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 “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up |
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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.
- Guide 1: Get rid of “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Mac OS X.
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: 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. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Delete “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up will be removed.
Eliminate “Removing useless files is advised” Pop-Up from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.