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How to uninstall Macube Cleaner?

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

How to remove Macube Cleaner from Mac?

What is Macube Cleaner?

Macube Cleaner is advertised as a professional cleaning and optimization tool for macOS that can quickly clean up trash, old or large files, rarely used files and applications, free up disk space. However, this app is distributed questionable methods. Therefore, it is likely that users who have installed Macube Cleaner on their computers did it unknowingly. Apps that users download and install inadvertently are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is not recommended to have PUAs installed on browsers or computers.

Macube Cleaner unwanted application

Macube Cleaner has features such as Smart Scan, Duplicate Finder, Uninstaller, and other features that are supposed to remove unwanted files or apps. Users can scan the system for undesired entries but cannot remove them with an unactivated (unpaid) version of the Macube Cleaner. It is important to mention that many PUAs are designed to perform fake scans - they show fake scan results to trick users into paying for their registration and activation. In other words, some PUAs do not fix or remove any errors, viruses or other threats, unwanted apps, files, etc., and are designed only to extract money from their users. It is recommended not to pay money for applications that are known as PUAs. Another detail about PUAs is that they can be distributed together with other apps of this kind. More precisely, their downloaders, installers can have adware-type apps, browser hijackers, or other PUAs included in them.

The main purpose of most adware-type applications is to generate advertisements. It is common for ads that apps of this type generate to be designed to open questionable websites. In some cases, they are designed to run certain scripts and download or even install some other potentially unwanted software. A couple of examples of ads that apps this type serve are banners, coupons, surveys, and pop-up ads. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing the browser's settings. In most cases, they change the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab to an address of a fake search engine. More often than not, fake search engines do not generate any unique results and show results generated by legitimate search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Bing). Although, there are fake search engines designed to promote shady websites and (or) show unwanted ads. It is important to mention that both adware-type applications and browser hijackers can function as information collectors targeting not only browsing-related data like IP addresses, geolocations, visited websites, etc., but also sensitive information like passwords, credit card details.

Threat Summary:
Name Macube Cleaner potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus
Supposed Functionality System cleaner
Detection Names (Installer) Avast (MacOS:PuAgent-CA [PUP]), BitDefender (Trojan.MAC.Generic.107108), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/MacMaster.E Potentially Unwanted), Symantec (OSX.Trojan.Gen.2), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Application) Avast (MacOS:PuAgent-CA [PUP]), BitDefender (Trojan.MAC.Generic.107108), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/MacMaster.E Potentially Unwanted), Symantec (OSX.Trojan.Gen.2), 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.
Related Domains macube[.]com
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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There is a great number of apps that are distributed using questionable methods (are categorized as PUAs), for example, MacCleanBooster, Disk Tuner, and MacFly Pro. It is noteworthy that not all PUAs are useless or need to be registered/activated to use their features. In one way or another, it is highly advisable to trust software that was downloaded from legitimate sources (e.g., official pages, App Store) and avoid using apps that were downloaded via other sources. Especially the ones that were installed unintentionally. If an app of this kind is already installed on the operating system or a browser, then it should be removed.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases, users download or install applications like Macube Cleaner by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. Typically, ads that can cause unexpected downloads, installations appear on untrustworthy pages. In other cases, users cause unwanted downloads, installations during downloads or installations of other programs. More precisely, when PUAs are bundled together with other programs. In such cases, PUAs are included in downloaders or installers as additional offers. As a rule, users can decline unwanted offers by unticking certain checkboxes or via "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced", or other similar settings that those downloaders, installers have. Users download or install bundled unwanted apps when they finish downloads, installations without checking (and changing) the aforementioned settings mentioned above.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files, programs downloaded via third-party downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), and other sources should not be trusted. In some cases, they can be used to trick users into installing malware. Third-party installers can be used to distribute unwanted software too. Therefore, applications and files should be downloaded from official pages and through direct links. Downloaders, installers with settings like "Advanced", "Custom," or ticked checkboxes should be checked for potentially unwanted applications. Bundled apps should be opted out before finishing downloads, installations. Additionally, it is advisable not to trust advertisements that appear on various shady pages. Quite often, ads on unreliable pages are designed to promote other sites of this kind. Sometimes, by clicking those ads, users cause unwanted downloads, installations too. Suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins installed on a browser should be removed from it. The same should be done with unwanted 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 Macube Cleaner application (GIF):

Appearance of Macube Cleaner PUA (GIF)

Macube Cleaner's installer:

Installation setup of Macube Cleaner PUA

Website promoting Macube Cleaner application:

Website used to promote Macube Cleaner 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 macube cleaner 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.

Macube Cleaner potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove macube cleaner 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 macube cleaner 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 macube cleaner 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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