Archive Manager PUP – How to Remove It from Your Mac

This page is made in order to help you understand what is the Archive Manager program and how to remove this unwanted software from your Mac.

If your Mac has been affected by the Archive Manager PUP, then you will likely see the program as being a legitimate tool to help optimise the files on your computers by compressing and securing it. In reality however, the program is classified by security experts as a questionable, mainly because it aims to get users to pay for it’s licensed version in order to actually work. This practice is commonly used by unwanted programs and their end goal is to only get users to pay while they may install browser hijackers and other adware to show ads and slow down your Mac. If you see Archive Manager PUP on your Mac and want to remove it, we would suggest that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

NameArchive Manager PUP
TypeHoax Archive Manager Tool
Short DescriptionPretends to be a useful program, but in reality aims to perform unwanted activities and may display misleading information that will convince victims to purchase it’s licensed version which is usually very expensive.
SymptomsYou could see Archive Manager displaying annoying pop-ups to upgrade to the full version plus other notifications as well.
Distribution MethodBundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Archive Manager – Distribution

The main methods of distribution of Archive Manager PUP is believed to be conducted via what is known as software bundling. This tactic is often used by adware distributors who aim to advertise their program as a free download but on it’s setup, they may also add another program in the installer as well, like Archive Manager. This program may be advertised “as a free extra” to the current installation process and in addition to this, it may also be downloaded from a website, where Archive Manager is advertised as a useful tool that is able to effectively manage space on your Mac and improve it’s security, but the situation may not be as it seems.

Archive Manager – Activity

Archive Manager is a program that is made to compress files on Macs and hence free up space without having to use external hard drives and other methods to store your data. In reality, however, once this program is installed on your Mac, it may perform the following suspicious activities:

  • Showing ads.
  • Installing browser add-ons and plugins.
  • Collecting online browsing data.
  • Starting automatically.

Once you run it, the Archive Manager PUP may appear like the following:


The program may also begin to advertise multiple different types of programs that are affiliate to it or are made by the same people. And more to it, to use it, the ask you to pay $9.99 for the full version and there is no Free version of the program.

Not only this, but the software is likely made by the same people who are behind the Bilabordnet Browser Hijacker, which could also mean that it may also end up being installed as well. And these browser hijackers often aim to change your web browser’s settings in order to track your:

  • Online clicks.
  • Online searches.
  • Pages you’ve clicked on.

This is done with the main idea to show you ads that specifically target your interest. While this is used by many, the advertisements that may be shown by the Bilabordnet hijacker may lead you to scamming or even malicious websites, the outcome of which may be that you Mac may become compromised along with all the information you may have in it. So instead of securing your data by archiving it, Archive Manager may indirectly lead to exactly the opposite and these dangers makes it potentially unwanted on your Mac.

Remove Archive Manager from Your Mac

If you want to remove Archive Manager thoroughly, we would suggest that you follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been made with the main idea to help you either manually or automatically delete this PUP from your Mac. If the manual removal manual does not seem to provide any results, we would advise you to download an advanced anti-malware software, which will scan for all of the files related to Archive Managed plus all of the programs installed alongside it and will remove any unwanted apps from your Mac effectively.


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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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 Archive Manager PUP and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
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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 Archive Manager PUP:

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 Archive Manager PUP. 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 Archive Manager PUP. 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 Archive Manager PUP 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 Archive Manager PUP. 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

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

Step 2: Remove Archive Manager PUP – 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


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 Archive Manager PUP 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 Archive Manager PUP files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Archive Manager PUP, 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.

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Archive Manager PUP:


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