How to uninstall the MacFly Pro app from the operating system?

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

How to remove MacFly Pro from Mac?

What is MacFly Pro?

MacFly Pro is advertised as a simple and powerful app that that improved Mac maintenance. However, it is likely that this app is promoted using questionable methods. In other words, there is a possibility that there could be users who would download and install MacFly Pro unknowingly. Apps that users install on their computers inadvertently are called potentially unwanted applications (PUA).

MacFly Pro unwanted application

MacFly Pro allows users to scan their computers for duplicate files, installed apps, big files, junk files, etc. However, found items cannot removed with a free MacFly Pro version - to be able to use MacFly Pro's features users need to pay for its license (to activate/register the app). Since it is possibly a PUA, it is advisable not to pay for it. Quite often PUAs do not function as they supposed to. More precisely, there are PUAs that perform fake scans (generate fake results) to trick users into paying money for a full version that supposedly would remove found items (or fix errors, remove malware, etc.).

Another issue with PUAs is that it is common for them to be distributed with other apps of this kind, for example, browser hijackers, adware-type apps. Browser hijackers modify browser settings (like address of a default search engine, homepage and/or new tab) to promote some fake search engine (its address) and do not allow users to undo those changes unless users uninstall them. Adware-type apps generate ads (for example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads) that often are designed to promote shady sites or even download and/or install unwanted apps by running certain scripts.

Threat Summary:
Name MacFly potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus
Supposed Functionality Improvement of Mac performance
Detection Names (MacFlyPro.dmg/installer) Avast (MacOS:MacFlyPro-A [PUP]), BitDefender (Application.MAC.MacFlyPro.A), ESET-NOD32 (OSX/MacFlyPro.A Potentially Unwanted), MAX (Malware (ai Score=80)), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (MacFly Pro app) Avast (MacOS:MacFlyPro-B [PUP]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.MacFlyPro.2), ESET-NOD32 (OSX/MacFlyPro.B Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (HEUR:Hoax.OSX.FlyPro.gen), 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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There are many examples of potentially unwanted apps that are promoted as tools that help users to improve Mac performance, remove malware, quickly remove unwanted files, apps, etc. However, not all of them are legitimate apps - some of them are designed only to trick users into paying for their activation and do not fix any real issues. MacBooster, MacClean360 and AweCleaner are couple examples of other PUAs.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

It is common that PUAs are distributed by using a "bundling" method. To be more precise, by integrating them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as extra offers. Users download and/or install PUAs alongside with other programs when they download and/or install those programs without checking if there are any "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, some checkboxes that mention unwanted offers. In some cases users cause unintentional downloads and/or installations by clicking deceptive ads. Although, only when those ads are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be downloaded from official pages and via direct links. Other download and/or installation tools, channels like third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, should not be used. Download and/or installations should not be finished without checking if there are any unwanted offers. Usually they can be declined via setting that are mentioned in the above paragraph. Ads on dubious websites (e.g., on sites related to gambling, pornography, adult dating) should not be clicked as well. Those ads could open other shady sites or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. Lastly, there should not be any suspicious, unknown, unwanted apps (plug-ins, add-ons, and/or extensions) installed on a browser, or 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 MacFly Pro application (GIF):

Appearance of MacFly Pro PUA (GIF)

MacFly Pro installation setup:

Installation setup of MacFly Pro PUA

Website promoting MacFly Pro application:

Website used to promote MacFly Pro 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 macfly 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.

MacFly potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove macfly 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 macfly 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 macfly 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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