Remove Mac Auto Cleaner (Uninstall Guide)

Mac Auto Cleaner is promoted on its official website as number one cleanup utility for Mac. It asserts to create protective shield to secure the system from malware, adware, ransomware, Trojans, phishing codes, and other malicious elements. Mac Auto Cleaner claims to instantly detects and remove threats through its real-time scanning feature.

During our analysis, it turned out that Mac Auto Cleaner is linked to previous rogue programs such as Mac Auto Fixer, Mac Heal Pro, and many more. It appears that Mac Auto Cleaner is just a re-branded of previous variants. As you can see, image below shows that graphical user interface of this recent product is identical to its former versions. Scan method and even ways to persuade victims in buying the full copy of Mac Auto Cleaner is impossible to tell apart. It uses scan-and-detect scheme that aims to deceive users with the current troubled status of the computer.

Mac Auto Cleaner

Just as we always advise, immediately remove any rogue applications as it can cause further harm when left running on Mac system. On our guide below, we included manual method as well as automatic procedure, which require scanning the computer with effective anti-malware tools. Execute the guide in exact order to ensure complete removal of Mac Auto Cleaner and all malicious objects associated with it.

Procedures to Remove Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto Cleaner Process

Before proceeding with the steps below, please close the Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto Cleaner. Proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Mac Auto Cleaner Login Items

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

Step 4 : Delete Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto Cleaner or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto 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.

~/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.Mac Auto Cleaner.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 Mac Auto 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/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 Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto 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 Mac Auto 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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