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Mac Speedup Pro “Virus” – How to Remove It

This blog post aims to explain what exactly is Mac Speedup Pro . Below you will also find a thorough Mac Speedup Pro virus removal.

Update November 2019. A new hoax optimizer for Mac computers was recently detected by security professionals. The program, known as Mac Speedup pro aims to pretend that your Mac has hundreds of issues so that you pay for Its licensed version to optimize them, without offering any demonstration what so ever. Users have also reported that they ran the software on healthy Macs and despite that it also seemed to detect problems on the Macs in question. The bad news here is that instead of being useful, the program aims to get you to type in your credit card details in order to buy the full version. If your Mac has the Mac Speedup Pro PUP added to it, we would recommend that you read this article thoroughly.

Threat Summary

NameMac Speedup Pro
TypeHoax Optimizer for Mac OS
Short DescriptionClaims it can speed up your Mac’s performance by eliminating errors and junk files, but may also display hoax detections to get you to purchase it’s full versions.
SymptomsRuns automatically when you start your Mac and displays automatic scans. May often show you errors even if you have fixed your Mac.
Distribution MethodVia the website of Mac Speedup Pro or via Software Bundling.
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Mac Speedup Pro – Update November 2019

macOS users are still complaining about having the Mac Speedup Pro program installed without their consent. Users report having an icon for Mac Speedup Pro in their launchpads, as well as on the task bar. As a result of having the PUP installed on macOS, multiple intrusive pop-ups can appear on a daily basis. To remove the PUP associated with the scam pop-ups, scanning the system with an anti-malware program may be required.

Mac Speedup Pro – Update October 2019

Judging by the number of users’ complaints over security forums, the number of bogus system optimization utilities such as Mac Speedup Pro has been increasing steadily. Here are other programs similar to Mac Speedup Pro that users should be aware of:

Mac Speedup Pro – How Did I Get It? What Is Mac Speedup Pro?

The primary method by which the Mac Speedup Pro is replicated onto the victim computers has been reported to be conducted via multiple different types of methods. The main method of those is via a website, that may advertise the Mac Speedup Pro software as a useful speedup utility for Macs. The program’s main idea is to convince you that the program can be of great use to you and you can benefit in the long term. The website is often well designed and also aims to convince users that their Mac might be slow as well, all of which is done to get the average user to download and run a scan with the app.

Another mean often used for the distribution of Mac Speedup Pro is to replicate the program by adding it to the installers of other third-party applications. You may see Mac Speedup Pro to be installed somewhere in the Custom or Advanced setup mode of a program you may have recently added to your Mac, like your favorite file converter, media player or any other type of often used software downloaded from third-party sites. If encountered, the installation step presents Mac Speedup Pro as a useful speed up utility for Macs that can clean up junk files and free up space on your Mac to speed it up – an often met problem with some low-end Macs.

Mac Speedup Pro – More Information

The Mac Speedup Pro is the type of software which supposedly should enhance Mac computer performance by detecting any present system issues and providing you the chance to fix them. However, it is also categorized as a potentially unwanted program.

When installed Mac Speedup Pro begins to run automatically whenever you start up your Mac. In addition, the Mac Speedup Pro may also begin to start automatic system scans and detect multiple different types of system errors and may also detect viruses:

Furthermore, the program promises the following extras to users:

  • Detection and viewing of unused and junk files.
  • Managing apps with a built in app manager.
  • Managing startup boot time.
  • Removing duplicate and large type of files.
  • Day and night tech support.

The program, however, may mislead users by detecting errors on their Macs that some believe, may not be errors at all and this is usually done only to convince users to purchase the licensed version of this program. And in the course of that, they may contain suspicious privacy policy practices that may allow the creators of Mac Speedup Pro to obtain your credit card details and enroll you into a scheme that will drain money from your bill. So be very careful as to what software you add on your Mac and always do a check-up on a program before installing it.

How to Remove Mac Speedup Pro Virus from Affected Mac

If you are gunning for deleting this program and you find it challenging, since this unwanted app is persistent, you can remove Mac Speedup Pro by following the removal steps that are underneath this article. They have been created with the primary purpose to assist you in deleting this unwanted program either manually or automatically. This is done so that if the manual removal steps do not seem to have any effect and Mac Speedup Pro remains on your Mac, you can still remove it from the roots, using an advanced virus scanner for Mac. Such program aims to automatically scan for and detect all Mac applications that might be dangerous for you.

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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 Mac Speedup Pro 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 Speedup Pro:

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 Speedup Pro. 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 Speedup Pro. 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 Speedup Pro 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 Speedup Pro. 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: Remove Mac Speedup Pro – 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

stf-safari-extensions

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 Mac Speedup Pro 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 Mac Speedup Pro files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Mac Speedup Pro, 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.


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