This article will help you to remove Auto Mac Booster completely. Follow the removal instructions for the unwanted software given at the end of this article.
Auto Mac Booster is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and it is developed by a company called PCVARK. The company 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 Auto Mac Booster 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.
|Name||Auto Mac Booster|
|Short Description||Auto Mac Booster 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.|
|Symptoms||Pop-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 Method||Freeware Installers, Suspicious Sites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Auto Mac Booster |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Auto Mac Booster.|
Auto Mac Booster PUP – Distribution Methods
The Auto Mac Booster unwanted application is being effectively distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. You can get your Mac affected by it without even being aware, that the Auto Mac Booster 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 Auto Mac Booster. 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 PUPs. 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 Auto Mac Booster, 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.
Auto Mac Booster PUP – In-depth Information
Auto Mac Booster is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and it is developed by the company PCVARK. The website for it is http://automacbooster.com/. The company is known to have many applications which are considered PUPs and also puts various advertisements in their software to point to other software they have created. Auto Mac Booster remains a questionable software as it is also known to show such advertising pop-up messages.
Interestingly enough, the alert notifications and pop-up messages are not the only thing that the Auto Mac Booster 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 to it, the file will be opened by Auto Mac Booster.
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:
Afterward, Auto Mac Booster 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 Auto Mac Booster website, owned by PCVARK, which tries to install Mac Adware Remover or similar applications to Auto Mac Booster. 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:
The message states the following:
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
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 applications installed that you do not know where they cropped up from, consider scanning your Mac with a legitimate security software and see if you can eliminate the cause.
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.
Remove Auto Mac Booster PUP
If you want to remove the Auto Mac Booster unwanted software from your Mac machine 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 a better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.
- Guide 1: Get rid of Auto Mac Booster from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove Auto Mac Booster from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase Auto Mac Booster from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall Auto Mac Booster from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete Auto Mac Booster from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate Auto Mac Booster from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of Auto Mac Booster from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Auto Mac Booster and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Auto Mac Booster 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Auto Mac Booster files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Auto Mac Booster, 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.
Remove Auto Mac Booster 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.
Erase Auto Mac Booster 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.
Uninstall Auto Mac Booster 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.
Delete Auto Mac Booster 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Auto Mac Booster will be removed.
Eliminate Auto Mac Booster 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.