This article will help you to remove MacShiny absolutely. Follow the removal instructions for the unwanted software given at the end of this article.
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in September 2018. But we gave it an update in August 2019.
MacShiny is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). 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 MacShiny 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 similar applications.
|Short Description||MacShiny is a PUP. The application shows various advertisements and scare messages, trying to trick you to install other 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 MacShiny |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MacShiny.|
MacShiny PUP – Distribution Ways
The MacShiny 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 MacShiny 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 MacShiny. 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 MacShiny, 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.
MacShiny PUP – Detailed Information
MacShiny is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The program puts various advertisements inside itself to point to other software which has similar modus operandi. MacShiny remains a questionable software as it is also known to show such advertising pop-up messages.
Below, in the screenshot, you can see the main website page from which you could have downloaded the MacShiny program from:
Afterward, MacShiny might show a reasonably convincing, but fake variant of the normal OS X dialog message box stating that no suitable app is installed.
The fake message box links to the official MacShiny website, which tries to install similar applications to MacShiny. 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 screenshot shows a representation of the 2018 version of MacShiny, which has a screen that claims to have detected issues on your Mac system:
MacShiny tries to trick many Mac users, using scare tactics, into installing more junk on their machines. If you have illogical behavior on your MacOS, experience slow-downs or have applications installed that you do not know the origin of, consider scanning your Mac with a legitimate security software and see if you can find the cause of all these issues. Also, the program is questionable as to why is uses the same logo as Skype but only with a diamond shape instead.
Remove MacShiny PUP
If you want to remove the MacShiny 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.