Get rid of Advanced Mac Cleaner (Removal Guide)

Advanced Mac Cleaner is an unacceptable computer tool or program that every user wishes get rid from the Mac OS X system. It is deemed as invasive type of software that may be installed on the computer without user’s approval. This kind of malware is spreading on thousand of computers worldwide through Internet connection. Software exploits and vulnerabilities in Internet browser programs are believed to be exploited by Advanced Mac Cleaner to gain access on target computer. Malicious links from social media sites and spam email messages also contributes to the delivery of Advanced Mac Cleaner onto victim’s computer.

When this potentially unwanted program is run on the system, it can perform various actions to take control or certain system functions. Furthermore, Advanced Mac Cleaner does not provide entries to instantly remove its code when user is not comfortable with it. In addition, this unknown security and optimization tool may block your Internet access to security web sites preventing you from downloading removal tools and proper guide to delete Advanced Mac Cleaner from the affected computer.

Once Advanced Mac Cleaner is running on the computer, it will begin to display fake warnings and pop-up alerts stating several infections detected on OS X operating system. Obviously, these alerts are just ploy to deceive computer users and force them to pay for the Advanced Mac Cleaner registration code.

Advanced Mac Cleaner

As you can see, Advanced Mac Cleaner program was made to steal money from you using various method of deception. Never pay for this worthless program and execute the removal steps to eliminate this threat from the computer right away.

Procedures to Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner

This section contains complete instructions to assist you in removing potentially unwanted program from Mac computer.

Procedures published on this page are written in method that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Step 1: Scan the Mac Computer with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of malicious browser hijacker like Advanced Mac Cleaner.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing Advanced Mac Cleaner.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner Dashboard

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 2 : Quit Advanced Mac Cleaner Process

Before proceeding with the steps below, please close the Advanced Mac Cleaner window if it is open.

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on the Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove files that belong to Advanced Mac Cleaner. Proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Advanced Mac Cleaner Login Items

Some malware also installs login items into compromised accounts under System Settings. This object automatically runs Advanced Mac Cleaner during user log in.

1. Go to your Dock and open System Settings.

2. Select and click General from the sidebar.

Screenshot of System Settings

3. Next, click on Login Items on the right panel to see if there are malicious items.

4. In the "Open at Login" area, review the items and select Advanced Mac Cleaner or any suspicious entry.

Screenshot of Malware Login Items

5. Click on the minus [-] button and confirm your actions.

As stated, the creation of Login Items or Profiles is done on a case-to-case basis. Some malware may add their entries to this section, but others are not concern with making one. So, if the Advanced Mac Cleaner Login item is not present, please continue with the succeeding steps.

Step 4 : Delete Advanced Mac Cleaner Application

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find Advanced Mac Cleaner or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag Advanced Mac Cleaner to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Next, go to the Dock, right-click on the Trash icon, and click on Empty Trash.

Step 5 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed Advanced Mac Cleaner

1. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar, please select Go > Go to Folder.

2. Input the following string and press Enter on the keyboard.


Screenshot of Go To Folder

3. You will now see a hidden folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.Advanced Mac Cleaner.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

4. The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may use the following file names:

- AMC, SearchAssist, Shoppy, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing Advanced Mac Cleaner to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files.

5. Please click on "Show items as..."

Screenshot of LaunhAgents Folder

6. To arrange the items in chronological order, click Date Modified.

7. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files, as you may also delete the same item in another folder as we go on.

8. Please restart the Mac computer.

9. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and paste the following string to easily locate the folder:

~/Library/Application Support

Screenshot of Go to Folder

10. Select any suspicious items that you have noted previously. Drag them to the Trash.

11. Repeat the process in the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/Application Support

12. Lastly, go to your Finder > Go and open the Applications folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- AMC, SearchAssist, Shoppy

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove the locked file that belongs to Advanced Mac Cleaner homepage hijacker.

Step 6 : Run another Scan using Malwarebytes for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes for Mac from the link below.

2. Locate the downloaded Malwarebytes-Mac.pkg and install it with the default settings.

3. Run Malwarebytes for Mac. It will check for updates and download the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including Advanced Mac Cleaner.

4. Once you are on the Malwarebytes dashboard, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Screenshot of Malwarebytes Dashboard

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes for Mac will display a list of identified threats, and Advanced Mac Cleaner is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click the Remove button to clean the computer.

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8 thoughts on “Get rid of Advanced Mac Cleaner (Removal Guide)”

  1. This isn’t on any of my browsers. It pops up every time I switch on my computer. I can’t do the usual thing, as I have to force quit before I can use the toolbar, and then it doesn’t show up, therefore, escaping the delete. Help!

  2. If you have done all the instructions above and you are still seeing its presence, maybe there are background applications that you need to remove manually.

    1. Open the Go menu in the Finder and choose “Go to folder…”
    2. Input this string on the field:
    ~/Library/Application Support
    3. You will see a bunch of files and folders.
    4. Look for the “amc” folder and drag it to the Trash bin (Delete).
    5. Again, look for the Advanced Mac Cleaner folder and drag it to the Trash.
    6. Reboot your Mac.
    7. Once the computer restarted, Empty your Trash bin.

  3. Nothing works to reveal where either the bogus Flash updates or Mac Cleaner is hiding. It’s there, however. It just opens as new pages in Safari out of the blue.

  4. Jean-Jacques Chattot

    I installed Malwarebytes anti-Malware and found 1 folder and 2 files in quarantine. What do I do next? If I delete the files from quarantine does it send them to the trash or just remove the names from quarantine? Do I need to drag the files to the trash?
    Thanks for your help.

  5. (Advanced Mac Cleaner) AMC or short. AMC infested your applications file. If you can figure out how to open your applications file, then just move AMC to trash. Other wise every time you turn on your computer AMC comes up and you have to click NO Thanks to get rid of it. I don’t want to click NO Thanks. I want to click get the hell off of my computer and never come back. But AMC doesn’t have a button for that.

  6. The applications file is inside OS X . Once you find OS X you can just click on it to find the applications file.

    I leave OS X on the ” desk top” so I can easily check the applications file for AMC.

    Then just click on OS X and open Applications. If AMC is there just dump it in the trash.

    It only takes a few seconds, once you are set up to do it. I did spend a long time getting rid of AMC

    the first time. I hope this helps. AMC is very annoying. Where they located any way? Russia?

  7. Warner, I can locate it in the OS X application file but I am unable to dump it in the trash. How did you do that?

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