MacShiny - How To Remove?

Type: PUP

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.

However, it is considered to be as rogue as Identity Protector or VSnapshotTool that we have discussed earlier this week. Legitimate security researchers have confirmed that MacShiny optimizer is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and we are are to believe that it is capable of functioning as a downloader for additional malware parasites.

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

MacShiny rogue

We decided to download and scan MacShiny.pkg which is an executable to start an installation process. Just as we predicted (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 70% of its traffic from redirection. You should be interested to find out that referrals are initiated by a number of websites that provide pornographic content. This marketing strategy should not be exploited by respectable developers as users should be gained from professional and sufficient services.

However, 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, Canada, Australia and Germany will be recommended to install MacShiny rogue on a regular basis.

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 the tool will do is show false positives and hope to convince you to purchase the full version. 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 infiltration of suspicious software. Please have a respectable anti-malware tool installed. Reimage 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 which 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 an 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 MacShiny removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure     

About the author

 - Virus researcher

I’m a virus researcher and my field of specialization involves but is not limited to the newly-developed ransomware variants. In my opinion, crypto-viruses are highly-underestimated and some Internet users have very few opportunities to learn about their symptoms before it is too late. Our goal here in is to make sure that crucial information about the most relevant malware samples would be available for everyone.

October 20, 2017 01:09, October 20, 2017 01:09

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