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What Is Mac Repair

This article has been created in order to explain what exactly is Mac Repair fake optimizer PUP and how you can remove this unwanted program from your Mac fully.

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Yet another fake Mac optimizer, going by the name Mac Repair has been detected by security researchers. The program’s main goal is to convince users to purchase its a full version in order to fix errors that will result in speeding up your Mac. In reality, however, the situation may not be as it seems, because Mac Repair is the type of program that aims at nothing else than users’ money. It may display various types of fake error detections in order to convince users to purchase its full version and since those errors may not even be real at all, users are advised to stay away from Mac Repair. If you want to remove Mac Repair from your Mac, we suggest that you read this article thoroughly.

Mac Repair Virus

The main method via which you may have started seeing Mac Repair on your Mac is believed to be software bundling. This is basically the including of the Mac Repair app in the software install wizards of other free apps the user may have downloaded for his or her Mac. It is not easy spotting Mac Repair, because the app itself may be well-concealed within the Advanced or Custom installation options and if you spot it, the app may be advertised as a “optional offer” or a “free extra” to your current installation. The outcome of this is Mac Repair being automatically added, even if the user does not notice the app itself.

Threat Summary

NameMac Repair
TypeRogue Software for Mac
Short DescriptionLikely a rogue software trying to lure you into paying money.
SymptomsMay display all sorts of detections that may be fake just to get you to purchase its full version.
Distribution MethodBundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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And this Is not all that is to it, because Mac Repair may also be added to your Mac as a result of you having to visit its website, where the program is advertised as a legitimate tool that claims to be of utmost assistance for your Mac’s performance issues.

Once installed on your Mac, the Mac Repair app may begin to perform the following activities:

  • The app may run after being closed.
  • Mac Repair may initiate automated system scans.
  • The app may run automatically.
  • The Mac Repair app may interrupt your conventional browsing process by showing fake system warning that your Mac has been compromised or is slowed down by unnecessary files.
  • The Mac Repair app may cause different types of advertisements to begin appearing on your Mac.

And if you see the screen from the image above and you wish to remove errors from your Mac, we strongly suggest that you do not try removing them using Mac Repair, because these errors may not even exist and they may only be displayed so that you purchase the full version of this software.

Programs, like Mac Repair are often encountered on the web, and users should be very careful, because these apps only aim at getting victims to pay. It is strongly recommended to immediately remove the Mac Repair app from your Mac in the events that you encounter it.

Remove Mac Repair from Your Mac

If you want to remove this potentially unsafe program from your Mac, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been created with the main idea in mind that you scan for the app as a program that is directly added to your Mac. But sometimes, removing apps, like Mac Repair via the conventional instructions may not work, because they are embedded deep within the Mac’s drive directories. This is why experts often recommend using advanced anti-malware and cleaner software. Such a tool will deep-scan your Mac for all files related to suspicious programs, like Mac Repair and will make sure that they are removed from your Mac effectively and fully and it stays safe against such PUPs in the future as well.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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Get rid of Mac Repair from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Mac Repair and remove related files and objects

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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 Repair:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


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 Repair. 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 Repair. 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 Repair 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

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 Repair. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Mac Repair from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Mac Repair from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Mac Repair from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Delete Mac Repair from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Mac Repair will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Mac Repair from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


Mac Repair FAQ

What is Mac Repair?

Mac Repair is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that Mac Repair may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is Mac Repair a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The Mac Repair object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because Mac Repair can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get Mac Repair?

Mac Repair could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, Mac Repair adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed Mac Repair, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove Mac Repair from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of Mac Repair from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were Mac Repair could be residing.

It will also make sure that Mac Repair is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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