“Mac Performance Wants Access” Virus – Remove It (Update Dec. 2019)

“Mac Performance Wants Access” Virus – How to Remove It

This article has been created to explain how you can remove the Mac Performance Wants Access issue from your Mac completely.

Reports have started to accumulate over an increasing issue with access request over the users browsers on Mac. What the users receive is a pop-up message that Mac Performance wants access to control their browsers. If you see such type of message on Safari, Firefox, Chrome or other browsers, be advised that there is no such thing as Mac Performance program and if there was such an app, it would not ask to control your browser if the app was legitimate. Researchers believe that these pop-ups may be displayed on your web browser as a result of you having installed an ad-supported application on your web browser that is filling up your Mac with advertisements and pop-ups, the accepting of which might even result in malware infection of your Mac. Read this article to learn how to remove the “Mac Performance” pop-ups and learn how you can fix your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameMac Performance Virus
TypeAdware for Mac OS
Short DescriptionDisplays fake system pop-ups and shows various different ads that lead to unknown sites.
SymptomsA lot of different types of advertisements and slow performance of the affected Mac.
Distribution MethodThe main method of distribution that is related to these issues is believed to be via software bundling, but there is also the possibility of the adware app being downloaded from a shady site.
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Mac Performance Pop-ups – How Did I Get Them

Seeing the Mac Performance pop-ups is likely an indicator of your computer system being compromised by what appears to e an adware application that is added on your Mac. These types of programs pretend to be real, but are in fact adware. They often pose as helpers that aim to improve the way you use your Mac in one way or another. One method of distribution they use is called software bundling. This method is characterized by the fact that the apps in question may be installed by hijacking the installers of other free apps. This means that every time you try to download and install your free torrent or other type of useful app on your Mac, the installer you may have downloaded may contain the adware, causing the Mac Performance issues. The program may be advertised in one of the installation steps that may be located there “as an optional offer” and it’s installation step may also be in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options.

In addition to being added via these methods, the Mac Performance pop-ups may also be shown as a result of adware being added to your web browser as well. This can happen if you have added a browser extension or such is automatically added to your browser. Many adware developers use browser extensions to control web browsers and show push notifications and other form of advertisements as a result of that.

Mac Performance Pop-ups – More Information

The Mac Performance pop-ups may appear during random browsing on the following web browsers for Mac:

  • Mozilla Firefox.
  • Google Chrome.
  • Safari.
  • Opera.

If they appear, they will ask for control permissions over your browser. Here is the message which appears:

“Mac Performance Wants Access to Control {web browser name}”

The messages ask for the victim to give an app, called Mac Performance, which may have nothing to do with the Mac’s performance, control over the web browser. The end result of that is that you may give away the following permissions to this suspicious application:

  • Voice recording.
  • Camera access.
  • Keystrokes logging.
  • Online clicks tracking.
  • Obtaining of saved account information (IDs, passwords).
  • Obtaining your browser history.

The outcome of that may vary as it depends on the real people who are behind the fake Mac Performance application. They may collect data and use it to flood your Mac with different ads, like:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Online redirects to various websites.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Taken over banner spaces.

In addition to this, different tracking technologies may also be used, like:

  • Cookies.
  • Pixels.
  • Tags.
  • Geo-locators.

These tracking tech are often used with the main purpose to get users to giveaway more of their information, even if they have located and deleted the software, causing the Mac Performance pop-ups.

Remove Mac Performance Pop-ups and Fix Your Mac

We have prepared instructions below by which you can manually hunt for and locate the software that is causing the Mac Performance pop-ups manually. However, this comes as no guarantee, since there may be tracking technologies and other types of left over software that may still track your information. This is why for maximum effectiveness, we would advise you what most experts would and that is to download and run a scan on your Mac with an advanced Mac Antivirus software. Such program will remove all of the trackers, set by the Mac Performance adware and also detect and remove all adware elements, if any on your Mac. The program also aims to ensure that you Mac remains protected against these Mac Performance issues in the future too.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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1 Comment

  1. AvatarJack

    I have been unable to get rid of this pop up. It shows everytime I open Safari. Will your instructions help me?


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