Remove Advanced Password Manager

Advanced Password Manager claims to protect your online passwords and keep them safe and secure. Hence, we noticed that it belongs to a group of Potentially Unwanted Program. Aside from that, the program is also linked to a variety of adware that was used to deploy a copy of Advanced Password Manager and have it installed on the computer without user’s full knowledge.

Freeware like games, media players, download manager, and utilities are just some carriers of Advanced Password Manager. Therefore, it is vital to stay away from such freeware. Instead, download and install software that are reputable and those that are being serve on trusted websites.

In the event that dubious free software was downloaded and executed, the process will not only load the main program. Advanced Password Manager and other unwanted applications may also take place on the computer without a notice. The progression is discrete and it can even evade detection from some security software.

Once Advanced Password Manager is installed, it immediately runs a scan on the computer. It will send catchy messages and warnings to get users attention. Things like insecure passwords, credit card account, profiles, and social security numbers are just some factors that will be raise by Advanced Password Manager in order to convince user into purchasing the full version of the program.

Image of Advanced Password Manager

It is a common scheme by rogue software to scan and detect false issues. It will only allow user to fix the problems after purchasing the registration key and program has activated. Thus, every attempt of user to repair the computer using this program will redirect them to window prompting to create free account which is actually a paid service.

Advanced Password Manager Account

Instead of being a victim to this rogue application, we recommend that you remove Advanced Password Manager from the computer as soon as you can. Below are simple guide and tools to help you eliminate this threat.

Procedures to Remove Advanced Password Manager

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 Password Manager.

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 Password Manager.

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 Password Manager Process

Before proceeding with the steps below, please close the Advanced Password Manager 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 Password Manager. Proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Advanced Password Manager Login Items

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

Step 4 : Delete Advanced Password Manager 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 Password Manager or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag Advanced Password Manager 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 Password Manager

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.Advanced Password Manager.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 Advanced Password Manager 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.

-

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 Password Manager 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 Password Manager.

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 Password Manager 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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6 thoughts on “Remove Advanced Password Manager”

  1. Guide is now updated. We have included the procedures to remove Advanced Password Manager from Mac system.

  2. PLEASE REMOVE THE AD TO GET ADVANCED PASSWORD PROTECTION FROM MY PC. I DO NOT WANT THIS AND NEVER WILL. THE POP UP AD IS IRRITATING.

    THANK YOU
    dONNA

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