How to Remove TuneupMyMac

TuneupMyMac is a computer program that targets Macintosh-based systems. This potentially unwanted program may arrive on the computer without the user’s knowledge. TuneupMyMac may come with adware and other software bundles that routinely spread over the internet to distribute malicious programs.

More about TuneupMyMac

On the main website of TuneupMyMac, it is marketed as a powerful tool with advanced features. It claims to help enhance Mac speed with ease and improve the user experience right after you load it onto the computer. As the website states, TuneupMyMac can clean your Mac in a single click, free up space on your hard drive, remove junk files, and delete sensitive data for your own safety.

TuneupMyMac seems to be a useful tool; however, due to its association with various adware and PUP’s, security experts find it disturbing to see this program running on the computer. In addition, TuneupMyMac runs a scan and produces tricky results. It aims to deceive computer users via these mockery scans that try to convince them into upgrading the program to a paid registered version.

Screenshot of TuneupMyMac

TuneupMyMac is deemed as rogue program

As you can observe, TuneupMyMac is a program that was made simply to be sold without any valid attestation to its effectiveness. Thus, we cannot declare that it is safe to install the program and let it be your default Mac OS enhancement tool.

If you share similar findings with us and want to remove TuneupMyMac from the computer, we have outlined easy-to-follow procedures on this page. Scan the computer with the suggested anti-malware tool to ensure that all items, including hidden ones, will be deleted.

Procedures to Remove TuneupMyMac

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 unwanted application like TuneupMyMac.

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 TuneupMyMac 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.

If you are comfortable enough to manually delete the unwanted application and any other potentially harmful objects associated to it, please move on to the next set of instructions.

Step 2 : Quit TuneupMyMac Process

Before proceeding with the steps below, please close the TuneupMyMac 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 TuneupMyMac. Proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete TuneupMyMac Login Items

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

Step 4 : Delete TuneupMyMac Application

1. Go to Finder.

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

3. Find TuneupMyMac or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag TuneupMyMac 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 TuneupMyMac

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.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

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.TuneupMyMac.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.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 TuneupMyMac 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/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/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.

- , (random characters)

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 TuneupMyMac homepage hijacker.

Step 6 : Run another Scan using Malwarebytes for Mac

Use Malwarebytes for Mac to do another scan to make sure the machine is already clear of viruses, malware, and adware. This efficient anti-malware application allows you to detect things that other security software was unable to recognize.

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 TuneupMyMac.

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 TuneupMyMac 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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2 thoughts on “How to Remove TuneupMyMac”

  1. Hey, mine is not installed as i cannot find it anywhere but my AVG antivirus keeps popping up with a message that it caught TuneMyMac as a threat and stopped it. But i never downloaded it. Nor can i find a file or app somewhere. I don’t understand if it is trying to get installed without my permission or if it has been installed somewhere but i cannot find it. please advise

  2. AVAST is the answer. After struggling for several days with these blocked infections, here’s what I found. DONT download new software to get rid of the old software. I already had anti-virus from AVAST, but I’d never done a complete scan of my computer.
    I started the complete scan … it took about two hours. But the infected file was now in my virus chest. I had been showing virus infections every time I started my computer, but now when I boot up, it comes up CLEAN. I found that the virus was download from CNET during an automatic software update for Java. I’ll never trust CNET again, its full of infected downloads.

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