How to uninstall Easy Mac Care

Also Known As: Easy Mac Care potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Easy Mac Care from Mac computers

What is Easy Mac Care?

The Easy Mac Care app is advertised as supposedly enabling Mac computers to run faster and more securely, however, research shows that this app is distributed through the set-ups of other programs. Programs distributed this way are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Software of this type should not be trusted. Note that people usually download and install PUAs unintentionally.

Easy Mac Care unwanted application

Easy Mac Care includes tools such as Cache Manager, Misc Cleaner, Logs and Extra Languages manager. In summary, it supposedly allows users to scan their systems for various files and issues that may be slowing down the computer or even putting it at risk of problems relating to security, privacy, and others. In fact, to fix issues 'detected' by Easy Mac Care, users must activate/purchase it. PUAs often display fake detections, having supposedly found various 'issues'. The main purpose of these fake scans is to trick users into believing that their systems are slowing down, contain errors, and other problems. Purchasing the software supposedly removes or fixed the issues. It is unknown whether Easy Mac Care provides these fake results, however, many apps categorized as PUAs have this behavior. Easy Mac Care is distributed through the set-ups of other programs and is likely to be distributed together with other PUAs such as browser hijackers or adware. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings and gathering information relating to users' browsing activities. They usually target browsing-related information such as users' geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, and other browsing data. Developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it in various ways. Browser hijackers might also record data containing personal, sensitive details. Adware serves various intrusive advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. In most cases, people who click these ads are redirected to untrusted websites. Sometimes they cause download/installation of PUAs (or even malicious software) by executing certain scripts. Therefore, no PUAs can be trusted and they should never be downloaded or installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Easy Mac Care potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus.
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly cleans and optimizes Mac computers.
Detection Names (Easy Mac Care.app - initial version) Avast (MacOS:UnwantedSig [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:UnwantedSig [PUP]), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Easy Mac Care.app - updated variant) Avast (MacOS:PuAgent-N [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:PuAgent-N [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/GT32SupportGeeks.DU Potentially Unwanted), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Rogue Installer) Arcabit (Trojan.Application.MAC.Koiot.939), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Koiot.939), ESET-NOD32 (OSX/Adware.MaxOfferDeal.M), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Ketin.d), Full List Of Detections (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.
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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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MacReviver, MacRepair and Total Mac Care are examples of PUAs that share similarities with Easy Mac Care. Typically, PUAs are advertised as useful, legitimate applications that supposedly deliver various features, however, they do not operate as promised, often detect fake issues, and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, remove any installed PUAs immediately.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most people download and install PUAs through deceptive advertisements or together with other (usually free) programs. I.e., when PUAs are included into various download/installation set-ups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". Typically, information about additionally-included apps is placed in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the set-ups. People who download or install their programs without checking and changing the settings often download and install additional PUAs. Unwanted downloads and installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements. This applies to ads that run certain scripts, however, this happens only when people click them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Software and files should be downloaded only through official, trustworthy websites and direct links. Other sources, tools such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites should not be trusted. They are often used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted, potentially malicious software. Unwanted downloads and installations can be prevented by checking the "Custom" and "Advanced" settings of the setups and declining offers to download or install unwanted apps. Do not click intrusive advertisements, especially those shown on dubious web pages. These can open potentially malicious websites or cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from the browser, and programs of this kind from the computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Easy Mac Care download page:

easy mac care download website

Deceptive software installers used to promote Easy Mac Care unwanted application:

Easy Mac Care installation setup Rogue installer used to spread Easy Mac Care PUA Rogue installer used to promote Easy Mac Care PUA Easy Mac Care unwanted applicaiton-promoting installer (2020-06-10)

Official Easy Mac Care installer:

easy mac care installer

Appearance of Easy Mac Care application (GIF):

appearance of easy mac care unwanted application

Pop-up windows displayed by Easy Mac Care PUA:

Easy Mac Care PUA displaying pop-up windows Easy Mac Care displaying pop-up window notifications

Update March 18, 2020 - an updated variant of Easy Mac Care application has recently been released:

Updated Easy Mac Care unwanted application

Appearance of this app (GIF):

Updated Easy Mac Care unwanted application (GIF)

Official updated Easy Mac Care unwanted application installer setup:

Official installation setup of the updated Easy Mac Care PUA

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Easy Mac Care unwanted application (original version) using Combo Cleaner:

Video showing how to remove Easy Mac Care unwanted application (updated version) 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 easy 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.

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.

Easy Mac Care potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove easy 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 easy 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 easy 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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