloads and installations. Additionally, PUAs can be downloaded and installed through intrusive advertisements: if clicked, some ads execute scripts that download and install unwanted apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third party software downloaders and installers. Do not download files or programs from dubious web pages, using Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and so on. Download software via official, trustworthy sources and direct download links. Check "Advanced", "Custom", and other sections/settings of any download or installation setup. Do not install or download programs without checking the aforementioned settings first: deselect any unwanted additional software/applications and only then finish the installation. Be careful with intrusive ads: untrustworthy ads may seem legitimate and trustworthy, however, they often lead/redirect to potentially malicious websites. For example, they open pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. If a browser causes continual redirects or displays unwanted ads, check for new (unwanted, suspicious) plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions installed on your browser, or programs installed on your computer, and remove them 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 Mac Magician download page:

website promoting mac magician app

Mac Magician installation setup:

mac magician installer

Appearance of Mac Magician (GIF):

appearance of Mac Magician

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

Mac Magician PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Mac Magician 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 mac magician 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.

Mac Magician potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mac magician 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 mac magician 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 mac magician 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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