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Mac Space Reviver – a questionable Mac utility which is not recommended to use

Mac Space Reviver download website

Mac Space Reviver is a program that is promoted as a tool that allows cleaning duplicate files on Mac computers. Nevertheless, it may seem like a useful tool for those who make their Macs messy; it’s a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] that might sneak into the system unnoticed and trigger other unpleasant activities.

Summary
Name Mac Space Reviver
Type Potentially unwanted program (PUP)
Danger level Medium. PUP cannot damage the system but is capable of getting installed unnoticed and performing misleading activities on the machine.
Distribution methods The official website, software bundles, ads, third-party download sites
Symptoms Gets into the system unnoticed, delivers fake positive scan results, promotes paid version of the program
To remove Mac Space Reviver, install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run a full system scan

Mac Space Reviver has an official website where developers offer to download the program for free. However, if you have antivirus installed on your PC, the msr_msite.pkg file will be reported as dangerous as soon as the download is completed.

However, users may not be able to take advantage of all promised features unless they buy a full version for 8.11 EUR. Indeed, it’s not an expensive subscription for 12 months. However, it’s a barely useful program.

Clean duplicate photos, music & a lot more from your Mac & recover valuable drive space.
[Source: the official website]

Due to the program’s ability to get into the system unnoticed, Mac users often refer to it as Mac Space Reviver virus. However, it’s too harsh definition for a potentially unwanted application. It cannot damage the system, but its installation might lead to unpleasant consequences, such as:

  • aggressive promotions to subscribe for a full version;
  • promote other questionable tools for Mac (e.g., MacKeeper, Advanced Mac Cleaner);
  • scan the system for duplicates and show false positive results to trick users into buying the software;
  • bring the potentially unwanted program to the computer.

Furthermore, the privacy policy informs about data tracking. The program uses cookies[2] to collect various browsing-related information for unknown reasons. Additionally, they collect “active information” which consists of:

  • email address when users subscribe to newsletters and updates;
  • site usage information;
  • customer and site feedback;
  • purchase tracking details.

Developers do not clearly state why they need such this information and whether it will be disclosed to third-parties. Hence, it might put your privacy at risk, especially if you decide to make the purchase and reveal credit card details. However, in any case, Mac Space Reviver removal should be completed before something bad happens.

We do not recommend using developer’s suggested uninstaller to remove Mac Space Reviver from the device. You can get rid of this program by following our prepared manual elimination guide at the end of the article. Or you just run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and let this security tool clean and fix your Mac.

Mac Space Reviver virus imageMac Space Reviver is a potentially unwanted program for Mac that might display fake positive scan results to promote paid version of the software.

Promotion and installation of the shady Mac utility

As you already know, the program has an official website. However, MacSpaceReviver.com is not the only download source. This Mac cleaner is also available on third-party download sources, spread bundled with freeware and is promoted on ads.

The program is most likely to get into the system unnoticed when you download apps from third-party stores. These programs are usually software bundles that contain numerous additional programs that usually PUPs. You agree to install freeware package every time you choose Quick/Recommended settings which do not openly disclose about such promoted apps.

For this reason, you have to stick to Advanced/Custom settings and monitor the procedure. If you see the list of pre-selected “additional downloads,” remove the ticks next to them and stop their installation.

What is more, while browsing the web, you might also discover Mac Space Reviver ads which offer to install software to get more space on your machine. These ads might be displayed on high-risk sites or any other site if you have adware installed on your PC.

Mac Space Reviver ads promote installation

Specialists from avirus.hu[3] remind that it’s dangerous to install programs (or updates) from pop-ups or other ads. Many unwanted apps and malicious programs are spread in this way. Hence, you can get easily infected with malware.

Uninstall Mac Space Reviver from Mac OS X

The official website offers to download uninstaller which is supposed to get rid of the program. However, this Mac Space Reviver removal method is not recommended. It might operate as spyware and collect your passwords which might be used for hacking your PC or committing other crimes.

To remove Mac Space Reviver from the machine, you have to navigate to the Applications folder and move this program to Trash. Additionally, you have to eliminate all program-related files. To do so, you can follow the guide below or use anti-malware software.

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 Space Reviver, follow these steps:

Eliminate Mac Space Reviver from Windows systems

To remove Mac Space Reviver from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Mac Space Reviver (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase Mac Space Reviver from Mac OS X system

The guide below will help you to remove Mac Space Reviver malware and its related files from Mac OS X. However, we also recommend resetting web browsers installed on your machine to delete tracking cookies that may have been installed on them. 

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Mac Space Reviver from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Mac Space Reviver-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 Mac Space Reviver, 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 related to Mac Space Reviver and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Mac Space Reviver-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Mac Space Reviver from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Mac Space Reviver and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Mac Space Reviver removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Mac Space Reviver from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Mac Space Reviver-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Mac Space Reviver 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 plugins that are related to Mac Space Reviver and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  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

In case Mac Space Reviver did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete Mac Space Reviver removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove Mac Space Reviver 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 Mac Space Reviver 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Mac Space Reviver-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 to complete Mac Space Reviver removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Mac Space Reviver from Safari

Follow these steps to reset Safari:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Mac Space Reviver 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

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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