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Remove Maftask Mac Process – Uninstall Maftask “Virus”

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What is Maftask Mac Process? What is Maftask doing to your Mac?

Maftask is a suspicious process associated with the undesired program

What is Mac Auto Fixer? Also called PUP.MacOS.MacAutoFixer. How to remove Mac Auto Fixer unwanted app? Mac Auto Fixer removal guide. Update April 2019
Mac Auto Fixer. In this article, you will find more details on its impact as well as removal steps. Once the associated program with this process is loaded on your Mac you may constantly see it appear in the Activity Monitor. Even though Mac Auto Fixer is advertised as a legitimate cleanup utility, it is a rogue program that primarily aims to scam you to buy its full version.

Threat Summary

NameMaftask
TypeSuspicious Mac Process
Short DescriptionAn undesired process activated by Mac Auto Fixer PUP.
SymptomsIt loads on each system start and appears in Activity Monitor.
Distribution MethodSoftware bundling; Corrupted freeware installers
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Maftask – Update October 2019

As already mentioned, the Maftask process seems to belong to the Mac Auto Fixer PUP. Mac Auto Fixer is usually bundled in the installers of freeware, downloaded from the web. Users that have downloaded the program or were affected by it unintentionally could be experiencing intrusive fake virus alerts and pop-up messages with warnings about viruses, such as “Your mac is infected“.

Maftask – How Did I Get It?

The suspicious process Maftask could be running on Mac devices that are affected by the potentially unwanted program associated it. Since this program is not considered to be malicious, its presence on the device could lead to some annoying issues such as increased number of online ads, unexpected browser redirects, aggressive pop-ups, etc. but not files corruption or data theft.

How it could access your device is via shady spread techniques like software bundling, third-party installers, malvertising, spam emails and fake notifications. All these techniques aim to trick you into installing the app without noticing its presence.

The main distribution channel is likely to be third-party apps with compromised installers. Since many supposedly useful apps are based on open source code, many of them could be easily modified for the spread purposes of PUPs’ owners. Modifications usually are applied to the installers of target free third-party apps. So once released across the web compromised versions of freeware could be set to install additional hidden apps.

Happily, there is a way to prevent undesired apps like the one associated with Maftask process from invading your device by selecting the Advanced/Custom configuration option presented in the installers of newly downloaded apps. Once you open this step you may find out that the installer contains extras that will be installed along with the primary app and eventually opt out their installation.

Maftask Process – More Information

Maftask is a suspicious Mac process started by the rogue program Max Auto Fixer. It could be set to load on each system start which in turn automatically activates the program. Even though, Mac Auto Fixer is advertised as a legitimate cleanup utility, it just another

In this article, we are going to highlight the danger of having a potentially unwanted program (PUP)installed on your Mac.
PUP that targets Macs. As identified by security experts, it is a rogue program that primarily aims to scam you to buy its full version.

For the purpose, it performs an automated scan process that almost always ends up with the display of several detected system errors that interfere with the performance of your Mac. However, these errors are not real and their sole purpose is to trick you into purchasing the full version of this rogue app.

According to reports made by affected Mac users, Max Auto Fixer is a really persistent program that could still find a way to run on the device even after it is closed or moved to the Trash. This could be explained by the fact that some applications are configured to create their files in more than one folder which in turn prevents their straightforward removal.

So only dragging the undesired Max Auto Fixer to the Trash may not result in its complete deletion. Its process Maftask could still appear in your Application Monitor as shown below:

Maftask suspicious process activity monitor Mac removal guide

If you want to prevent Maftask process from starting on each system load you should remove all files and objects associated with the potentially unwanted program Mac Auto Fixer. For the purpose, you could follow the step-by-step guide below. During the removal, make sure to check your Library folder as it is believed to contain several files associated with the PUP.

Remove Maftask Process in Full from Your Mac

In order to remove the undesired process Maftask from your affected Mac you should find and delete all files installed by Mac Auto Fixer program. For the purpose, you could use the steps listed in the removal below. It presents both manual and automatic removal approaches that combined will help you to get rid of this process in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all harmful files and objects created by the PUP.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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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 Maftask 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 Maftask:

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 Maftask. 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 Maftask. 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 Maftask 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 Maftask. 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 Maftask – 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"

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4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

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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 Maftask 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 Maftask files from your Mac

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