MacShiny - How to remove

MacShiny rogue Mac system optimizer (by Cyan Soft Ltd.) is promoted in its official website and is indicated as the easiest tool to keep Apple computers protected and well-tuned. From this perspective, it is similar to such applications like PC Optimizer Pro. The recently-detected program supposedly includes the following features: trash cleaner, system status provider, security scanner, duplicate finder, advanced uninstaller, extensions manager, data eraser, fast issue fixer, performance booster and a few other traits to increase efficiency.

MacShiny rogue

However, it is considered to be as rogue as Safe Cleaner and Cleanup My Mac that we have discussed previously. Legitimate security researchers have confirmed that MacShiny optimizer is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and some seem to suggest that it is capable of functioning as a downloader for additional malware parasites.

While MacShiny is not a very serious infection, it does use deception to make your Mac seem infected, uses words like “dirty” and “dangerous” without any basis, labels tiny little junk files (that your Mac would delete on its own after a few days anyway) as problems. This app’s scan results are not worth worrying about.

MacShiny is a potentially unwanted program that can be removed without worry:

Type of threat
  • PUP (potentially unwanted program)
  • Scareware
Problems with MacShiny
  • Misleading scan results which make the state of the Mac seem worse than it is
  • Redundant functions
  • Too-frequent scans slow down your Mac
  • Misleading ads
  • Freeware bundling
  • Downloaded by another adware/malware app
  • Uninstall MacShiny and other suspicious applications manually
  • Remove malware using an antivirus program (Combo Cleaner)

MacShiny rogue Mac system optimizer should not be purchased because it is a PUP

We decided to download and scan MacShiny.pkg which is an executable to start the app’s installation process. Just as we predicted, after an (antivirus scan of MacShiny), respectable security tools determined this application as BV:Downloader-OA [Drp], OSX/Deceptor.MacShiny.A, Trojan.Linux.Downloader, not-a-virus:HEUR:Downloader.OSX.MacShiny.a. From the word “downloader” we can speculate that this suspicious XAR archive will be capable of secretly installing additional unwanted tools or applications that are considered as more malicious.

The official website of MacShiny rogue optimizer receives over 30% of its traffic from redirection and over 50% from ads. You should be interested to find out that referrals are initiated by sites that are infected or partnered with overly aggressive ad-networks. To users, these redirects happen without their consent and are outside their control. And a lot of the MacShiny ads appear on adult sites which are also notorious for misleading and aggressive advertisements, such as fake virus alerts. This marketing strategy should not be exploited by respectable developers as users should be earned by providing professional and sufficient services, but MacShiny just isn’t good enough.

Some users will be automatically transferred to the official website of this service rather frequently. In some countries, the tool is being offered more often than in others. For instance, people from United States, United Kingdom, Australia will be recommended to install MacShiny rogue more than other countries.

Even though MacShiny advanced cleaner might seem like a solid purchase, you should not waste money on this utility. For a 24-month license you will have to pay 4.95 euros/m. However, this means that you will be associated with this tool for two whole years: you should not take advantage of this limited time offer. Unreliable developers might exploit your banking account information and bill it without authorization (Free trial offers can bring unwanted credit card charges).

During the first 30 days of your license, it is proclaimed that people are allowed to get their money back. However, there might be some secretive conditions for this guaranteed condition. In addition to this, if you purchase the Deluxe plan for 24 months, in total, you will be charged 118.80 euros even though you might not find the tool efficient after a couple of months of usage.

MacShiny PUP

We do not even offer users to try out the demo version of MacShiny infection even though it is free of charge (Antivirus software scams: free trials). All that the tool will do is show false positives and hope to convince you to purchase the full version. The free trial will allow users to fix 100 detected issues but the rogue tool will make sure that this is going to seem like a drop in the ocean. We hope you won’t consider getting this tool as it will only cause you security issues and potentially download more malicious software.

How to avoid potentially unwanted programs?

We keep reminding our visitors about the main ways to protect operating systems from the infiltration of suspicious software. Please have a respectable anti-malware tool installed and keep it updated. Combo Cleaner will do a sufficient job in finding PUPs and other potentially dangerous viruses.

For installation processes of freeware, we hope you will decide to install software via advanced/custom modes which will certainly be more beneficial than quickly running through the installer in basic mode. It is also recommended that people would read EULA documents and Privacy Policies so they would not be scammed in getting involved with a tool that will automatically charge credit cards or show deceptive ads.

Manual instructions to get rid of MacShiny potentially unwanted program:

  1. Select “Go” and “Go to Folder” on the Finder toolbar.
  2. In the “Go to Folder” section, write /Library/LaunchAgents.
  3. In the folder that gets launched, please check whether there are any suspicious files that could be triggering adware to be active. It could be that entries, related with “Genieo” or “RarGenie” will be noticed.
  4. If you find any suspicious files, you should move them to trash.
  5. Write /Library/Application Support in the “Go to Folder”.
  6. Once again, check the folder for any alarming files or folders.
  7. Check ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder for any dangerous entries. Do this by entering the folder name in “Go to Folder”.
  8. Finally, repeat the same routine with the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder.

In case this does not work, we strongly-emphasize to try the automatic removal option which we have mentioned above. Run a scan to see the location in which this adware is hiding.

Automatic Malware removal tools

Download Spyhunter for Malware detection

Note: Spyhunter trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. limited trial available, Terms of use, Privacy Policy, Uninstall Instructions,

Download Combo Cleaner for Malware detection

Note: Combo Cleaner trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. limited trial available, Terms of use, Privacy Policy, Uninstall Instructions, Refund Policy ,

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6 responses to “MacShiny

  1. I am writing to cancel my subscription to MacShiny. I no longer need this service. I would requesting that you send me whatever refund is available to me. Thank you.

  2. Hey,
    I’m only Grade 6 and I accidentally uploaded this program.
    I tried all the methods above, but I can’t find any suspicious files, and it’s constantly bugging me.
    I might need some more methods, and I just can’t get rid of it

  3. Hello, you can download automatic removal tools – it might detect and remove the virus for you

  4. I had really good luck removing ‘MacShiny’ files and ‘CyanSoft’ files using a utility called “Find Any File”. It is much more thorough than spotlight.

  5. I just download “VirusBarrier Scanner” from the app store, and that was the only way I could get rid of it. By clicking on the magnifying glass next to the malware found, I was able to finally find it. I had to “get info” on the files to change the permission then I could delete them. NEVER TRUST APPS NOT DOWNLOADED FROM THE APP STORE. Lesson learned….

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