How to remove the MacClean360 application from the operating system?

Also Known As: MacClean360 potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove MacClean360 from Mac?

What is MacClean360?

MacClean360 is advertised as Mac cleaner and manager that optimizes and speeds up computers. Although, it is not recommended to trust this app - it is very likely that developers of this app use questionable methods for its distribution. It means that it is possible that some users may install this unknowingly. Therefore, this app is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).

MacClean360 unwanted application

This app includes features called "Junk Cleaner", "Startup Items Manager", "Uninstaller", "Disk Manger", "Internet Cleaner" and some other features that supposed to optimize and speed up Mac computers. However, those features can be fully used by users only if the MacClean360 app is activated and its activation is not free. It is common for PUAs like this one to be designed to provide fake scan results to trick users into paying money for their full version. Therefore, it is not recommended to pay money for apps that are categorized as PUAs. Another issue with apps of this kind is that quite often they are distributed alongside with some other potentially unwanted apps, for example adware-type apps, browser hijackers.

Adware-type apps generate advertisements (e.g., banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys) and their ads often are designed to promote shady pages or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by modifying browser's settings. Both adware-type apps and browser hijackers can be designed to gather information related to user's browsing habits and/or even some sensitive, personal data as well.

Threat Summary:
Name MacClean360 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-C [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:AweCleaner-C [PUP]), DrWeb(Program.Unwanted.4995), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Application) Avast (MacOS:AweCleaner-C [PUP]), AVG (MacOS:AweCleaner-C [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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MacCleanBooster, Mac Security and Disk Clean Pro are examples of other PUAs that are more or less similar to the MacClean360 app. The biggest issue with such apps is that they could be designed to trick users into paying money for their activation/registration so they could remove detected issues, fix some errors, etc., when in reality those apps would be useless/provide users with fake scan results.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, users download and/or install PUAs alongside with some other programs when those apps included in download and/or installation setups as additional offers. This distribution method that developers use to distribute PUAs is called "bundling". When users download and/or install programs without checking and changing settings that are available in their setups, they download and/or install PUAs as well. As a rule, unwanted offers can declined in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other settings, or by unticking certain checkboxes. Sometimes users cause such downloads and/or installations by clicking deceptive ads. However, only when they click ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The safest way to download software is to by using official, trustworthy websites and direct links for that. Tools, channels like third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, and so on, should not be used neither to download or install any software. Download and/or installation setups that have "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, or some checkboxes should be always checked for unwanted offers. Ads on shady pages should not be clicked. It is common that users who click those ads end up on untrustworthy websites or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. Unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, plug-ins that are installed on a browser and software of this kind that is installed the operating system should be removed. 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 MacClean360 application (GIF):

Appearance of MacClean360 PUA (GIF)

MacClean360 installation setup:

Installation setup of MacClean360 PUA

Website promoting MacClean360 application:

Website used to promote MacClean360 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 macclean360 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.

MacClean360 potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove macclean360 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 macclean360 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 macclean360 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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