TuneupMyMac - What Is It? How to Remove It?
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TuneupMyMac – What Is It? How to Remove It?

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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.

Threat Summary

NameTuneupMyMac
TypePotentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Short DescriptionTuneupMyMac 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 MethodVia 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 is

Advanced Identity Protector which claims to detect if your computer has been compromised and protect your identity information.

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.

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Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles!

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