What is Advanced Mac Cleaner

After updating macOS to latest version (Catalina) users started receiving system errors related to files and processes of Advanced Mac Cleaner: helperamc and amcuninstall. In particular, the following messages are shown:

"amcuninstall" will damage your computer. You should move it to the Bin. This file was downloaded on an unknown date. Report malware to apple to protect other users.

or

"helperamc" will damage your computer. You should move it to the Bin. This file was downloaded on an unknown date. Report malware to apple to protect other users.

helperamc or amcuninstall error message

Here is the screenshot of such a pop-up message. To stop this and remove the reason for such errors, please, use instructions on this page.

Advanced Mac Cleaner is a rogue Mac optimization program, that provides false scan results in order to make users purchase the program. It shows users alerts and pop-ups messages saying, that their Mac has severe issues and/or viruses. Advanced Mac Cleaner has quality design and looks like many other programs of this type. Although application, obviously, uses misleading tactics to promote itself and forces users to buy it, most antiviruses cannot detect Advanced Mac Cleaner. As most of the applications for Mac, you can remove Advanced Mac Cleaner by dragging its icon from Applications folder to Trash, however, in this case, you will leave residual data and the possibility of further infections. Follow instructions below to uninstall Advanced Mac Cleaner completely.

Advanced Mac Cleaner

How Advanced Mac Cleaner infected your Mac

Advanced Mac Cleaner can infiltrate Mac along with free applications, ads and pop-ups in browsers. Setup wizards of such applications prompt you to install additional software to enhance Mac performance or browsing experience, and if you accept or skip offer, install unwanted programs or browser adware in Safari on Mac OSX. Use special removal tool to remove Advanced Mac Cleaner and protect your Mac machine in the future.

Download Advanced Mac Cleaner Removal Tool for Mac

Download Combo Cleaner

To remove Advanced Mac Cleaner completely, we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner. It can help you remove files, folders and registry keys of Advanced Mac Cleaner and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Combo Cleaner offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download CleanMyMacX

To remove Advanced Mac Cleaner completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMacX. It can help you remove files, folders and registry keys of Advanced Mac Cleaner and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from Safari browser.

Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner manually for free

Note: Advanced Mac Cleaner sets up to start on Mac OS startup. Therefore, before starting the removal, perform these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences, choose Users & Groups.
  2. Choose your account (set up as Current User).
  3. Click Login Items tab.
  4. Find “Advanced Mac Cleaner” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

remove advanced mac cleaner from login items

Note 2: Advanced Mac Cleaner won’t quit just by closing it, therefor use Force Quit to end the process.

  1. Press 3 buttons at the same time: Option, Command, and Esc (Escape). This is similar to Control-Alt-Delete on a Windows PC.
  2. Choose Advanced Mac Cleaner in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

advanced mac cleaner force quit

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Advanced Mac Cleaner removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Advanced Mac Cleaner installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner from Applications

Remove Advanced Mac Cleaner from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Advanced Mac Cleaner might have an Uninstaller. If you see Uninstall Advanced Mac Cleaner or Advanced Mac Cleaner Uninstaller, double-click it and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Otherwise, drag Advanced Mac Cleaner from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Cannot uninstall Advanced Mac Cleaner

If you can’t uninstall Advanced Mac Cleaner using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Advanced Mac Cleaner. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Advanced Mac Cleaner from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Advanced Mac Cleaner.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove following files and folders of Advanced Mac Cleaner

~/Library/Application Support/Advanced Mac Cleaner
~/Library/Application Support/amc
~/Library/Logs/Advanced Mac Cleaner.log
~/Library/helperamc.log
~/Library/Preferences/com.PCvark.Advanced-Mac-Cleaner.plist
~/Preferences/com.pcv.hlpramc.plist
~/Library/hlpramc
~/Library/Application Support/amc/helperamc
~/Library/Application Support/amc/amcuninstall
~/Library/Application Support/amc/com.pcv.amcuninstall.plist
~/Library/Application Support/amc/com.pcv.hlpramcn.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.pcv.hlpramcn.plist

Download AdGuard for Mac to block malicious pop-ups, that promote Advanced Mac Cleaner

AdGuard is the best ad-blocker, internet filtering and internet security application for macOS. It can cut out unwanted banners from site pages, block pop-ups, stop redirects and prevent users from visiting potentially dangerous resources. Use it to stop ads promoting Advanced Mac Cleaner in browsers.

adguard for mac

Download AdGuard for Mac

How to protect Mac OSX from adware, like Advanced Mac Cleaner

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