iMac Cleaner Removal [Explained]

iMac Cleaner is a questionable system optimization program

iMac Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), advertised a system optimization tool for Mac computers. It’s one of those programs that claims to be very useful but doesn’t actually do anything. They’re not malicious, hence why they’re classified as PUPs, but they’re not useful either. These kinds of programs often use scare tactics to encourage users to buy the full programs. They claim to detect hundreds of issues on computers but to use their full functionality and remove the issues, users first need to purchase the program. iMac Cleaner is exactly like that. And buying it would be a waste of money because it doesn’t do anything. Instead, you should delete iMac Cleaner.

iMac Cleaner

It’s possible you didn’t even install iMac Cleaner knowingly. It may have been disguised as a fake update for some program, or it came attached to free software you installed as an extra offer. We will explain this further in the following section of this report, but infections like adware, browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) often come attached to free software as extra offers. If users fail to deselect them, they install alongside the program.

iMac Cleaner installation methods

PUPs like iMac Cleaner are usually installed by users accidentally, without them even noticing. They’re either disguised as updates or are added to free software as extra offers. iMac Cleaner does have an official website where you can download it from, but it’s unlikely that you would stumble upon this particular one when looking for a cleaning tool for your Mac computer.

The program could have been disguised as some kind of update and promoted on high-risk websites. You can often encounter these fake updates on adult and free streaming sites, online betting pages, etc. The update notifications are ads but are made to seem like they’re a system alert notifying you about an important update. But instead of an update, you end up installing a program like iMac Cleaner. Know that legitimate updates are never pushed this way. Most programs update automatically, and if you did need to install an update manually, you’d need to download it from the official website, not an ad.

We should also mentioned that programs like iMac Cleaner come attached to free software as extra offers. Those offers are preselected to install alongside the program, and purposely hidden from users. Unless you opt for Advanced (Custom) settings during installation, you will not notice them. In Advanced, however, not only will you be able to review what has been added, but you’ll also be able to deselect everything. Only once you have deselected all added offers should you continue installing the program.

Should you remove iMac Cleaner

When iMac Cleaner installs, it will claim to have scanned your computer for potential issues that could be negatively affecting your Mac’s performance. The issues will include old/large/unused files, browsing history/cache, too many programs launching on startup, etc. We don’t doubt that the program may try to scare you by showing scan results with hundreds, even thousands of issues. However, if you try to use the program to fix them, you’d be asked to first buy the program. It currently costs $40. We obviously do not recommend buying the program because even if it did have the features it claims to have, everything it does you’d be able to do manually yourself. Furthermore, Mac computers rarely actually benefit from system optimizers.

The official website isn’t particularly convincing either. One of the first features it talks about is the software updater. Supposedly, iMac Cleaner will update all your software so that software vulnerabilities will not be misused by malicious parties. However, the description of this function is copied word for word from CCleaner’s official site. The creators even forgot to replace CCleaner’s name with iMac Cleaner. It would not be surprising if other feature descriptions were also copied from other legitimate tools.

iMac Cleaner removal

The easiest way to uninstall iMac Cleaner would be to use anti-spyware software. The program would find and remove iMac Cleaner and all of its related files, and you would not need to do anything. You should also be able to delete iMac Cleaner manually, though it may take longer to find and trash all related files.

Automatic iMac Cleaner removal

Using anti-spyware or other security software is the easiest way to remove iMac Cleaner from both Mac and Windows systems. Anti-spyware programs can remove all types of infections so they should not have problems with iMac Cleaner. To remove iMac Cleaner, you need to download the program and initiate a scan. But if you continue reading, you will also find instructions explaining manual iMac Cleaner removal.

How to manually uninstall iMac Cleaner from Windows

Windows XP

  1. Access Control Panel by clicking Start (the windows logo bottom-left corner of the screen) and then Settings.
    iMac Cleaner
  2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Delete iMac Cleaner.
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  4. Check all your installed programs, and delete anything else questionable.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start (the windows logo) or press the windows key – Control Panel.
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  2. Choose Programs and Features and then Uninstall a program.
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  3. Locate iMac Cleaner and delete it.
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  4. It’s also suggested to go through all other applications for any other suspicious applications, and if there is anything, remove it/them.

Windows 8/10

  1. You’ll need to access Programs and Features by right-clicking on Start and selecting Programs and Features.
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  2. Uninstall iMac Cleaner.
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  3. If there are any other suspicious programs, remove them as well.

Manual iMac Cleaner removal from Mac OS

Removing iMac Cleaner from a Mac is not difficult. But we will also explain to you how to remove any remaining files after iMac Cleaner removal.

