What is Mac Ads Cleaner

After updating macOS to latest version (Catalina) users started receiving system errors related to file and process of Mac Ads Cleaner: hlpradc. In particular, the following message is shown:

"Hlpradc" 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.

hlpradc 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.

Mac Ads Cleaner is a fake system optimization tool designed to make hay out of naive and inexperienced users. At first glance, it is a totally useful tool meant to optimize your computer by scanning for different junk and threats like viruses to be obliterated from your PC. Unfortunately, the recent research turned out that it is fake and useless therefore categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). This means that it brings no genuine value to its costumers. Its fraudulent scheme looks like this: After running a system scan, users can witness hundreds of potential threats that must be removed. However, this is when the punchline begins. The free version of Mac Ads Cleaner is apparently not capable of doing this. Therefore, users are compelled to purchase the full version. Do not forget that this application has nothing to do with actual optimization and is merely a part of a scam. The entire list of errors is false meaning that your computer might be already optimized and completely virus-free. The only purpose it perfectly implements is generating revenues from gullible users by tricking them into purchasing an extended version of their software that results in a waste of money because it does not bring any fruits whatsoever. Check out the following guideline towards removing Mac Ads Cleaner from your computer below.

mac ads cleaner

How Mac Ads Cleaner infected your computer

If you found out that Mac Ads Cleaner has been lurking on your computer and not realizing how could it happen then watch this: Potentially Unwanted Applications like Mac Ads Cleaner can penetrate your computer with a number of other unwanted software downloaded from malicious websites. You could be searching for a cracked version of any legitimate program and accidentally download it with a bunch of junk hidden without users’ consent. When installing, there might be offered other programs at some point. But because users tend to skip the “Terms of Use” section and ongoing ones by rushing forward, more likely, they skip the section with offerings and inadvertently install them either. There is also a high probability that it could come with other intrusive advertisements (adware) via pop-ups, redirects from hijackers and fake flash installers to garner personal information. This program can actually make up a huge threat to your privacy on the internet and should be removed from your computer once and for all! Here is the guide on how to do this:

Download Mac Ads Cleaner Removal Tool for Mac

Download ComboCleaner

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

Remove Mac Ads Cleaner manually for free

Note: Mac Ads 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 “Mac Ads Cleaner” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

Note 2: Mac Ads 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 Mac Ads Cleaner in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

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

Remove Mac Ads Cleaner from Applications

Remove Mac Ads Cleaner from Mac:

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

Cannot uninstall Mac Ads Cleaner

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

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

Remove following files and folders of Mac Ads Cleaner


~/Library/Application Support/Mac Ads Cleaner
~/Library/Mac Ads Cleaner
~/Library/Logs/Mac Ads Cleaner.log
~/Library/Mac Ads Cleaner
~/Library/Preferences/com.techyutils.Mac-Ads-Cleaner.plist
~/Applications/Mac Ads Cleaner.app
~/Library/Application Support/adc/hlpradc
~/Library/Application Support/adc/com.techyutils.hlpradc.plist
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.techyutils.adctask.plist

Download AdGuard for Mac to block malicious pop-ups, that promote Mac Ads 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 Mac Ads Cleaner in browsers.

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

malwarebytes for mac Mac OSX is known to be one of the safest operating systems, and for a long time there was no need in antivirus products for Mac. But with the growing popularity of Mac computers and notebooks and evolving technology, viruses, trojans, adware, toolbars, hijackers and other malware paved the way for Mac users. We recommend you to use one of the best anti-malware for Mac available – Malwarebytes for Mac.

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