How to uninstall MacCleansePro?

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

How to remove MacCleansePro from Mac?

What is MacCleansePro?

MacCleansePro is the name of an app that supposed to keep Mac computers clean and improve overall system performance. However, developers distribute MacCleansePro by using setups of other programs, they include it in setups as an additional offer. Typically, people download and install apps that are distributed this way unintentionally. For this reason MacCleansePro is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

MacCleansePro scam

MacCleansePro includes features such as Cache Manager, Misc Cleaner and Logs Manager. It supposed to clean cache, delete junk files, clean system and user logs, and delete unused languages. These features should boost system startup speed and improve its overall performance. However, it is known that PUAs often provide their users with fake lists of detected issues. In other words, they detect issues that are not real. In most cases people are encouraged to activate a program so they could perform any further actions (clean files, fix errors, uninstall unwanted software, etc.). It is unknown whether MacCleansePro generates fake results, however, we do not recommend to trust software that is classified as PUA/distributed using questionable methods. Besides, setups of other programs are often used to distribute more than one PUA, which means MacCleansePro could be distributed together with other apps of this type. For example, browser hijackers, adware, and so on. Browser hijackers are apps that change browser's settings and force their users to use some fake search engine. Also, they gather various details, such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites and other, possibly sensitive data. Furthermore, their developers send gathered details to third parties who misuse them to generate revenue in one or another way. In some cases those details are being shared with cyber criminals. Quite often adware-type apps are designed to record details about their users too. Additionally, adware serves unwanted, usually deceptive ads that, if clicked, open untrustworthy websites or cause downloads, or installations of other unwanted, potentially malicious applications. We recommend to uninstall MacCleansePro and all other PUAs that are installed on the operating system and/or browser as soon as possible. It is possible that having apps of this type installed could lead to problems related to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name MacCleansePro potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to optimize macOS systems.
Detection Names BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.OSX.AMCleanerCA.2), DrWeb (Program.Mac.Unwanted.AMC.69), Emsisoft (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.OSX.AMCleanerCA.2 (B)), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors, unwanted itemts, and so on.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

To eliminate MacCleansePro potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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MacCleansePro is not the only PUA that supposed to be useful and legitimate, and is distributed through setups of other programs. A couple of other examples are Qbit Mac Optimizer, Mac Clean Pro and Mac Fixer Pro. We do not recommend to trust such apps and more importantly, pay for their activation. It is very likely that they will not operate as they supposed to.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

MacCleansePro is promoted on its download website. However, it is not the only way to download and install it. Besides, most people download and install PUAs unintentionally. Typically, they are distributed by including them in various download or installation setups of other programs. However, information about additionally included apps usually is not disclosed properly and hidden in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and similar sections. Developers do it with a purpose to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with desired software. They succeed when people download or install software without checking and changing the aforementioned settings. Sometimes PUAs can be downloaded or even installed through deceptive ads. There are ads that, if clicked, run scripts that are designed to download or install some PUA.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We advise to download all programs (especially if they are free) only from official, legitimate websites. It is not recommended to do that using third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and other similar channels or install software using third party installers. Furthermore, downloads and installations should not be finished without checking "Advanced", Custom" and other settings that are included in their setups. Downloads or installations of PUAs usually can be prevented by dismissing offers that can be found in those settings. Also, we advise not to click various ads, especially if they are displayed on questionable pages. If clicked, they either open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. And finally, if there are any unwanted (suspicious or unknown) apps (like plug-ins, add-ons or extensions) installed on a browser, then they should be removed as soon as possible. The same should be applied to software of this kind that 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.

Appearance of MacCleansePro unwanted application (GIF):

MacCleansePro unwanted application appearance

 Apple.com-mac-optimizer[.]live scam website promoting MacCleansePro unwanted application:

Scam website promoting MacCleansePro

Screenshot of MacCleansePro download page:

MacCleansePro download website

Installer of the MacCleansePro app:

MacCleansePro installation setup

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

Video showing how to remove MacCleansePro 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 maccleansepro 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.

MacCleansePro potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove maccleansepro 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 maccleansepro 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 maccleansepro 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

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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