PUP.Mac Cleanup Pro

Short bio

PUP.Mac Cleanup Pro is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a PUP.PCVARK variant that is so widespread it deserved its own detection name.

Type and source of infection

PUP.Mac Cleanup Pro is a so-called “junk cleaning” app. These system optimizers try to convince users that their system has problems which their software can solve. But only if you buy the software.
PUP.Mac Cleanup Pro is usually installed by the users themselves under false pretences.

Website promoting Mac Cleanup Pro


Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Mac Cleanup Pro by using real-time protection.


Malwarebytes for Mac will detect and remove the components of this malware.

Download and install the latest version of Malwarebytes for Mac.

Click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan.

If threats are detected during the scan, a count of detected threats is displayed. More detailed threat information is displayed after the scan completes.

Click “Confirm” to move the detected threats to Quarantaine.

If a restart is required to complete remediation of threats detected during a scan, you will be notified. When a restart is required, please remember to save all work before clicking “Restart”.

Associated threats


The same family also exists for Windows systems: PUP.Optional.PCVARK

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