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Mac Adware Cleaner Virus – Remove It (Illustrated Guide)

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Update August 2019. This article presents an overview of the impacts that Mac Adware Cleaner could cause to your Mac. In it, you will also find removal steps for its complete removal from your affected Mac.

Mac Adware Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program classified as adware. Once started on your Mac it implements certain changes of system and browser settings in order to obtain the right to generate annoying ads of various kinds. Since it is installed on your system it could be also able to harvest sensitive data from affected browsers and transfer it to connected servers.

Threat Summary

NameMac Adware Cleaner
TypeRogue Application; Adware
Short DescriptionA potentially undesired program with rogue functionalities. It claims to be able to cleam Mac systems from adware while acting as a one.
SymptomsThis rogue program could load on each system start. Its real purpose is to generate annoying pop-ups and other kind of advertisements.
Distribution MethodSoftware bundling; Corrupted freeware installers
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Mac Adware Cleaner -How Did I Get It

Software bundling seems to be the primary spread technique that affects users with Mac Adware Cleaner rogue program. With the help of this technique, its owners are able to bundle their deceptive program to various free third-party apps and release them across the web.

In order to trick you into running the configuration code of their app on your Mac, they skip sharing any details about its presence. In addition, they hope that you will choose the basic installation steps as they will contribute to its unnoticed installation. So one way to prevent the installation of undesired apps like Mac Adware Cleaner is the Advanced/Custom configuration step presented in app installers. Usually, there you could find information about the existing extra as well as option to opt out its installation.

Another distribution channel is its official website that is hosted on the domain macadwarecleaner.com. At this point, Google Chrome marks it with the following warning message:

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  • The site ahead contains harmful programs

It is marked as a dangerous website that could let attackers trick you into installing programs that harm your browsing experience. Here is what the full notification window states:

We believe that this unwanted and potentially harmful program could affect almost all of your installed web browsers. Among affected could be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Safari.

Mac Adware Cleaner – More Information

Soon after the files of Mac Adware Cleaner are loaded on your Mac you could start noticing constant pop-ups associated with its activities. Some of them could offer you to buy its full and licensed version with a discount. Other may be designed to push another undesired and potentially harmful program.

Traits of ads generated by this rogue application could be the presence of some of the following phrases:

  • Ads by Mac Adware Cleaner
  • Promoted by Mac Adware Cleaner
  • Ads generated by Mac Adware Cleaner
  • Promotions by Mac Adware Cleaner

As we could see from the interface of Mac Adware Cleaner it claims to be an optimizer that cleans your browsers and Mac system from adware programs.

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The paradox is that users’ reports indicate that this rogue program is designed to act like a typical adware itself:

I have a pop-up window whenever I’m in Google Chrome that says, “Recommended download, install mac adware cleaner”

In fact, it is a fake utility that only tries to scam you to purchase its “powerful” full version and eventually share your financial credentials. Its presence on your Mac hides real risks for the security of your personal data and devise as well. If you want to prevent it from harvesting sensitive details and damaging your Mac, you need to locate all files installed by the program and remove them.

How to Remove Mac Adware Cleaner

In order to remove the rogue system optimizer Mac Adware Cleaner and stop all annoying pop-up ads associated with it, you should complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full from your Mac.

In case 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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Get rid of Mac Adware Cleaner from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 malware from your Mac

You can use the tool we recommended above in order to remove Mac Adware Cleaner:



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Remove Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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 Mac Adware 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.


Mac Adware Cleaner FAQ

What is Mac Adware Cleaner?

Mac Adware Cleaner is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that Mac Adware Cleaner may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is Mac Adware Cleaner a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The Mac Adware Cleaner object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because Mac Adware Cleaner can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get Mac Adware Cleaner?

Mac Adware Cleaner could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, Mac Adware Cleaner adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed Mac Adware Cleaner, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove Mac Adware Cleaner from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of Mac Adware Cleaner from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were Mac Adware Cleaner could be residing.

It will also make sure that Mac Adware Cleaner is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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