How to Remove Mac Adware Cleaner (Update August 2019)

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 At this point, Google Chrome marks it with the following warning message: site with harmful programs google chrome message sensorstechforum mac removal guide

  • 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 completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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