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Mac Cleanup Pro. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Mac Cleanup Pro is a rogue tool that supposedly cleans the system 

Mac Cleanup Pro
Mac Cleanup Pro virus is a program designed to lure people into purchasing a license key for the useless software.

Mac Cleanup Pro is a potentially unwanted application that looks legitimate and handy while gathering various sensitive information about its user. Just like Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Auto Fixer, and similar PUPs, this tool appears to be a good Mac OS optimizing program. However, the program has been using deceptive techniques to spread around and then delivering deceptive advertisements to convince its victims that they have numerous issues on their computers. This Potentially unwanted program can also be associated with adware[1] because it continues delivering misleading content which can also be considered as commercial. Additionally, Mac Cleanup pro redirects users' traffic to its affiliated sites filled with numerous offers to purchase its license. However, you should never invest in such tools if you don't want to lose your money.

Name Mac Cleanup Pro
Type Potentially unwanted application
Symptoms Delivers questionable scan results; promotes other suspicious tools and its fill version
Affects MacOS
Distribution Software bundling, deceptive ads
Elimination Use Reimage for cleaning the system and fixing virus damage

While the term “Mac Cleanup Pro virus” is not entirely accurate, users have been actively using it to describe their struggle with this program. The biggest concern is its intrusive behavior that has been frustrating people for several months now. After infiltrating its target computers with the help of bundling, the PUP has also been causing havoc on the system and also failing to leave the system when being asked.

The main activity of Mac Cleanup Pro relies on fake system scanners that are displayed each time the system is rebooted. Additionally, the app starts reporting numerous issues and offers to purchase its license to fix all of them. All these scanners can significantly diminish the time you spend on your device and make your computer or browser run slow.

You may also notice that your Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers have started displaying numerous ads while browsing the Internet. This promotional content is used to promote either this tool or similar applications that are supposed to:

  • fix errors;
  • improve computer's speed;
  • disable ads on your computer;
  • remove malware;
  • make your PC run faster.

However, this list is used just to trick you into installing even more PUPs on your computer. Additionally, these programs can not only start interrupting you with their fake ads but can also trick you into purchasing their useless full versions. 

Another big problem with programs like Mac Cleanup Pro and other suspicious tools is the relation with advertisers and sponsors. This association leads to data gathering and sharing the accumulated information with third-party companies. Your IP address, location, browsing history, most viewed sites, and other online preferences can be tracked. Later on, this information can be used to generate more commercial[2] content on your screen.

There are tons of similar programs that look legitimate and useful but provide no real value. Unfortunately, they can also affect the performance of your device, its speed, and even security. You need to remove Mac Cleanup Pro as soon as you notice any of these signs showing that you are affected by the PUP:

  • constant redirects to commercial sites;
  • pop-up ads delivered to your screen;
  • promotional content;
  • messages about your device being infected;
  • suggestions to purchase a license key of Mac Cleanup Pro. 

Mac Cleanup Pro removal can be performed by using your antivirus tool or manual removal method which is described below. Later on, use programs like Reimage to fix the damage caused by these silent infections. There is a possibility that, during the infiltration, additional threats got on your computer and affected significant parts of the system. 

You can simply uninstall Mac Cleanup Pro from the system, but the full system scan is still considered more reliable. Various extensions or tools added to your browser need to be removed if you want to prevent the reappearance of this virus. Rely only on reputable anti-malware tools and clean your system thoroughly. 

Software bundling is a deceptive technique used to distribute PUPs

Various fake error messages promote or distribute rogue system optimization tools as capable to fix virus damage. Unfortunately, these tools cannot fix issues on your computer. Silent intruders that come to computer without consent and permission gives the opposite effect.

According to researchers[3], the most common method used to spread these cyber threats is freeware bundles distributed during insecure installations. If you opt for Default or Quick method you may get additional tools and programs installed on the system. This is the silent method that affects the performance of your computer. 

Choosing Advanced or Custom options everytime you install any program can beneficial because you can de-select unwanted applications and install the tools you need only. Also, getting your software and updates from reputable sources helps in avoiding these silent cyber infections.

Mac Cleanup Pro removal should be followed by a full system scan

You need to remove Mac Cleanup Pro from the system as soon as possible and since this is a silent intruder and can install other tools, you should use reputable tools. Reputable anti-malware tools improve the performance of your device while removing additional programs and unwanted, useless tools.

Mac Cleanup Pro removal using tools designed for the system cleaning eliminates various threats and fixes issues with your computer. Thorough system scan using one of the tools we suggest below detects possible threats, terminates them and significantly affects the speed of your device.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Mac Cleanup Pro, follow these steps:

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Remove Mac Cleanup Pro from Mac OS X system

Get rid of Mac Cleanup Pro virus and use your computer normally again:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Mac Cleanup Pro or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Delete Mac Cleanup Pro from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Mac Cleanup Pro and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Mac Cleanup Pro removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Mac Cleanup Pro from Google Chrome

Mac Cleanup Pro may install additional browser features, reset the preferences on your Chrome go get rid of them:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Mac Cleanup Pro and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Mac Cleanup Pro removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Mac Cleanup Pro from Safari

Clean your Safari browser, so you can get back to safe time online:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Mac Cleanup Pro or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Mac Cleanup Pro removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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