How to Remove Advanced Mac Tuneup PUP from Mac

George Herman
George Herman
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What is Advanced Mac Tuneup

Malware researches categorize Advanced Mac Tuneup as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). This parasite is promoted as a useful tool, but in reality it is not. It uses scare tactics to trick users into installing other unreliable software on their computer. The pest can also produce a large amount of ads and pop-ups that will cover the victim’s screen randomly. Advanced Mac Tuneup is not to be underestimated, as it is capable of jeopardizing the security of your OS and your private data.

How it is distributed

Malicious software such as Potentially Unwanted Programs are most commonly distributed via freeware installers and software bundles. They can also spread through email attachments, fake update messages, dubious ads and torrent files. Advanced Mac Tuneup in particular can also be downloaded from its official page.

Often, freeware packages don’t properly disclose which apps are being included. This can lead to the installation to dangerous software by the unsuspecting user. That’s why you must make sure not to skip the Terms and Conditions before thoroughly acquainting yourself with that exactly you’re agreeing to. Carelessness is often what leads to unwanted Mac infections. Be diligent and look for any additional software during the installation process. If you find any unfamiliar bonus content, make sure to opt out of it, since it most likely is malware in disguise.

How it operates

Advanced Mac Tuneup is known to promote other shady software that is as malicious as itself. This happens by displaying a random pop-up message stating that you have no suitable app installed on your device to perform a desired action – opening a file, reading a document, viewing an image, etc. The message is actually a convincing fake variant of the OS X dialog message from the same kind. Next, the user is being led to the official Advanced Mac Tuneup site, or a similar one. This is done to make the user install more unreliable and dangerous software on their Mac. Advanced Mac Tuneup may also try to make you believe that it has found issues on your Mac system. That’s a lie! Do not trust it! The program is also capable of displaying suspicious advertisements on the victims’ screen, aiming to trick them into clicking. This PUP generates money via the pay-per-click scheme. It may also pose a great risk for your personal data like passwords, bank account details, etc. So the sooner you remove the threat from your Mac, the better chance you have of securing your privacy.

Staying safe from Advanced Mac Tuneup PUP

Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:

  • Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;

  • Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;

  • Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;

  • It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;

  • No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;

  • Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;

  • Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.

How to manually remove Advanced Mac Tuneup PUP from Mac

If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Advanced Mac Tuneup PUP, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the +⌘+U key combination, or going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.

2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.

3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.

4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the +⌘+A key combination.

5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Advanced Mac Tuneup. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.

6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.

7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Advanced Mac Tuneup from your Mac browsers.

  • For Mozilla Firefox extensions:

    – Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons‘.

    – Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove‘.

  • For Google Chrome extensions:

    – Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).

    – Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.

  • For Safari extensions:

    – Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.

    – Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall‘. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.

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