Advanced Network Care is a low-reputation, potentially unwanted Mac app. Based on the features that Advanced Network Care offers, using it to solve network issues is unlikely to be productive. Besides, it may bundle a subscription for a Mac cleaner with it. It’s best to remove Advanced Network Care and use Apple support instead.
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- Problems with Advanced Network Care
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About Advanced Network Care:
|Type of threat||PUP – potentially unwanted program.|
|Problems with Advanced Network Care||Redundant features,
opaque and unhelpful scan results and warnings,
bundling of MacBooster.
|Safer alternatives||Guides on Support.apple.com,
official Apple tech support.
|Removing Advanced Network Care||Uninstall suspicious applications,
check if you have any software subscriptions, especially for MacBooster,
use anti-malware apps (such as Combo Cleaner) to secure your Mac.
Problems with Advanced Network Care
Potentially harmful app
Advanced Network Care is detected by anti-malware apps, usually thanks to its relation to MacBooster. MacBooster is a risky, potentially unwanted app, and so is Advanced Network Care. Currently, 15 scanners detect Advanced Network Care on VirusTotal but that number could change with time.
The main issue is that Advanced Network Care is yet another Mac optimizer and these are suspicious by default. Advanced Network Care offers to help you optimizer internet speed and speed up online apps.
More specifically, Advanced Network Care offers to diagnose network problems and improve (or “Optimize”, whatever that means) internet speed by:
- Changing network card priority – which of your multiple internet connections (Wi-fi, Ethernet, Mobile, etc.) is used, provided that they are all connected to the internet. This is something that your operating system manages. I guess Advanced Network Care thinks that it can do better than macOS.
- Improving the maximum transmission unit detection – MTU is the biggest unit of data that can be sent (What is MTU). Not sure why Advanced Network Care thinks that you need to manage this.
- Diagnosing DNS problems – DNS (domain name system) is for translating website names to IPs, usually by using a server like Google Public DNS.
- Flushing Ethernet Cards cache – Advanced Network Care is probably referring to deleting DNS data that was saved for quick access (How to flush your DNS cache).
- Detecting the devices running connected to your Wi-Fi.
- Optimizing online apps – Advanced Network Care mentions something called “Host acceleration” but I have no idea what that is in relation to internet access.
It seems like Advanced Network Care collected a bunch of little network-related things that it can display for you. It shows some warnings that are up for you to parse. You may as well just use the tools that Apple made available for free, such as those that can be found in System Preferences -> Network -> Advanced.
How to remove Advanced Network Care
Advanced Network Care is promoted online by affiliates, made available for download on freeware sites, and can also be downloaded on Macbooster.net. Trying to buy Advanced Network Care on that site puts MacBooster in the shopping cart, too, so it’s totally possible that some people buy it accidentally with Advanced Network Care.
Moreover, MacBooster is a subscription-based app and Advanced Network Care’s terms and conditions document mentioned automatic renewal of subscription, meaning that it might be up to the user to take the initiative and stop the subscription. It’s all a bit deceptive and unfair.
Alternatives to Advanced Network Care
With such unethical behavior and Advanced Network Care being so useless, it’s better to just get rid of it. MacOS provides enough tools for a layperson to manage their network settings. And usually, network issues are rare enough that having a dedicated program for solving them is just unnecessary. Instead, look for answers on Support.apple.com, ask other macOS users, or contact Apple tech support.
You can use anti-malware apps like Combo Cleaner to detect potentially unwanted and low-reputation apps, as well as to remove them. Macbooster.net doesn’t appear to have instructions to uninstall its apps but you can always just go into Finder -> Applications, find Advanced Network Care there, grab it and drag it to Trash.
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