How to uninstall Total Mac Fixer PUA?

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

How to remove "Total Mac Fixer" from Mac?

What is "Total Mac Fixer"?

Total Mac Fixer is an application, promoted as a tool capable of optimizing system operation by removing undesirable files, managing apps and improving system start-up speed. Since most users download/install Total Mac Fixer inadvertently, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Apps within this category are typically untrustworthy and they can have heinous abilities. For example, causing redirects to unreliable/malicious websites, delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, making modifications to browsers and collecting browsing-related information.

Total Mac Fixer unwanted application

Dubious distribution methods may be used for legitimate software, however they are more commonly employed to proliferate questionable products. PUAs categorized as fake system cleaning/optimizing products typically require activation (i.e. to be purchased) to perform the promised features. However, following activation - this software tends to remain nonoperational - and it is highly likely that this is the case with Total Mac Fixer as well. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs have additional/other abilities. They can force-open untrustworthy/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Adware-types can deliver pop-ups, banners, coupons and other intrusive advertisements. Upon being clicked, they redirect to dangerous sites and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Another PUA type called browser hijackers make modifications to browser settings in order to promote illegitimate search engines. With such a piece of software installed, every new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate ones. What is more, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is often monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to financial losses, system infections, severe privacy issues and identity theft. To ensure device/user safety - all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed 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 cleanings 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 BoosterMacRepairTotal Mac Care - are a few examples of other unwanted apps similar to Total Mac Fixer. Despite appearing legitimate and useful, they rarely work. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the only purpose of PUAs is to generate profit for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, these applications run intrusive advert campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious webpages, hijack browsers and gather private data.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs (e.g. Total Mac Fixer) have "official" promotional pages from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased. These apps can also be downloaded/installed together with other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing technique of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations (e.g. skimmed or ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive adverts can infiltrate such applications into systems as well. When clicked on, they can execute scripts, designed to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, like: unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and third party updaters - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes must be treated with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive ads typically appear legitimate, however they redirect to dubious webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). Should users encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, they must check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. 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 adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

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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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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