What Is TuneupMyMac?
Do you have TuneupMyMac on your Mac? Is your Mac lagging despite the program’s promise of improved performance? This article will explain you why.
Despite the very convincing website (https://www(.)tuneupmymac(.)com/) that presents the TuneupMyMac program as useful, anti-virus vendors have detected it as suspicious. In other words, it appears that TuneupMyMac is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that aims to trick Mac users into buying its full version. The company behind it is called Systweak Software, which has been known to develop unwanted software.
|Name||TuneupMyMac also known as PUP.MacOS.TuneupMyMac.D|
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), Rogue Program|
|Short Description||TuneupMyMac promises to clean your Mac in a single click but is detected as suspicious by AV vendors.|
|Symptoms||The program may keep on re-appearing on your Mac, and may be persistent to remove.|
|Distribution Method||Via its official site or via bundling with other Mac apps.|
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TuneupMyMac – What Is It?
TunyupMyMac promises to clean your Mac “in single click”, free up space on your hard drive, speed up your system by removing junk files, delete sensitive and confidential data securely, and optimize your hard drive. The final result of using such a program should be a more stable Mac.
Where is the problem with TuneupMyMac? The very first thing to consider is that several trustworthy anti-virus vendors from the VirusTotal engine detect the program as suspicious:
As you can see, TuneupMyMac, more specifically the tuneupmymac_.pkg file, has been detected as potentially unwanted (PUP) and malware. 14 out of the 58 VirusTotal engines detect it, and some are unable to process the file type.
As already mentioned, the Systweak company is tied to other applications which are considered PUPs. Another example of a suspicious program developed by the same company
In reality, it turns out that this app displays multiple errors and scans for your saved passwords to tell you that they are unsecured. During a test, the program showed all passwords, something that any software with admin access can see. To “fix” this identity problem, Advanced Identity Protector requires $50 to activate its licensed version.
Note that you may also see different advertisements in Systweak’s products to promote other software they have developed. Keep in mind that fake system optimizers are also known to generate scare messages trying to trick Mac users into installing other PUPs.
Another interesting thing about TuneupMyMac is its EULA. https://www.tuneupmymac.com/eula/ It states that the program gives you no performance warranty, saying that TMM (TuneupMyMac) will not necessarily increase performance or provide utility benefit, and that such improvements are “possible” and “potential”:
No Performance Warranty
TuneupMyMac specifically disclaims any representation or warranty for the amount of performance increase or utility provided by TMM. TMM will not necessarily increase performance or provide a utility benefit on your computer, and TuneupMyMac makes no claim of specific deficiency, defect, or underperformance with respect to your computer. Any claims of performance increases or utility made for TMM are those of possible or potential improvement or utility, and no representation or warranty is offered that a specific utility or amount of performance increase, if any, will be realized on any particular computer.
The explanation for this is that “each computer is different” (this is true) and “the scenarios under which they are used are different, and no claim is made that any one computer or usage scenario shall result in any performance increase or utility benefit from TMM” (also true). Then again, the very first thing you see when you land on the program’s homepage is the promise of fixing your Mac with a single click, among other improvements.
How to Remove TuneupMyMac
In order to fully remove TuneupMymac from your Mac, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. If the manual steps do not seem to work and you still see TuneupMyMac, we suggest you download and run a scan of your system with an anti-malware program. Downloading such software will not only save you some time, but will remove all files related to TuneupMyMac and will protect your macOS in the future.
Steps to Prepare Before Removal:
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.
What is TuneupMyMac on your Mac?
The TuneupMyMac threat is probably a potentially unwanted app. There is also a chance it could be related to Mac malware.
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 Macs Get Viruses?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get malware. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a threat:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What Are The Symptoms of TuneupMyMac On 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 TuneupMyMac?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One recommended 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. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to Secure My Data from TuneupMyMac?
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.
About the TuneupMyMac Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this TuneupMyMac 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 TuneupMyMac?
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 TuneupMyMac threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.