How to uninstall the Total Mac Fixer PUA

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

How to remove "Total Mac Fixer" from Mac computers

What is "Total Mac Fixer"?

The Total Mac Fixer application is promoted as a tool capable of optimizing system operations by removing unwanted files, managing apps, and improving system start-up speed. Since most users download/install Total Mac Fixer inadvertently, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). Apps within this category are typically untrusted and can have dangerous capabilities. For example, causing redirects to dubious/malicious websites, delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, making modifications to browsers and collecting browsing-related information.

Total Mac Fixer unwanted application

Dubious distribution methods can be used for legitimate software, however, they are more commonly employed to proliferate bogus products. PUAs categorized as fake system cleaning/optimizing products typically require activation (i.e. they must be be purchased) to perform the features promised. Following activation, however, this software tends to remain nonoperational - this is likely to be the case with Total Mac Fixer. Most PUAs have other capabilities. They can force-open untrusted/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Adware-types can deliver pop-ups, banners, coupons and other intrusive advertisements. When clicked, they redirect to dangerous sites and some can even stealthily download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs). Other PUAs called browser hijackers make modifications to browser settings to promote bogus search engines. With this software installed, each new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar redirects to the promoted address. Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, and so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate sites. Furthermore, most PUAs have data tracking capabilities. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is often monetized by sharing with and/or selling to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, the presence of these unwanted apps on devices can lead to financial loss, system infections, serious privacy issues and identity theft. To ensure device/user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Total Mac Fixer potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus.
Supposed Functionality Operating system cleaning and performance optimization.
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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Quick Mac Booster, MacRepair, and Total Mac Care are some examples of other unwanted apps similar to Total Mac Fixer. Despite appearing legitimate and useful, they rarely work as promised. The only purpose of PUAs is to generate profit for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value, these rogue applications run intrusive ad campaigns, force-open untrusted and malicious web pages, hijack browsers and gather private data.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs (including Total Mac Fixer) have "official" promotional pages from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased. These apps can also be downloaded/installed with other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushing downloads/installations (e.g. skimming or ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive ads can infiltrate these applications into systems as well. When clicked, they can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs without users' permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrusted download channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and third party updaters can offer deceptive and bundled content. Download and installation processes must be treated with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, however, they often redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). If you encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and 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.

Appearance of the Total Mac Fixer application (GIF):

Total Mac Fixer unwanted application appearance gif

Total Mac Fixer installation setup:

Installation setup of Total Mac Fixer PUA

Website promoting Total Mac Fixer application:

Website used to promote Total Mac Fixer PUA

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Total Mac Fixer 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 total mac fixer 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.

Total Mac Fixer potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove total mac fixer 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 total mac fixer 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 total mac fixer 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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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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