How to uninstall the AweCleaner app from the operating system?

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

How to remove AweCleaner from Mac?

What is AweCleaner?

AweCleaner is advertised as all-in-one cleaner that cleans, optimized and speeds up Mac computers. Nevertheless, due to questionable methods used to distribute this AweCleaner it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA). Typically, users do not download and install PUAs knowingly.

AweCleaner unwanted application

AweCleaner includes features called "Junk Cleaner", "Uninstaller", "Duplicate Cleaner", "Large File Cleaner", "Disk Manager", "Startup Items", File Shredder" and a couple of other features. The problem with AweCleaner is that this app is not free and since it is categorized as PUA, it may be designed to generate fake scan results. Simply said, it may be designed to trick users into believing that there are many unwanted items that they could remove with the full (paid) version. Another issue with PUAs is that quite often they are distributed alongside with other apps of this kind, for example, browser hijackers, adware-type apps.

Browser hijackers promote fake search engines (their addresses) by modifying certain browser settings. Adware-type apps generate advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, or ads of other types. Both browser hijackers and adware-type apps can be designed to function as data collectors that gather browsing data. For example, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, IP addresses. Some of them could be designed to gather sensitive details as well. Moreover, collected details could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), or monetized in other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name AweCleaner potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus
Supposed Functionality Mac cleaner/optimizer
Detection Names (Installer) Avast (MacOS:AweCleaner-B [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:AweCleaner-B [PUP]), DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.4995), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Application) Avast (MacOS:AweCleaner-B [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:AweCleaner-B [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/AweCleaner.B Potentially Unwanted), 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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Examples of other PUAs that are quite similar to AweCleaner are Mac Security, Macfaster Pro and PowerMyMac. The problem with such apps is that in some cases they are designed to trick users into paying money for their activation/registration and that it is common for users to download, and install such apps unknowingly. Therefore, it is advised not to trust apps of this type.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Most of the times users download and/or install potentially unwanted apps when they are included in download or/and installation setups of other programs as extra offers and users do not decline them. Usually, it can be done by unticking certain checkboxes or via "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings that are available in download and/or installation setups. This distribution method of potentially unwanted apps is known as "bundling". In some cases users accidentally download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download and/or installation setups that have some checkboxes or settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be always checked for offers to download and/or install additionally included apps. Programs and files should not be downloaded (or installed) through unofficial websites, third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), etc. They should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct links. Advertisements on shady websites should not be clicked as well. Those ads could be designed either to open untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed. The same should be done with 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 AweCleaner application (GIF):

Appearance of AweCleaner PUA (GIF)

AweCleaner installation setup:

Installation setup of AweCleaner PUA

Website promoting AweCleaner application:

Website used to promote AweCleaner 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 awecleaner 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

AweCleaner potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove awecleaner 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 awecleaner 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 awecleaner 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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