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Remove Mac Mechanic (Removal Guide) - updated Jul 2020

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Mac Mechanic is a questionable system optimization tool designed for Mac users

Mac Mechanic virus scanner showed
Mac Mechanic is a dubious optimization utility that can instead cause harm to Mac machines

Mac Mechanic is a potentially unwanted program[1] that is advertised as a system optimizing tool for Mac OS X. The business model of such applications is relatively simple: several thousand users install it via software bundling and a full system scan is automatically performed. Victims are then caught in the panic moment when their screen starts flashing several warnings, as hundred of issues are detected by Mac Mechanic. Users are then prompted to buy its licensed version in order to fix the alleged system errors. However, this is merely a scam and there is nothing wrong with the device. Additionally, users complained[2] about unending amount of pop-up ads appearing out of no were and immensely reduce web browsing experience. 

Name Mac Mechanic
Type PUP, malware
Danger level Medium (can recognize random system's files as problematic or malicious. Removal of such files can result in abnormal system's behavior)
Distribution Freeware and shareware
Symptomps Regular system scans, pop-ups reporting system's condition, slowdowns
OS affected Mac
Elimination procedure Manual by using an inbuilt uninstaller. RECOMMENDED: use a professional anti-malware tool, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to eliminate all PUPs and related files

Just like many other similar tools (Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Tweaker, etc.) Mac Mechanic promises users that it can fix, clean, and improve the performance of the device. Developers also promise that users can enhance their Mac performance by using such tools as System Cleaner, App Manager, Duplicate Remover, and similar functions. However, Mac Mechanic is merely an adware application that is also actively trying to scam users and providing no actual benefit.

Mac Mechanic has an official website and can be either downloaded or purchased directly. However, to maximize the number of its users, the developers monetize freeware developers for the chance to spread it alongside popular free apps. Additionally, Mac Mechanic virus can also be downloaded and installed when redirected from dubious advertisement banners and pop-ups.

Free apps contain a free trial version of the Mac Mechanic, which once installed loads a fake scanner and initiates a long lasting system scanning. Not only it diminished system's performance, but also generates predetermined scan results, which reports a multitude of Mac problems regarding cache libraries, the excessive amount of junk or even existence of malware.

Mac Mechanic virus. A printscreen of official website
Mac Mechanic is a PUP that can also be dubbed as a rogue Mac optimization utility. It's purpose is to trick people into installing its free version and then foist a license key for a considerable amount of money

However, the scan results of the Mac Mechanic are bogus. The tool contains a pre-installed list of scan results,[3] meaning that most of the issues reported are either non-existent or random Mac system's file names.
No, Mac Mechanic is not going to speed up your Mac or otherwise influence its performance positively. In contrary, keeping this tool on your system can result in the following side-effects:

  • You can continuously experience irritating system's scans;
  • Mac Mechanic virus may generate pop-ups urging to scan the system or reporting serious system's violations;
  • Your Mac may get sluggish, especially during Mac Mechanic scans;
  • It may download and install other PUPs to the system;
  • You may be tricked to pay 39,95 €/$ for a useless license key.
  • Random system's files indicated as problematic and, therefore, removed can cause even more serious performance problems.

Users also complained that one of the most irritating traits of Mac Mechanic is that it creates an incredible amount of advertisement, which plagues Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari browsers. According to victims, Mac Mechanic also initiated ads when browsers were not in operation at all. All the attempts to remove Mac Mechanic were also in fain, as ads merely returned after deleting its original folder. Nevertheless, please read on to find out how to delete Mac Mechanic ads.

Even though Mac Mechanic app does not feature malicious traits, it's a misleading software that deceives its users by empty and leads inexperienced PC users to money loss. Our partners from[4] warn that removal of random system files or supposed duplicate files using this misleading app can cause serious outcomes.

The only way to stop this tool from displaying unrealistic and exaggerated scan results is to initiate a complete Mac Mechanic removal from Mac. Since it's considered to be a legitimate Mac assistant, it should have an automatic uninstaller. Therefore, you can try to remove Mac Mechanic virus in a primitive way, i.e., drag and drop it to the Trash bin and then eliminate related files from the libraries.

If, however, you cannot do that because uninstaller is not provided or because the tool keeps reinstalling itself, you should scan the system with a reputable security tool, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner to eliminate Mac Mechanic malware along with its components.

Mac Mechanic
The official site of the dubious program is filled with fake reviews

Random system scans can start right after downloading a freeware program

This rogue Mac optimization utility is distributed using two methods – officially and stealthy. It has an official website that provides a direct download of a free trial version and allows purchasing a full version a couple of limited time special offers, including Sticky Password.

However, direct downloads are very rare. This tool is already infamous and classified as a PUP by most of the security vendors. Nevertheless, it's developer practice a stealthy distribution strategy, which is incoherent from freeware and shareware.

The PUP is attached by various free apps and included into the free offer's list across multiple download sources. Consequently, it can easily enter the system's of home users is they select Quick or Recommended freeware download method.

To prevent stealthy infiltration of PUPs, you should opt for Advanced or Custom installation method and monitor each installation step. Opt out of propositions to install useful web browser's add-ons or extensions, as well as reject unknown optimization tool.

Eliminate Mac Mechanic virus from Mac OS X

Mac Mechanic is oriented to Mac OS users. Therefore, it might be spreading along Mac-supported free apps, but not necessarily. Its developers seek to generate income by selling bogus service.

Mac Mechanic adware

If you've been tricked to install this app, we would highly recommend you to set up Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another reliable anti-malware tool and scan the system with it. To treat Mac Mechanic removal complete, you have to be sure that all its components that it might have been bundled with have also been removed. Therefore, a reputable anti-malware is a great option to clean PC from PUPs.

Nonetheless, you can remove Mac Mechanic app manually with the help of instructions provided down below this article. Make sure to perform each step carefully not to leave malware remnants.

This PUP might spread in one pack with browser hijackers. In case your web browser's settings have already been compromised and you are currently forced to use a bogus search engine, remove all PUPs from the system and reset the affected website. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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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To remove Mac Mechanic, follow these steps:

Get rid of Mac Mechanic from Mac OS X system

To get rid of Mac Mechanic from Mac OS X, follow these instructions:

  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 Mechanic 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'

Uninstall Mac Mechanic from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Mac Mechanic and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Mac Mechanic removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Mac Mechanic from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Mac Mechanic should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Mac Mechanic 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 Mechanic 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 Mechanic removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Mac Mechanic from Google Chrome

  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 Mechanic 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 Mechanic removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Mac Mechanic from Safari

  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 Mechanic 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 Mechanic removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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