What Is Mac Auto Fixer?
Mac Auto Fixer is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that is distributed via malvertising: rogue ads redirect users to fake pages stating that some software is out of date or that their Mac is infected with viruses. If users install something from these pages, they end up with Mac Auto Fixer or other PUAs, adware, browser hijackers, etc. Mac Auto Fixer pops up on Log in, scans the system and then prompts users to buy the activation key to remove found threats, junk and privacy issues. To add to its annoying behavior, Mac Auto Fixer doesn’t offer a way to close itself, so users have to force quit the app to get rid of it for a time. You may follow this step-by-step guide to fully remove Mac Auto Fixer from your MacBook.
How to Remove Mac Auto Fixer:
- Remove Mac Auto Fixer Automatically
- Start Mac in Safe Mode
- Delete Mac Auto Fixer App
- Delete Files Associated with Mac Auto Fixer
- Remove Mac Auto Fixer From Apps that Open on Log In
- How to Protect Your PC From Mac Auto Fixer and Other PUAs
Remove Mac Auto Fixer Automatically
To assist you in removing Mac Auto Fixer from your Mac OS you may use CleanMyMac3. A utility for cleaning junk from Macbooks, CleanMyMac has an Uninstaller module that can uninstall applications and delete all related files – something that regular removal (by moving an app’s icon to Trash) doesn’t do.
You can also run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware; it is a great anti-malware program that may be able to remove Mac Auto Fixer from your Macbook.
Start Mac in Safe Mode
- Start or restart your Mac.
- Immediately press and hold Shift button.
- Release Shift button after login screen appears.
- Log in.
Delete Mac Auto Fixer App
Go to Applications folder and delete Mac Auto Fixer and other new and suspicious apps.
- On the top menu select Go => Applications.
- Drag an unwanted application to the Trash bin.
- Right-click on the Trash and select Empty Trash.
Delete Files Associated with Mac Auto Fixer
Using Finder, find and delet the following files and folders.
- ~/Library/Application Support/Mac Auto Fixer
- ~/Library/Application Support/maf
Remove Mac Auto Fixer From Apps that Open on Log In
- Open System Preferences => Users & Groups.
- Select Current User.
- Click on Login Items.
- Find and delete Mac Auto Fixer.
How to Protect Your Mac From Mac Auto Fixer and Other PUAs:
- Get a powerful anti-malware software, capable of detecting and eliminating PUPs. Having several on-demand scanners would be a good idea too.
- Keep your OS, browsers and security software up to date. Malware creators find new browser and OS vulnerabilities to exploit all the time. Software writers, in turn, release patches and updates to get rid of the known vulnerabilities and lesser the chance of malware penetration. Antivirus program’s signature databases get updated every day and even more often to include new virus signatures.
- Download and use uBlock Origin, Adblock, Adblock Plus or one of the similar trustworthy extensions for blocking third-party advertisements on web-sites.
- Don’t download software from unverified web-sites. You can easily download a trojan (malware that pretends to be a useful application); or some unwanted programs could get installed along with the app.
- When installing freeware or shareware, be sensible and don’t rush through the process. Choose Custom or Advanced installation mode, look for checkboxes that ask for your permission to install third-party apps and uncheck them, read End User License Agreement to make sure nothing else is going to get installed. You can make exceptions for the apps you know and trust, of course. If declining from installing unwanted programs is not possible, we advise you to cancel the installation completely.