Mac Tonic “Virus” Program – How to Remove it from Your Mac

Mac Tonic “Virus” Program – How to Remove it from Your Mac

This article has been made in order to explain what exactly is Mac Tonic and show you ways via which you can try and remove this program from your Mac.

Mac Tonic is generally advertised as a Cleanup Utility for Macs, but the program is also believed to be related to numerous reports of it being potentially deceitful. One of the main symptoms which point out to this program bringing more harm than good is the functionality of it or more importantly the fact that it detects threats each time you start it, even on a clean Mac and in addition to this the software asks your to pay around $40 in order to perform the optimizations it requests. And this is not all, since Mac Tonic is also the type of program that may be a bit difficult to remove because it may automatically start and run scans on your Mac. If you believe that you do not need such a program, like Mac Tonic to reside on your Mac, you should read the following article.

Threat Summary

NameMac Tonic
TypeHoax Optimizer for Mac OS
Short DescriptionClaims it can speed up your Mac’s performance by eliminating errors and junk files, but may also display hoax detections to get you to purchase it’s full versions.
SymptomsRuns automatically when you start your Mac and displays automatic scans. May often show you errors even if you have fixed your Mac.
Distribution MethodVia the website of Mac Tonic or via Software Bundling.
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by Mac Tonic


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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Mac Tonic.

Mac Tonic How Did I Get It

There are not so many methods by which these third-party apps get slithered on your Mac. For starters, Mac Tonic is available on the official website of the program:

The website itself advertises the program as a legitimate software with a lot of features but these claims may not exactly be as advertised.

Another method of being spread onto users’ Macs is known as software bundling. This method includes the adding of Mac Tonic as a part of the installers of other programs which are also downloaded from third-party sites. These apps’s installers may contain an installation step that may reside somewhere in their “Manual” or “Custom” installation modes, where Mac Tonic may be advertised “as a free extra”.

Mac Tonic – More Information

As soon as you download it, Mac Tonic may initiate automated scans on your Mac. The scans often result in the program finding out hundreds of errors on each Mac in which it has been installed:

But this is not the only thing it finds, since the program may also locate failed downloads, duplicate files and which programs are active. But do not consider each detection on Mac Tonic something that you may be able to rely on, since what we have found is that no matter how much elements from the affected Mac we have cleaned up, Mac Tonic is believed to still detect errors on it. But the worst part is when you click on Clean and instead of cleaning something that may or may not exist on your Mac, you get redirected to a payment page:

But what is more alarming is that during the course of our investigation on Mac Tonic, we have managed to detect that Mac Tonic uses cookies on their website and may also use other tracking technologies that obtain information from your Mac and they do not even take responsibilities against any damages done to your information or finances:

So basically, what appears from our Snapshot of their site is that the software aims to optimize and fix your Mac but if you suffer because of it, you cannot do anything about it, even if you have paid Mac Tonic for the full version. And this is not all, because they also claim that they will be able to change their privacy policy everytime without even notifying you:

And not only this, but when we checked for similar programs, like Mac Tonic, we have established that it had extreme similarity to another shady software, known as Mac Auto Fixer which has also been regarded to display different forms of advertisements on the Macs affected by it.

But this is not all, because as we have detected beforehand, there have been numerous reports, concerning Mac Tonic on Apple forums resulting in a very large discussion. In these reports users have reported the following problems in relation to Mac Tonic:

  • Difficult to close the program.
  • The software automatically starts.
  • Removing it by “trashing” Mac Tonic did not seem to work as it creates Library folders and tasks in the Activity Monitor.
  • Developed by PCVARK which is known as a shady company that makes hoax antivirus programs to lure people into spending money to purchase licenses for programs
  • Clicking the “x” does not seem to be able to close Mac Tonic.
  • The program comes with elevated installation privileges.

One user has reported the Mac Tonic app to perform the following unwanted activities:

How can I get rid of Mac Tonic malware?
A Mac Tonic application/advertisement appeared on my Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6. Unfortunately, there is no option to close the Mac Tonic malware in its menu and the app only appears to respond to a “Let’s get started with Mac Tonic” button on popup that I am reluctant to select. How can I get rid of this malware? Komros is not able to clean automatically and the directions I have seen for manually cleaning requires closing Mac Tonic. Thank you in advance for your help.

MacBook Pro

Posted on 26, 2018 11:32 AM

Remove Mac Tonic from Your Mac Effectively

If you came here because you want to remove this PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) from your Mac and stop such programs in the future, then you should follow the removal instructions below. Bear in mind, however that the program may have leftover files in your Libraries, so if it still appears, security experts advise to run a scan with an advanced cleaner program which will be try to eliminate this and other PUAs from your Mac and also check for malware.

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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