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Mac Security Plus – How to Remove It

This post has been made in order to best explain what is Mac Security Plus and show you ways via which you can remove this unwanted program from your Mac.

A new potentially unsafe software, called Mac Security Plus has been detected to cause issues on the Mac devices it has been installed on. Mac Security Plus is a fake rogue anti-spyware software for Macs. This unwanted software is usually spread via suspicious sites, spam and other means and it may aim to not only slow your Mac down, but to also display a lot of fake infections and ask you to pay the full version in order to clean your “infected” Mac whereas in reality there could be nothing wrong with it. Read this article to understand how you can remove Mac Security Plus from your Mac effectively.

Threat Summary

NameMac Security Plus
TypeRogue/Fake Antivirus for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to show you hoax detections of malware to scare you into purchasing it’s full version to be able to remove the viruses.
SymptomsDisplays scary pop-ups and hundreds of malware and unwanted software detections to get you to purchase it’s full version. May run automatic scans.
Distribution MethodVia hacked sites or by clicking on images and getting redirected to a download page.
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Mac Security Plus – How Did I Get It

The primary method by which one could be redirected to Mac Security Plus and have it installed is if you have clicked on a banner or an image that belongs to an otherwise hacked website. Usually such sites show advertisements that pretend to be an online scanner and it almost always detects something. But to remove it, the scammers want you to download the software.

Another way via which this unwanted program (also known as PUP) spreads is to be spammed to you via messages, ads, redirects, pop-ups and other unwanted content. Some users even report getting such programs unknowingly by clicking on Google Images that led them to dangerous sites.

Mac Security Plus – More Information

Once Mac Security Plus has been downloaded on your computer system, the program may create various different types of files that may prompt it to start automatically when you log into your Mac. Once up and running, Mac Security Plus may only appear like it is running an automatic scan of your computer, but in reality it may only be showing animation. The program will likely almost always detect a lot of malicious files and infected ones on your Mac. If you try to delete those files, using Mac Security Plus, however, you cannot do that and you must furst buy a full licenses before the hoax antivirus will allow you to use it for your PC. In addition to this, Mac Security will also be updated in order to state that your PC is infected and is at risk.

Security researchers strongly recommend to check your accounts Login Items because the Mac Security Plus program may be set to launch automatically each time you turn your Mac on. As there is no Dock icon for this app, it cannot be closed that easily as well and will ask you to terminate it’s processes via the Activity Monitor before you can try to remove this applicaton from your PC.

While Mac Security is running on your computer, the program will also shwo fake security alerts which are used to further scare you into believeing that your PC is compromised, like the following message:

The system is infected
Your system is infected. It’s highly recommended to cleanup your system to protect critical information like credit card numbers, etc. Unregistered Copy
Sorry, the copy of your program is unregistered. Register to have an ability to cleanup your system.

These notifications should not be trussted and you should not trust the program at all. In addition to this, Mac Security Plus may also be related to adware components, because it may also open websites and automatically start Safari browser. And the sites it opens are also dangerous and may lead to various types of risky software to be installed on your Mac.

Remove Mac Security Plus from Your Mac

If you want to make sure that you get rid of the Mac Security Plus effectively, we would recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath. They have been created to help you delete the files of the software from the ground up. Furthermore, be advised that security experts often recommend to remove Mac Security Plus preferrably by downloading an advanced anti-malware program. Since Mac Security Plus cannot be easily deleted manually, such anti-malware tool aims to detect all of it’s components and eradicate them effectively to secure your Mac.

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Preparation Phase:

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 Security Plus 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 Security Plus:

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 Security Plus. 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 Security Plus. 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 Security Plus 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 Security Plus. 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: Remove Mac Security Plus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

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

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

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

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 Security Plus 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.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

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

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

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


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

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

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

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


Step 3: Scan for and remove Mac Security Plus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Mac Security Plus, 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.


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