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What Is “Your system has run out of application memory”

This article has been created with the main idea to help you to remove the “Your system has run out of application memory” adware from your Mac.

Many low memory warnings have continued to spread on Macs caused by new adware programs affecting users. This has started to create more and more problems for unsuspecting users. This adware aims to call itself by different names, but is mainly known as the “Low memory” or “Your Mac Is Damaged” virus. The main purpose of this adware is to show different types of ads that claim your Mac has various issues.

More Details about “Your system has run out of application memory” Mac Virus

Adware has several methods of distribution across devices.

One of the methods of spread largely used by shady app developers is known as bundling. This is basically when the “Your system has run out of application memory” or whatever adware is causing it is included in the installer of another program that may be promoted as a free extra or optional offer to your current installation process. The main idea here is that you tend to miss such programs because they are often advertised in one of the install steps as a “free extra” or an “optional offer”. The main purpose behind this is to add it without your consent, as “Your system has run out of application memory” may be hidden in the Advanced or Personalized install steps.

"Your system has run out of application memory" Summary

Name "Your system has run out of application memory"
Type Suspicious pop-up for macOS
Short Description “Your system has run out of application memory” pop-up may deceive users into downloading unwanted software or adware
Symptoms “Your system has run out of application memory” pop-up starts appearing intrusively.
Distribution Method Via PUAs if its fake.
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The Various Types of Low Memory on Mac Scams

There are a lot of “low memory” type of problems on Macs and these can be a real problem for your machine. Note that if you Mac is unstable, it creates an unsafe environment to work on and you may lose your files because macOS may freeze or restart due to RAM or CPU errors. But this is not the case with this as it is likely a scam page that may aim to get you to download dubious and rubbish Mac software to fix your Mac slowing down. Read this article to learn how to exactly remove “Your system has run out of application memory” from your Mac.

“Your system has run out of application memory”

“Your system has run out of application memory” is also known as the Mac Low on Memory Warning message that keeps bothering users that have a MacOS. It might as well be just another attempt to trick unsuspecting victims to download and install software that may be unwanted and may just display errors on your Mac that may not exist just to get you to purchase its license, which is usually pretty expensive.

Furthermore, victims often complain on Apple forums that the message appearing on their computer claimed that their Macs drives are full, whereas in reality only one smaller portion of their drives was actually taken and a big part of them empty. Such redirects are most likely are a sham and they aim to get you to download fake or rogue Mac optimizer software, for example Mac Speedup Pro. These apps only aim to trick you that your Mac is running low on memory and there are tons of errors as they always seem to detect errors and other types of unwanted activities that may not even exist.

“Your system has run out of application memory” may be presented on your Mac as a result of various different types of threats that may be added to it and may cause it to appear and many other ads and redirects just like it:

  • Trojans.
  • Keyloggers.
  • Adware.
  • Browser Hijackers.
  • Miners for BitCoin that use your CPU and GPU.
  • Fake optimizers or hoax antivirus programs.

Programs, like “Your system has run out of application memory” may be spread via multiple different ways. The app that may be causing such redirects may reside on your Mac as a seemingly free software that appears to be helpful and useful. In reality, however, it may aim to perform different types of unwanted activities on your Mac that may result in cookies tracking what you do online and a lot of different ads that might appear. Such ads can be:

  • Banners.
  • Pop-ups.
  • Web browser Redirects.

Not only these ads may lead you to pages, like this “low memory” one, but they could also lead you to unsafe web sites or even virus sites that may infect your Mac with malware. This is why it is strongly recommended that you remove the “Your system has run out of application memory” and what is causing such redirects on your Mac.

How to Get Rid Of “Your system has run out of application memory” Mac

If you intend to get rid of the “Your system has run out of application memory” manually, we recommend you to follow the manual elimination steps below. If you still see lots of advertisements and your Mac is running slow, we would advise you to instantly eliminate the “Your system has run out of application memory” application from your Mac with the help of anti-malware.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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About the "Your system has run out of application memory" Research

The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this "Your system has run out of application memory" how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.

How did we conduct the research on "Your system has run out of application memory"?

Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).

Furthermore, the research behind the "Your system has run out of application memory" threat is backed with VirusTotal.

To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.


1. macOS More Susceptible to Adware and PUPs than Windows
2. XLoader Malware-as-a-Service Now Available for macOS for Only $49
3. XCSSET Mac Malware Targets Apple’s M1-Based Macs and macOS 11
4. macOS Backdoor Malware Linked to OceanLotus Hackers
5. The State of Apple’s Privacy So Far in 2021

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 "Your system has run out of application memory" and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
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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 "Your system has run out of application memory":

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 "Your system has run out of application memory". 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 "Your system has run out of application memory". 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 "Your system has run out of application memory" 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 "Your system has run out of application memory". 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

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.

Step 2: Remove "Your system has run out of application memory" – 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


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 "Your system has run out of application memory" 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 "Your system has run out of application memory" files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as "Your system has run out of application memory", 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 "Your system has run out of application memory":


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Step 4: How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?

Mac machines maintain probably the fastest operating system out there. Still, Macs do become slow and sluggish sometimes. The video guide below examines all of the possible problems that may lead to your Mac being slower than usual as well as all of the steps that can help you to speed up your Mac.

"Your system has run out of application memory" FAQ

What is "Your system has run out of application memory" on your Mac?

The "Your system has run out of application memory" threat is probably a potentially unwanted app. There is also a chance it could be related to Mac malware. If so, such apps tend to slow your Mac down siginficantly and display advertisements. They could also use cookies and other trackers to obtain browsing information from the installed web browsers on your Mac.

The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.

Can my Mac get a virus?

Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:

  • iMac
  • Mac Mini
  • Macbook Air
  • Macbook Pro
  • iPhone
  • iPad

What are the symptoms of "Your system has run out of application memory" on your Mac?

There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:

Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.

Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.

Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.

Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.

Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.

If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.

What types of Mac threats are there?

According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:

  • Rogue Antivirus programs.
  • Adware and hijackers.
  • Trojan horses and other spyware.
  • Ransomware and screen-lockers.
  • Cryptocurrency miner malware.

What to do if I have a Mac virus, like "Your system has run out of application memory"?

Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.

How to secure my passwords and other data from "Your system has run out of application memory"?

With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:

Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.

Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.

Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.

Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.

Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.

Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.

Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.

Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.

Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.

If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.

More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.

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