How to remove MacClean application from the Mac operating system?

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

How to remove MacClean from Mac?

What is MacClean?

MacClean is a piece of software, promoted as a system cleaning and protection tool. It is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Most apps under this classification have nonoperational features and/or heinous abilities, which threaten device and user safety. PUAs are usually spread using dubious methods, for example - they can be packed into download/installation setups of other products ("bundling") or stealthily downloaded/installed by intrusive advertisements.

MacClean potentially unwanted application

Potentially Unwanted Applications are deemed to be untrustworthy and can be harmful. MacCleanseProQbit Mac OptimizerMac Fixer Pro are a few examples of other PUAs, which are categorized as fake MacOS (Mac Operational System) cleaners/optimizers. Software in this category typically requires to be activated to become operational (i.e. it needs to be bought to performs its promised functions). However, despite being purchased - it often remains nonoperational. Furthermore, download/install setups used to proliferate such apps frequently contain more than one PUA (e.g. adware or browser hijackers). As mentioned, unwanted applications can have many undesirable abilities. They can generate redirects to sale-oriented, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and even malicious websites. Some types can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, by implementing various tools and enabling third party graphical content. These apps deliver pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons and other ads, which seriously diminish browsing quality and carry certain risks. Other unwanted application types make unauthorized changes to browsers and limit/deny access to their settings. It is not uncommon for PUAs to have data tracking abilities, which they use to monitor users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather their personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). This private data can then be shared with third parties and end up being misused for profit. Therefore, presence of data-tracking content on systems can lead to severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, it is recommended to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name MacClean potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Supposed Functionality This application supposedly cleans and protects Mac operating systems.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:IMobie-A [PUP]), GData (OSX.Application.Agent.E57NG5), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/iMobie.B Potentially Unw), F-Secure (PotentialRisk.PUA/OSX.iMobie), Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms An application that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new app is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found errors, unwanted items, and so on.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

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In general, PUAs share certain common traits. They appear legitimate and offer a wide variety of "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, these features rarely operate as advertised, if they are operational at all. The only purpose of unwanted apps is to generate revenue for their developers; to users they have no genuine value. PUAs are designed to cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious webpages, deliver intrusive advertisements, hijack browsers and track sensitive data.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PUAs proliferate through download/install setups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". By rushing through download and installation processes (e.g. by skimming or ignoring terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users endanger their devices with potential system infiltrations and infections. Intrusive advertisements are also known to spread such applications. When clicked, they can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs, without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Users should only use official and verified download sources. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources are considered to be untrustworthy; therefore, they are advised against use. Unreliable download sources are more likely to offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes should be treated with caution. That includes reading terms, studying all available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opting-out from downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features and so on. While typically hosted by compromised pages, intrusive adverts do not appear suspicious themselves, they tend to appear legitimate and harmless. However, when these ads are clicked - they redirect to questionable websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). Should users encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, it is strongly advised to inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Installation setup of MacClean application:

MacClean installer

Website promoting the MacClean application:

MacClean promoter

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove MacClean 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 macclean 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.

MacClean potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove macclean 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 macclean 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 macclean 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 virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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