Helpermcp virus (Free Instructions) - Removal Guide

Helpermcp virus Removal Guide

What is Helpermcp virus?

Helpermcp virus is the application causing random error pop-ups that push PUPs to users

Helpermcp virusThe unwanted program starts showing various error messages immediately after starting the system. Helpermcp virus is the Mac malware that appears after an insecure installation process on the machine and displays errors causing users' frustration. This unwanted application mainly appears on the newer versions of MacOS running devices and is recommended to eliminate as soon as possible because files associated with this intruder can cause the infection repetition or lead to other installations. Users complain about this pop-up and other issues regarding the suspicious alert.[1]

However, there are not many details about possible reasons or ways to solve the problem besides the close relation to Mac Cleanup Pro and updates to Catalina from Mojave. Some of the sources list more problems regarding the macOS Catalina update and possible reasons to avoid the upgrade entirely.[2] Since there are many files added to the system and processes that run in the background, we recommend terminating the tasks manually and running a thorough anti-malware scan that can clean all the traces left behind automatically, including rogue system tools installed without your permissions.

Name Helpermcp virus
Type Mac malware/ potentially unwanted program
Symptoms It causes the slowness of the device and unwanted pop-ups, advertising material that redirects to other sites. Various error messages and alerts falsely claim about damage or malware infections
Associated Mac Cleanup Pro is the tool that gets promoted on those pop-up ads and even loads other unwanted programs
Possible damage These background processes interfere with the speed and performance of the device that further affects the time on the computer. Unwanted content can also lead to installations of tools, applications, and even malware which leads to data loss and privacy issues
Distribution This application/file comes on the machine as a part of the installer setup or with freeware that you install from an unreliable source. Also, other deceptive third-party sites, unwanted programs can deliver this application as in-browser content
Elimination You should scan the machine using FortectIntego. The program should eliminate damaged files that were affected by the PUP. To get rid of the virus, follow the guide at the end of this post

Helpermcp virus is quite similar/ almost identical to Helperamc program. This is the type of MacOS affecting threat, that shows up out of nowhere and keeps users puzzled since it is extremely difficult to eliminate from the machine. All the similar shady programs come via deceptive techniques and include adware features that involve data tracking and processes affecting the computer without users' knowledge.

The release of the questionable pop-up messages originates through the installation of macOS cleanup tools. In most cases, those programs are not downloaded willingly because this is the issue of potentially unwanted applications that infiltrate the computer to affect the system in various ways.

Helpermcp pop-up virus shows the following and many other similar messages as errors or alerts from the system:

“mcpuninstall” will damage your computer.

You should move it to the Bin.

This file was downloaded on an unknown date.

Report malware to apple to protect other users

Since the unwanted application can be set to perform as an adware-type intruder, it is more likely going to deliver redirects to shady services, commercial pages and even cause installations of other programs. There are a lot more issues regarding this program than it seems.

You need to remove Helpermcp virus from the system as soon as you notice those pop-ups, other unwanted files, applications, and especially when shady processes run in the background affecting the general performance. Also, you can disable all virus components via Activity Monitor. Once done with the removal, fix the system thoroughly by fixing damaged files. For the system clearing, use FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes or a similar tool.

Helpermcp This is the virus that causes pop-ups reporting about possible damage or issues with your device. Many deceptive pages that adware and other potentially unwanted programs deliver can lead to installations of in-browser content or system tools. If this happens, you may need to perform more cleaning processes than Helpermcp virus removal. In some cases, shady extensions, questionable tools, and applications can hide, and from anti-malware tools, so manual help is needed.

The PUP loads various files on the system and plants them all over the system folders. Once you remove all core files and programs associated with the intruder, you can be sure that PUP is terminated. You can find some files in these folders:

  • /Library/Application Support/mcp/helpermcp
  • /Library/Application Support/mcp/mcpuninstall
  • /Library/Application Support/mcp/com.pcv.mcpuninstall.plist
  • /Library/Application Support/mcp/com.pcv.hlprmcp.plist
  • /Library/LaunchAgents/com.pcv.hlprmcp.plist

If you try to remove Helpermcp virus without eliminating those processes and the application itself, some of the tasks can be started again and further damage the machine. You must run a proper system scan to make sure that all those files and tasks get terminated alongside the program and other tools. For your advantage, we have a few tips below helpful for browser resetting.

If you leave the intrusive program up and running, you may end up tricked into purchasing or installing something directly. Such tools or applications get to be promoted and advertised online as useful additions even though they cause problems. Experts[3] also note that such commercial material collects information and uses various ad-tracking techniques to obtain details about users for the later advertising campaigns.

Helpermcp mac malwareThe program causes slowness of the device with suspicious processes and files scattered around the system.

Pay attention to sites that push random programs and stay away from such installations

Sometimes operating system updates cause some issues with applications and files on the machine, even third-party applications can interfere with applications that run on the machine. To fight that, you can stay away from the first updates and wait for the more recent version once all possible bugs get patched and fixed.

However, this issue is not that common as problems with freeware installations and potentially unwanted programs. When you download and install programs, tools, in-browser applications from unreliable online sources, you risk getting such apps that cause problems with the processes and speed.

You should avoid getting programs from the internet when the source is not an official developer or provider. Pop-ups, promotional pages, and pop-ups are not the best sources for such things. Another tip is to choose Advanced or Custom installation options every time you get anything installed. This way, you control all those extra offers and can uncheck them from the list.

Get rid of the Helpermcp virus and avoid the drop of any questionable program

You may need to remove the intruder properly to stop those errors and pop-ups because the program is the one that causes issues with the performance or speed of the machine. Intrusive adware-type threat symptoms are the ones that annoy people, but the main issue with this application is all the files and processes loaded on the device and running in the background.

The best tip for this Helpermcp virus removal is to rely on automatic tools that can eliminate threats of this type. Professional anti-malware programs can run a full system check and find intruders in various forms like infected files, malicious scripts, and direct software that is dangerous or damaging. Then the only thing you as a user need is to double-check before coming back to using the computer as normal.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
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Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Helpermcp virus. Follow these steps

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Helpermcp registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting mac viruses

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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