IS "Mac Optimizer" app is harmful?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by soho1212, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. soho1212 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I was going to download an application from http://download.cnet.com/but unwanted another app "mac optimizer"was downloaded. (with google chrome on my macbook pro El Capitan 10.11.3 ) I didn't notice that it's not the app I was going to download. I installed it. The installation process looked like windows software installation! It opened automatically after installation and started to give me alarms to fix my system errors and optimize the system. I searched for this app on the web but it is suspiciously unknown. I found the source website address inside the application. But it seems really unofficial. This is the address: http://www.optimizeyourmac.com/

    I just deleted it from the application folder but now I'm really worried about my system security. please let me know if possibly it could access my passwords or other information. and what should I do right now? and how can I get sure about my macbook security?

    Thank you
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    You may want to uninstall it. There's a special app at their site to do that - which is also no surprise.
    http://www.optimizeyourmac.com/help/
    And, looks like it would probably bug you about purchasing that app, too. $40 would be steep for me. Maybe you would be OK with that. :D

    It's hard to keep up when there are several apps available that do very similar tasks, and have almost the same name...
    http://macappware.com/software/mac-optimizer/
     
  3. soho1212 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can it be harmful for the system security? Is there any way to find out?
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    If you have some question about that software (and I would), and you really don't want it, then remove it. The web site link tells you how to completely remove it.
    To try to answer your question - it is probably not harmful. It could hurt your wallet - $40 is just too much for something like that.
    If it has also installed some malware, or adware, then you can download and run Malwarebytes to get rid of that adware. It's a good tool to have. It works. It's free. I run it once or twice a month. It doesn't find anything most of the time. But only takes a few seconds to scan your system.
    The cnet download site (and some others) will often load up your downloads with one form of adware or another. It's mostly just annoying stuff, but simple with Malwarebytes to remove the malware.
     

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