How To Remove Advanced Mac Tuneup

Advanced Mac Tuneup is a suspicious program that may appear on Macintosh systems unexpectedly without the user’s involvement. Its existence can flood the screen with various warning and alert messages stating the magnitude of software errors and system troubles. By holding onto these scare tactics, Advanced Mac Tuneup aims to fool users and make them think that this program is an essential tool to fix the computer.

Bogus scan results by Advanced Mac Tuneup

Its scan result will produce an amount of false detection that can go to over thousands of items. It is more disturbing to see the same number of reports even on a clean or new system. Findings of Advanced Mac Tuneup state that system performance keeps on diminishing due to the presence of adware, junk files, duplicate objects, and useless items occupying a huge amount of hard disk space. As usual, after presenting these mock findings, it will suggest buying Advanced Mac Tuneup in order to fix the identified errors.

Advanced Mac Tuneup

Advanced Mac Tuneup is a rogue program

The official website promotes Advanced Mac Tuneup as a tool with a bunch of features like one-click care, a cache cleaner, empty logs, and so on. However, its complete operation involves a deceiving scheme that aims to swindle money from victims. Not to mention that it is utilizing malicious software bundles to spread copies all over the web. Hence, security experts declare Advanced Mac Tuneup a member of a rogue application group that should be deleted from the computer as soon as possible.

It is crucial to remove Advanced Mac Tuneup

To be able to restore safety on the internet browser program, Mac users should remove this rogue application as soon as possible. Letting it stay on the computer could cause additional malware infections, especially if it redirects the browser to sites with malicious file download offerings.

To get rid of Advanced Mac Tuneup, we are presenting a complete guide on this page. Be sure to execute the steps in exact order, and do not forget to scan the computer with the suggested tools.

Procedures to Remove Advanced Mac Tuneup

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 Tuneup.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

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

3. The installation window will open. Please double-click or drag the Combo Cleaner icon to the Applications folder.

Screenshot of Installer

4. Proceed with the installation. When it displays the Software License Agreement, please click Continue, and then click on Agree in the confirmation window. Continue with the default installation.

5. The program should run automatically after installation. If not, open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

6. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing Advanced Mac Tuneup and other issues on the Mac computer.

Screenshot of Dashboard

7. After the virus and disk scan processes, the tool will display the results. Click on Remove Selected to start cleaning the computer.

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 Tuneup Process

Before proceeding with the steps below, please close the Advanced Mac Tuneup 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 Tuneup. Proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Advanced Mac Tuneup Login Items

Some malware also installs login items into compromised accounts under System Settings. This object automatically runs Advanced Mac Tuneup 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 Tuneup 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 Tuneup Login item is not present, please continue with the succeeding steps.

Step 4 : Delete Advanced Mac Tuneup 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 Tuneup or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag Advanced Mac Tuneup 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 Tuneup

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 Tuneup.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:

- , (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 Tuneup 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.


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 Tuneup 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 Tuneup.

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 Tuneup 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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5 thoughts on “How To Remove Advanced Mac Tuneup”

  1. I’m trying to remove mac mechanic and I am currently on step 2 the only problem is that I can’t find advanced mac mechanic in the process name column. I have even tried searching it up. Do you think it might be on there with different name, why isn’t it showing up?

  2. I have the same problem as Yatziri’s. And I found that actually we have to open the Advanced Mac Tuneup instead of closing it as you said and then we are able to find it in under the name part.

  3. @Yatziri – If you aren’t seeing the process during Step 2, the Advanced Mac Tuneup program may not be actively running. Don’t worry about it. Perform all other steps. If you do see the Advanced Mac Tuneup software running in the future, repeat the steps on this page to ensure it has been removed.

  4. “Advanced Mac Tuneup” has morphed into a newer version. The file “amtuhlpr” is now “” (or something like that). The bottom line is that I tried to follow the script, including moving the app to Trash and emptying it. After a reboot, it was back again in full force.

    Please update the script above to accommodate the newer version of Tuneup.

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