If you are seeing a pop-up message stating “Removing useless files is advised”, it means that a browser-based tech-support scam is trying to trick you into installing a specific potentially unwanted program.
You should be careful as you are dealing with online scammers promoting a rogue program, such as a system optimizer utility, which will only damage your system.
The “Removing useless files is advised” pop-up attempts to convince you that you have viruses on your computer and is most likely promoting a rogue tool to fix the supposed issues.
If you are among the victims of this scam, we advise you to read thoroughly this article and get yourself informed about the additional issues the scam may be causing.
|Name||“Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up|
|Type||Technical Support Scam, Rogue Program|
|Short Description||A message that suddenly interrupts your browsing to alert you about a virus that endangers the security of your device.|
|Symptoms||A dialog box may appear in the browser. It may restrict your access to other web pages, also claiming that you need to remove supposed issues detected on your system.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, Infected web pages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up.|
“Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up Scam – How Did It Affect Me?
Usually, suspicious domains such as Apple.com-mac-optimizing.live are spreading scam messages and alerts about viruses, such as “Removing useless files is advised”. In other words, the pop-up message could be triggered by a potentially malicious website you have recently visited. Keep in mind that even legitimate websites can be compromised to contain malicious code that causes redirects to more suspicious websites.
In many cases, such fake alerts are promoting rogue programs but they can also be caused by such software. In other words, another distribution channel that may be spreading the “Removing useless files is advised” is the well-known bundling method, where legitimate software can include third-party utilities, usually classified as PUPs. Why is this done? The answer is short – for monetization purposes.
The PUP that may be causing “Removing useless files is advised” pop-up alerts is most likely ad-supported, also known as adware. Adware, which can be anything from a browser add-on or extension to a PUP, compromises commonly used web browsers by tweaking their settings and displaying plenty of advertisements, redirects and push notifications.
In the case of “Removing useless files is advised” pop-up alert, a specific program may be promoted as a solution to removing supposedly detected viruses, such as MacKeeper, Cleanup My Mac, and Qbit Mac Optimizer.
These programs are promoted as system optimizers, supposedly designed to detect and eliminate system issues. However, since these apps often land on Mac devices without users’ initial knowledge, they tend to be classified as potentially unwanted applications. Furthermore, these programs are considered to be rogue system optimizers, as they detect non-existent issues in an attempt to trick you into purchasing their full versions. This scamming method has been around for many years and is also known as “scareware”.
To sum it up, “Removing useless files is advised” is a nagging scam message that presents false information in an attempt to obtain sensitive information from you, such as your payment card details. The pop-up may appear during browsing sessions in the form of a dialog box. Once on the screen, the message could prevent you from accessing opened web pages and loading new ones.
Remove “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Ups
In order to remove “Removing useless files is advised” scam message and all files that may be causing it to appear in your browser, you should complete the steps described in the guide underneath. The guide presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined should help you to fully remove this scam.
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 “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up, 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.