How to uninstall Mac Cleanup Pro

Mac Cleanup Pro is a type of application known as a potentially unwanted program or PUP. These programs find their way onto your Mac without your consent and then try to persuade you to use them and pay for the full, unlocked version of the app.

Is Mac Cleanup Pro a virus?

No. It doesn’t self-replicate, so it’s technically not a virus. It’s a potentially unwanted program and so you should treat it as malware.

How did Mac Cleanup Pro get onto my Mac?

Like most PUPs, Mac Cleanup Pro was probably installed when you downloaded another piece of software from a download site. Many of these sites use their own proprietary download manager that bundle other apps with the software you chose to download. The result is that you install apps that you don’t need or want and that very often displays adware. These apps also present a malware risk.

How can I avoid downloading a PUP?

The simplest way is to avoid download sites, especially those that use their own download manager. There’s only one reason these download managers exist, and that's to install unwanted software on your Mac without your knowledge. If you do download an app from a site that uses a download manager, always choose the custom download option and uncheck everything except the app you intended to download.

How to remove Mac Cleanup Pro manually

  1. Navigate to your Applications folder in the Finder.
  2. Locate the app named Mac Cleanup Pro.
  3. Drag it to the Trash.
  4. Click on the Go menu in the Finder and choose Go to Folder.
  5. In the box, type: /users/shared
  6. In the Shared folder, drag all the files and folders with ‘Slimi’ in their name to the Trash.
  7. Check the menu bar for a Mac Cleanup Pro icon. If you see one, right-click on it and choose Close.
  8. Go the Apple menu in the Finder and choose System Preferences.
  9. Click on Users & Groups.
  10. For each user, click the padlock and type in your admin password, then click on Login Items.
  11. Select Mac Cleanup Pro if it’s there and press the ‘-‘ button.
  12. Empty the Trash.
  13. Restart your Mac.

Mac Cleanup Pro should now be completely removed from your Mac. 

If manual Mac Cleanup Pro removal that seems like a lot of work, there is an easier way. CleanMyMac X – not to be confused with the PUP Mac Cleanup Pro – has an antimalware utility that can remove PUPs and other malware with a couple of clicks. Here’s how to use it.

How to remove Mac Cleanup Pro with CleanMyMac

Removing malware files
  1. Download and launch CleanMyMac X — get a free version here.
  2. Select the Malware Removal utility in the sidebar.
  3. Press Scan.
  4. If your Mac is clear of malware, you will see a message telling you that.
  5. If there are any PUPs, adware, or other types of malware, CleanMyMac X will identify them and allow you to remove them at the touch of a button.

CleanMyMac is notarized by Apple and is ok to use on Macs.

It’s a good idea to run the Malware removal utility regularly, to make sure your Mac is free of malware. Alternatively, you could install an anti-malware tool that will scan your Mac automatically and warn you when it finds anything it thinks you should remove. 

Need to free up space on your Mac?

Perhaps you were tempted by Mac Cleanup Pro's offer to free up gigabytes of space on your Mac and thought about paying for the full version. But think twice before doing that. Mac Cleanup Pro snuck onto your Mac without your knowledge and then displayed adware without your consent. Is that really the kind of behavior you want to reward? Do you want to hand over personal and financial data to a company that would behave like that?

There are several other legitimate tools that will help you clean up your Mac, freeing up tens of gigabytes of space and making it run more smoothly.

Of course, we would recommend CleanMyMac X, as we think it’s the best there is. As well as removing junk files, login items, and malware, it has a tool that displays an infographic showing you exactly what is occupying space on your Mac. And you can drill down folder by folder to identify the space hogs. But even if you don’t choose CleanMyMac X, do your research and choose a utility that behaves responsibly and doesn’t try to trick you. There are several available.

CleanMyMac X - System junk scan complete

This is my Mac with 5.81 GB of useless cache that this app has found. 

Mac Cleanup Pro is a potentially unwanted program that is usually downloaded by stealth when you install software from a site that uses its own download manager. It then displays adware and nags you to upgrade. Fortunately, it’s easy to remove it using the steps above, and even easier if you use CleanMyMac X’s malware utility. Using that method has the added bonus of scanning your Mac for other malware and removing that too, if necessary. 

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