  1. Finder – Applications.
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  2. Drag iMac Cleaner into the trash.
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  3. Do the same with any additional program that causes suspicion.
  4. If you click Go on the menu bar, you’ll see Go to Folder, click that.
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  5. Type /Library/LaunchAgents, and drag any dubious and recently-added files to the trash.
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  6. Open Go to Folder again, and put in /Library/Application Support. trash any dubious and recently-added files.
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  7. Open Go to Folder again, and put in ~/Library/LaunchAgents. Drag any suspicious and recently-added files to the trash.
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  8. Go back to Go to Folder, and type /Library/LaunchDaemons. trash any suspicious and recently-added files.
  9. Finally, empty the trash which you may do by right-clicking on the trash icon and clicking Empty Trash.
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iMac Cleaner removal from your Internet browser

Delete iMac Cleaner from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Access the menu (the gear icon top-right corner), and press Manage Add-ons.
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  3. Remove iMac Cleaner and any other unknown extension by clicking on them and clicking Remove.
  4. Access Internet Options through browser menu (the gear icon).
  5. You’ll be able to modify your homepage to your preferred website in the General tab.
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  6. Open Manage Add-ons by clicking on the browser menu (the gear icon) and pressing Manage Add-ons.
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  7. Go to the Search Providers tab (from the menu on the left), delete the one set by iMac Cleaner and choose one of your choice.

In case iMac Cleaner is still there, you will have to restore your browser’s settings to default.

  1. For users using devices operating Windows XP, press start and press on Run and put in inetcpl.cpl, access the Advanced tab and click Reset.
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  2. If your computer is running Windows Vista/7, click the windows logo, type in inetcpl.cpl in the search box and press Enter. Proceed to the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. If you are using Windows 8/10, open Internet Explorer, gear icon – Internet Options – Advanced tab – Reset. Confirm the reset by clicking Reset again.
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How to delete iMac Cleaner from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Menu (the three dots) – More tools – Extensions.
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  3. Find and remove iMac Cleaner, as well as any other extension you do not recognise.
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  4. Access the menu again and press on Settings.
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  5. In the On startup section, delete the site iMac Cleaner set as your homepage and pick your preferred one.
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  6. Open the Search engine section from the menu on the left, click Manage search engines, remove the search engine set by iMac Cleaner and set your preferred one.
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If that did not solve your issues, it will be necessary to reset your browser’s settings to default.

  1. Open Google Chrome, menu (the three dots) – Settings.
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  2. Go down, click Advanced and go down until you see Reset.
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  3. Press Reset and then confirm your choice by pressing Reset again.
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Remove iMac Cleaner from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Open Add-ons through the menu (the three bars top-right corner).
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  3. Access Extensions, locate and remove iMac Cleaner, and any other extension you don’t recognise.
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  4. Access menu again, and click Preferences.
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  5. In the Home tab, set your preferred homepage instead of the one set by iMac Cleaner.
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  6. Open the Search tab from the menu tab on the left, delete the search engine set by iMac Cleaner and set your preferred one.

If iMac Cleaner is still causing problems, it might be necessary to reset your browser settings.

  1. Menu (the three bars) – Help – Troubleshoot information.
    iMac Cleaner
  2. Click Refresh Firefox.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox again.
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iMac Cleaner deletion from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on Safari from the menu bar, and click on Preferences.
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  3. Navigate to the Extensions tab, locate and delete iMac Cleaner, and any other extension you cannot identify.
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  4. You’ll need to modify your homepage in the General tab.
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  5. Proceed to the Search tab, modify your search engine.

If iMac Cleaner is still causing issues, restoring your browser settings might be necessary.

  1. Launch Safari, press on Safari (on the menu bar at the top), and click on Clear History.
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  2. Press Safari (from the top menu) again – Preferences – Advanced tab.
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  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar box.
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  4. Press Develop (on the menu bar) and then on Empty Caches.

iMac Cleaner deletion from Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Access Extensions through the menu (the three dots at the top-right corner).
    iMac Cleaner
  3. Locate and remove iMac Cleaner, as well as any other unfamiliar extension.
  4. Access menu (the three dots), click Settings.
  5. You will have to change your homepage in On Startup.
    iMac Cleaner
  6. Open the Privacy and services tab, modify your search engine from the one iMac Cleaner set for you to something of your preference.
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If iMac Cleaner is still causing issues, restoring your browser settings will be necessary.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, access menu (the three dots), select Settings, press on the Reset settings tab.
  2. Select Restore settings to their default values. Reset.
    iMac Cleaner

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