Stay on top of the Mac Heal Pro virus issue affecting Mac computers, learn its adverse characteristics and get a viable method to get rid of this annoying app.
Mac scareware authors continue to diversify their portfolio. Their latest contrivance called Mac Heal Pro is the new black on this expanding arena. It wrongfully poses as a system utility with advanced Mac analysis, security, and stability features on board. At first sight, these claims may even appear credible as the user console seems competently designed and the built-in functions look competitive. However, the original impression is delusive. The app reports numerous issues that aren’t there and exhibits persistence mechanisms inherent to garden-variety malware. On top of that, it slithers its way into a Mac on the sly so that the user is clueless about the trespass until the nag screens, counterfeit scans and popup dialogs start inundating the plagued machine and the situation slips out of the victim’s control.
The Mac Heal Pro virus is not revolutionary by any means, though. Just like its counterparts from the same malware lineage, such as Mac Cleanup Pro and Mac Auto Fixer, it rides along the well-trodden road of phony system cleanup while introducing hardly any novelty. The culprit estimates the severity level for each of the allegedly monitored Mac areas as poor, no matter how healthy the system actually is. Even when running on a brand-new computer with nothing third-party installed and no browsing history at all, the pseudo optimizer will undoubtedly spot thousands of privacy risks, a couple of potentially unwanted add-ons, numerous junk files, failed downloads, and malicious LaunchAgents. Going further down the attack chain, it is likely to cause memory congestion on purpose and thereby make it look like the system’s condition is rapidly deteriorating. The recurrent popup alerts appearing in between the rogue scans can additionally crank up the user’s frustration. All of these hallmarks are clear giveaways that should give the victim a heads-up and encourage them to eradicate the misbehaving parasite as soon as possible.
What’s the motivation of whoever is in charge of the Mac Heal Pro virus campaign? It boils down to easy financial gain. When generating bogus scan results and popup reminders, the aggressive program emphasizes that the only way to fix the issues is to purchase the license. The registration is a matter of paying at least $14.95, which is a monthly fee and at the same time a complete waste of money. The pseudo service imposed by Mac Heal Pro isn’t worth a penny spent, so we strongly advise against following the demands of its unscrupulous makers.
This perpetrating utility is propagating in an old school way. The scheme known as bundling has propped multiple similar campaigns, and this one is no exception. The virus infects Macs in the course of installations where the main app is something entirely different. The catch is that the default setup option doesn’t provide any details of what else is under the same umbrella. Consequently, those who don’t select the custom setup mode and fail to read the fine print run the risk of being infected while thinking they are installing some benign free application, such as a media player, Flash Player update or similar.
Removing Mac Heal Pro isn’t as easy as getting into the Applications folder and sending the pest to the Trash. It takes more scrupulous troubleshooting that additionally involves finding and deleting the infection’s core components deep down the system. The walkthrough below covers the removal done right.
Mac Heal Pro virus manual removal for Mac
The steps listed below will walk you through the removal of this potentially unwanted application. Be sure to follow the instructions in the order specified.
- Open up the Utilities folder as shown below
- Locate the Activity Monitor icon on the screen and double-click on it
- Under Activity Monitor, find the entry for Mac Heal Pro, select it and click Quit Process
- A dialog should pop up, asking if you are sure you would like to quit the Mac Heal Pro executable. Select the Force Quit option
- Expand the Go menu in Apple Finder and select Go to Folder
- Type or paste the following string in the folder search dialog: /Library/LaunchAgents
- Once the LaunchAgents directory opens up, find the following entries in it and move them to Trash:
- Use the Go to Folder lookup feature again to navigate to the folder named ~/Library/LaunchAgents. When this path opens, look for the same entries (see above) and send them to the Trash
- Similarly, go to the ~Library/Application Support folder. Locate and move the following entries to Trash:
- Click the Go button again, but this time select Applications on the list. Find the entry for Mac Heal Pro on the interface, right-click on it and select Move to Trash. If user password is required, go ahead and enter it
- Now go to Apple Menu and pick the System Preferences option
- Select Accounts and click the Login Items button. The system will come up with the list of the items that launch when the box is started up. Locate Mac Heal Pro there and click on the “-“ button
Use automatic tool to uninstall Mac Heal Pro virus from your Mac
The Mac maintenance and security app called Combo Cleaner is a one-stop tool to detect and remove Mac Heal Pro virus. This technique has substantial benefits over manual cleanup, because the utility gets hourly virus definition updates and can accurately spot even the newest Mac infections.
Furthermore, the automatic solution will find the core files of the malware deep down the system structure, which might otherwise be a challenge to locate. Here’s a walkthrough to sort out the Mac Heal Pro issue using Combo Cleaner:
- Download Combo Cleaner installer. When done, double-click the combocleaner.dmg file and follow the prompts to install the tool onto your Mac.
- Open the app from your Launchpad and let it run an update of the malware signature database to make sure it can identify the latest threats.
- Click the Start Combo Scan button to check your Mac for malicious activity as well as performance issues.
- Examine the scan results. If the report says “No Threats”, then you are on the right track with the manual cleaning and can safely proceed to tidy up the web browser that may continue to act up due to the after-effects of the malware attack (see instructions above).
- In case Combo Cleaner has detected malicious code, click the Remove Selected Items button and have the utility remove Mac Heal Pro threat along with any other viruses, PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), or junk files that don’t belong on your Mac.
- Once you have made doubly sure that the malicious app is uninstalled, the browser-level troubleshooting might still be on your to-do list. If your preferred browser is affected, resort to the previous section of this tutorial to revert to hassle-free web surfing.