This article has been created with the purpose to explain how to remove the Mac Auto Fixer program from your computer and help protect it against such programs In the future as well.
Mac Auto Fixer is one of those programs which aim to get users to download it, thinking it will fix the performance issues on their MacBooks and then remove any malware. However, this is not entirely the case as Mac Auto Fixer may display misleading information to users which aims to trick them into believing that the program has detected various types of malicious files on their computers in order to convince users to purchase it’s full version, whose main goal is to remove the detected errors. Since these detected errors may not even be real, we recommend that you immediately remove Mac Auto Fixer if you have added this app, preferably by using the information in this article.
|Name||Mac Auto Fixer|
|Short Description||May pretend to have discovered errors on your Mac but in reality might only want you to purchase it’s full version and uses your Mac security as a reason.|
|Symptoms||May run automatically and initiate system scans automatically on your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Mac Auto Fixer.|
Mac Auto Fixer – How Did I Get It
The primary method via which this software may land itself on your computer is usually bundling within third-party freeware installers. This program may land itself on your computer as a result of it’s installation files being merged with the installer of a program which you may have recently downloaded. Such programs can be often used software from the likes of media players, video converters, document converters or any other useful and free programs out there. These programs are often offered for free on third-party websites and then there are those sites that offer them with a “promotional offer”. Such offer can be Mac Auto Fixer which may be advertised on one of the installation steps of the program, while posing as a free extra to your current installation. And it is not easy to discover it either as the program is located in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options and this is why it is very easy to miss it out.
Another method via which tis app is installed on users machines is via a fake page claiming that your Mac needs an update. This “update” actually pushes the Mac Auto Fixer software automatically.
Mac Auto Fixer – More Information
Once Mac Auto Fixer has been added as an app to your Mac, the program may start to show up automatically when you start your machine. The software is originally advertised as a legitimate program that aims to serve as a cleanup utility for Mac. After some research we have discovered that this program may have something to do with a program, called Mac Tonic, to which the software actually links.
The program may also initiate an automated scan on your computer which may immediately result in errors that are detected. But be advised that these errors may not be all that you hope for as they may not even be real. The main reason behind this is the fact that the program cannot remove those errors until you purchase it’s full version. And this is not all. Users have reported the software to also add browser extensions on the computers it’s installed on which do a lot more than just catch errors. The extensions which were detected may be other fake helper programs that aim to improve your browsing experience.
In reality howver, those browser extensions are believed to be ad-supported, which means that they may display different types of ads on your Mac, such as:
- Taken over banner spaces.
- Ad-supported search results.
This activity may result in you being misled to various websites you should not visit, such as phishing sites, scam sites or websites that may directly infect your mac with malware. Only one more reason to consider removing Mac Auto Fixer and it’s extensions from your Mac.
Warning! In some cases the Mac Auto Fixer instances can mask as legitimate tools that are distributed by Apple and/or their partners. This is not a system utility that is promoted by the company and is made by a completely different third-party company.
One of the dangerous aspects of having this threat installed is that it may be programmed into installing various elements that cannot be removed using the ordinary uninstall method. It can also install itself as a persistent threat — the underlying engine will be started automatically once the computer is powered on.
Remove Mac Auto Fixer from Your Mac
In order to remove Mac Auto Fixer from your computer, we would recommend that you use a specific software that is designed to scan for and detect all of the related files and objects to Mac Auto Fixer and remove them. Such program also aims to ensure that your Mac remains protected against such invasive programs and malware in the future too, while also maintaining good performance of your machine.
About the Mac Auto Fixer Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Mac Auto Fixer how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on Mac Auto Fixer?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the Mac Auto Fixer threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
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3. XCSSET Mac Malware Targets Apple’s M1-Based Macs and macOS 11
4. macOS Backdoor Malware Linked to OceanLotus Hackers
5. The State of Apple’s Privacy So Far in 2021
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Mac Auto Fixer and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Mac Auto Fixer:
4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Mac Auto Fixer. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.
6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Mac Auto Fixer. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Mac Auto Fixer via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:
2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:
3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Mac Auto Fixer. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Mac Auto Fixer – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Mac Auto Fixer files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Mac Auto Fixer, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Quick and Easy Mac Malware Video Removal Guide
Step 4: How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?
Mac machines maintain probably the fastest operating system out there. Still, Macs do become slow and sluggish sometimes. The video guide below examines all of the possible problems that may lead to your Mac being slower than usual as well as all of the steps that can help you to speed up your Mac.
Mac Auto Fixer FAQ
What is Mac Auto Fixer on your Mac?
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of Mac Auto Fixer on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like Mac Auto Fixer?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Mac Auto Fixer?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.