Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner “Virus” (OS X)

Why people consider Advanced Mac Cleaner “Virus”? How to remove the Advanced Mac cleaner “Virus”? You’ll find the answers to all of these question in this article.

Advanced Mac Cleaner IS NOT a Virus!

Many people consider Advanced Mac Cleaner a virus, since they cannot remember installing it themselves and it keeps pestering them with offers and pop-ups. This does not make Advanced Mac Cleaner a virus, as the program has not been known to actually cause any problems to the computer. Nevertheless quite a few people want to have it removed and sending it to the trash is usually not enough. This is also the reason why we’ve created this article.

There’s a term among the IT community for such software – PUP. The abbreviation stands for Potentially Unwanted Program. In the case of Advanced Mac Cleaner this means that some people like and use the program, others would rather have it removed. Obviously, this is a program that is distributed among Mac computers and Windows users should not have any problem with it. Formally, the Advanced Mac Cleaner (AMC for short) is supposed to help you boost your computer’s performance by fixing and repairing any system errors that may slow down your machine. Mac optimization software is often regarded to be of dubious value, as Mac OS X tends to be a lot less problematic than its Windows counterpart. There are multiple other programs that offer functionality similar to the Advanced Mac Cleaner, but little clear indication if any of these products are worth purchasing. In the specific case of Advanced Mac Cleaner there are a couple of issues that have caused the program to receive poor reviews and online feedback

  • The first aspect is how it gets installed on people’s computers. Advanced Mac Cleaner uses aggressive marketing, which might involve warnings and threateningly-sounding prompts, even if everything may be OK. This kind of distribution strategy is nothing knew in this market and is employed by other companies, which offer similar products. Whether Advanced Mac Cleaner is better then the competition is a debatable topic. The fact remains, however, that the marketing tricks employed often aggravate the common user.
  • The second aspect is the program’s habit of installing alongside other software. This is also the reason people complain of having Advanced Mac Cleaner on their Macs without installing it themselves. Often all it takes is a moment of carelessness to automatically agree with the installation of AMC. We understand the need to reach as many potential clients as possible, but people that do not want Advanced Mac Cleaner should not have to go through the trouble of finding how to remove it!

Another aspect of Advanced Mac Cleaner we found annoying was the hassle you need to go through in order to uninstall the program. Most Mac programs can be sent to the trash and therefore easily uninstalled. You won’t be able to do the same with Advanced Mac Cleaner. The official method will require you to go to the Advanced Mac Cleaner help page and download a special uninstaller needed to remove the program. Also you’ll be asked to input the password of your administrator account in order to finish the operation.

In case you don’t want to use the official method or if it didn’t work for you for some reason here is an alternative solution instead.

How to remove Advanced Mac Cleaner

  1.  Firstly, you will need to turn off the program and disable its process from the Activity Monitor.
  2.  Secondly, you will have to remove the program from your login items. That way it will no longer start when you turn on your Mac or simply login.
  3.  The previous two steps will stop the program from operating but we still advise you to outright remove it, even if it is no longer active in any way. This is probably the most annoying and time consuming part. Removing the app from your Applications folder and dragging AMC to Trash most likely won’t be enough (though you should still do that). You will probably also need to access several other folders and delete some of their contents. Here’s a list of those folders and their files and sub-folders that you’ll need to move to delete.

~/Library Folder – Advanced Mac Cleaner; hlpramc

~/Library/Logs – Advanced Mac Cleaner.log; helperamc.log

~/Library/Application Support – Advanced Mac Cleaner; amc

~/Library/Caches – com.pcv.hlpramc; com.PCvark.Advanced-Mac-Cleaner

~/Library/Saved Application State – com.PCvark.Advanced-Mac-Cleaner.savedState

~/Library/Preferences – com.pcv.hlpramc.plist; com.PCvark.Advanced-Mac-Cleaner.plist

~/Library/LaunchAgents – com.pcv.hlpramc.plist; com.PCvark.Advanced-Mac-Cleaner.plist

After you finish deleting, make sure that you empty Trash. This should be enough to remove Advanced Mac Cleaner from your PC.


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  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi fiddler,
    you should remove Advannce Mac Cleaner. It comes with bundles. The OS of Mac is very effective so you don’t need third party programs.

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