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Remove Mac Tweaker (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Mac Tweaker – a rogue system optimizer that might leave you disappointed

Mac Tweaker PUP

Mac Tweaker is advertised as an optimization tool that can clean and optimize Mac OS X system 10.7 & above. Similarly to MacKeeper, Mac Optimizer, Mac Mechanic and many others, this questionable application infiltrates users’ machines without permission. Thus, it falls into potentially unwanted program[1] category.

SUMMARY
Name Mac Tweaker
Type Potentially unwanted program
OS affected Mac OS X 10.7 and above
Main dangers Wasted money on full license, important file deletion, personal information disclosure
Distribution Bundling, online advertisements or official website – hxxp://mactweaker.com/
Elimination Download and install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Manual method also available

As soon as the unwanted app infests your system, it performs a computer scan. You should not be surprised that, according to Mac Tweaker, your system is affected by many issues that need to be addressed. As soon as you proceed and click “Fix” however, you are prompted to buy a full version of the program.

A licensed version is subscription based and costs $39.95 every six months. You are also offered additional software that costs another $19.95. The service is expensive, especially when you combine it with questionable functionality.

If you proceed with the purchase, you are asked to provide personal details, including name, email, phone and bank information. Please read the following from developer’s EULA:

7.2. You acknowledge that Mac Tweaker collects certain information regarding the users of the Software, including certain personally identifiable information. You hereby consent to Mac Tweaker for collection and use of such information, and agree that Mac Tweaker's collection and use of such information will be governed by Mac Tweaker's Privacy Policy

We highly advise refraining from this offer as the personal information might be used for questionable purposes (typically marketing); however, you can never know when your data might be misused, especially when payments are handled by 3rd parties, too. Thus, do not trust this program – remove Mac Tweaker immediately.

The main problem with fake optimization tools is that all of them have a similar function: they mostly enter users machines through software bundling or advertisements, perform the scan, find hundreds of “issues” and demand payment for the alleged fix. The whole scheme is incredibly shady. Therefore, some people might call it Mac Tweaker virus (although it is not).

If you want proper tools to protect your computer, select reputable security software, like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Not only can it help you with Mac Tweaker removal but can also detect other PUPs or even malware. Furthermore, junk files,[2] trash, logs and other issues can be eliminated manually – for free.

Mac Tweaker fake optimizerMac Tweaker is a legitimate software, claiming it can clean and speed up Mac. However, its functionality raises doubts to security experts.

Ways rogue software invades users’ machines

The suspicious application can be distributed in two ways – downloaded and installed intentionally or installed together with other free software. As the PUP performs scan instantaneously after installation, confused and scared users might proceed with the full license purchase.

Therefore, do not let questionable applications enter your Mac OS that easily – be attentive while installing freeware. The most important thing is not to rush the installation while clicking “Next” button without looking. By doing so, you might skip essential steps. Thus, read installation instructions carefully and always opt for Advanced or Custom installation mode. Make sure you deselect any pre-selected tick marks by add-ons, toolbars, optimization tools, etc.

Uninstall Mac Tweaker from your Mac and save your money

Security experts[3] noted that fake optimization tools are not useful for your computer and should be avoided in the first place. However, if you noticed that your system is being scanned out of nowhere, remove Mac Tweaker at once.

You can remove Mac Tweaker manually by using our guide below this article. Do not forget that you have to eliminate all related files in the libraries. Also, we do not advise picking this method if you are not that computer-savvy individual.

You can also opt for automatic Mac Tweaker virus removal – it will only take a few minutes. Please pick one of the programs mentioned below, install and run a full system scan. If you recently installed free software and obtained Mac Tweaker, it is highly likely that you have other PUPs installed on your system, like a browser hijacker or an adware program. Security software will detect all of these unwanted programs and eliminate them for good.

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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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove Mac Tweaker, follow these steps:

Delete Mac Tweaker from Windows systems

To remove Mac Tweaker 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 Tweaker (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.

Remove Mac Tweaker from Mac OS X system

To eliminate Mac Tweaker form your Mac OS X, follow these steps:

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

Remove Mac Tweaker from Applications folder:

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

Erase Mac Tweaker 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 Tweaker 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 Tweaker removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Mac Tweaker 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 Tweaker-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

Eliminate Mac Tweaker 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 Tweaker 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 Tweaker 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 Tweaker removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Mac Tweaker from Google Chrome

Do not forget to reset your Google Chrome browser:

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 Tweaker 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 Tweaker-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 Tweaker removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Mac Tweaker from 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 Tweaker 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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