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Remove MacSweeper from Your Mac (Illustrated Guide)

MacSweeper is one of the oldest rogue applications for Macs. Developed by KiVVi Software, the MacSweeper program has been plaguing users for years.

MacSweeper is promoted as a useful application designed to detect various issues, including virus and malware-related, offering a solution for their removal. However, since this app often lands on Mac devices without the knowledge of the user, it is widely regarded as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

MacSweeper is also known to display fake virus alerts about adware, spyware and malware, when the “virus” is the program itself. In this article, we will present you with a solution to remove all malicious files associated with MacSweeper.

Threat Summary

NameMacSweeper
TypePUP/Rogue Application
Short DescriptionRogue application that pushes scare messages and virus alerts in the attempt to trick you to visit bogus websites and install additional deceptive apps.
SymptomsGets installed on your Mac without your knowledge. Reports non-existent issues related to the performance of your device. Demands a purchase for full version capacity.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Suspicious Sites
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MacSweeper – Detailed Description

MacSweeper is classified as an unwanted program that could be distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. The app could have been downloaded from the official website of KiVVi software, as well as in a drive-by download. If the program was installed without your knowledge, it may have been bundled with another application.

Unwanted applications such as MacSweeper are usually spread via software bundling. This distribution technique aims to trick you into installing unwanted programs together with regular software. To avoid such unwanted downloads from happening, take the time to read carefully all details mentioned in the setups of apps.

Even though the program has been advertised as a useful and legitimate application that could detect various issues which may be slowing down your machine, it is classified as a rogue application. Once installed on your Mac, the program will start detecting tons of non-existent issues just in an attempt to mislead you to purchase its full version which will supposedly fix detected issues. Unwanted apps could also generate lots of annoying advertisements that promote other PUPs in their interface.

NOTE. Applications similar to MacSweeper are MacKeeper, Cleanup My Mac, and Qbit Mac Optimizer.

Remove MacSweeper

In order to remove MacSweeper, you should complete several removal steps, which are outlined in the guide below the article. You can choose between manual and automatic removal processes. In order to fully get rid of all present undesired programs and improve the security of your Mac, we recommend that you combine the steps.

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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 MacSweeper 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 MacSweeper:

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 MacSweeper. 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 MacSweeper. 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 MacSweeper 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 MacSweeper. 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 MacSweeper – 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 MacSweeper 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 MacSweeper files from your Mac

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


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for MacSweeper:


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