How to Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner form MacOS (Update April 2020)
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How to Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner form MacOS

This article will provide help to all of you how are wondering “How do I remove Advanced Mac Cleaner from my Mac?”

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The easy to follow removal instructions for this unwanted software are given at the end of this article.

Advanced Mac Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and it is developed by a company called PCVARK. Another name for it is PUP.MacOS.AdvancedMacCleaner. The company behind it is tied to applications which are considered PUPs and is also known to put different advertisements in their products to promote other software they have developed. Adding to that, scare messages might appear trying to trick Mac users into installing other PUPs. If you have Advanced Mac Cleaner installed on your Mac, then know that pop-ups and alert notifications that have no obvious source might be stemming from this software or any other apps related to PCVARK.

Threat Summary

NameAdvanced Mac Cleaner
TypePUP/Rogue Application
Short DescriptionAdvanced Mac Cleaner is a PUP, developed by the company PCVARK. The company is known to have many applications which put various advertisements and scare messages, trying to trick you to install more apps.
SymptomsPop-up boxes, messages, and alerts appear on your Mac machine. You are being lied to that there are viruses on your Mac and that you need to install a removal software within a given time frame.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Suspicious Sites
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Advanced Mac Cleaner PUP – Distribution Ways

The Advanced Mac Cleaner unwanted application or otherwise known as PUP.MacOS.AdvancedMacCleaner is being effectively distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. You can get your Mac affected by it without even being aware, that the Advanced Mac Cleaner has installed on your machine with a freeware installation or bundled package. In such packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly (or at all), and you can get tricked into installing apps such as Advanced Mac Cleaner. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom option in an installation setup to see the full contents of what you are getting.

Suspicious sites are another source for the distribution of the PUP.MacOS.AdvancedMacCleaner. Visiting such sites can end you up with a rogue program installed on your Mac. For instance, if you manually go to the official site of AdvancedMacCleaner.com, and download it. There are other sites that advertise the program with pop-ups or banners that are probably their partners or belong to the same cloth of people that spread similar software.

Is Advanced Mac Cleaner a Virus?

Advanced Mac Cleaner is actually an old application known to AVs as PUP.MacOS.AdvancedMacCleaner. That particular PUP tends to appear on Mac devices without users’ permission. The app is considered to be a potentially unwanted program since it seems to disrupt the normal work of computers. Mac users should proceed with caution and carefully read the content of this article, as this will give them a better idea of how the whole program works.

Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner From Your Mac is an article that shows that this is not a new program at all, as you can see from the article’s publish date.

The 2019 version continues to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP), developed by the company PCVARK. The company is known to have many applications that are considered PUPs and also puts various advertisements in their software to point to other software they have created. Even though Advanced Mac Cleaner is not a Mac virus or a malware as it does not aim to cause damage to your operating system, it remains a questionable software. One of the main reasons for this classification is its odd behavior. Once running on a Mac device the program starts to show various advertising pop-up messages.

Interestingly enough, the alert notifications and pop-up messages are not the only thing that the PUP.MacOS.AdvancedMacCleaner software is designed to do. The Info.plist file inside the application reveals a list of over 200 various file types that it claims to be able to open. If you try to open a file which doesn’t have a corresponding application associated with it, the file will be opened by Advanced Mac Cleaner.

Below, in the screenshot, you can see the GUI of the program, with a screen where it shows that issues have been found on your Mac machine:

Advanced Mac Cleaner generates fake issues

Afterward, Advanced Mac Cleaner shows a reasonably convincing, but fake variant of the normal OS X dialog message box which says that no suitable app is installed.

The fake message box links to the official Advanced Mac Cleaner website, owned by PCVARK, which tries to install Mac Adware Remover or similar applications to Advanced Mac Cleaner. So now you know the answer of the question “What is pup.pcvark?”

All these programs have a valid, Apple-provided developer certificate, thus macOS will install them without prompting a warning or a notification of any sort. The following pop-up message can show up from time to time, trying to prompt you into installing rogue security software which is probably also related to the PCVARK company:

Here is what it states:

Warning:
The last site you visited might have infected
your Desktop with virus
Current risk: 93%

Click on the button below to install the latest Mac
security to remove all the viruses

Your Mac would have critical errors, if you do not
remove the viruses within
[5 minute counter] Install Security Update
Now

With a timer, this message tries to trick many Mac users, with scare tactics, into installing more junk on their machines. If you have questionable behavior on your MacOS, experience slow-downs or have unknown applications installed like PUP.MacOS.AdvancedMacCleaner, consider scanning your Mac with a legitimate security software and see if you can eliminate the cause.

Below you can see the Privacy Policy of Advanced Mac Cleaner:

As the site found at http://advancedmaccleaner.com/privacypolicy is already marked as an unsafe web place to visit, it remains questionable whether the information given on it is true or not. Be careful what data you provide, what terms you agree to, what consensus you give to people (over the phone or not) claiming to be working behind this unwanted software. Do not install secondary programs advertised from a program that claims that your Mac has issues, albeit it cannot fix them alone.

How to Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner Virus

Unfortunately, Advanced Mac Cleaner is not an app that can be uninstalled by simply dragging it to the Trash. If you want to remove the Advanced Mac Cleaner unwanted software from your Mac machine in full we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac machines. The main goal of such a program is to scan your machine and terminate the files with malicious behavior and also clean up any malicious code in your repositories. In addition, with a specific anti-malware program, your computer will remain with better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.

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Get rid of Advanced Mac Cleaner from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Advanced Mac Cleaner 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner:

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 Advanced Mac Cleaner. 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner. 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner. 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Advanced Mac Cleaner, 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner 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 Advanced Mac Cleaner 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".

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

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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


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