Total Mac Fixer

Total Mac Fixer is a useless Mac optimization tool that keeps notifying about hundreds of issues

Total Mac Fixer app

Total Mac Fixer app

Total Mac Fixer, developed by N9NE B.V, is a doubtful tool for Mac system optimization. Although its official website, the interface, description, and other provided information creates an image of a rather reliable application, cybersecurity researchers drew their attention to this application after finding some of its clones. For instance, the Mac Auto Fixer and Quick Mac Fixer. The three are absolutely identical, i.e. the interface, presentation, download site, and performance. 

Although this application does not show malicious traits, we recommend Total Mac Fixer removal because it displays inaccurate scan results. Every time the tool is set to check the machine, it launches identical scan results that say “Attention! 127 issues found.” The issues are divided into categories of cache, logs, trash, extra languages, and rogue apps. Although the tool claims that fixing those issues ensures faster, smoother, and secure Mac experience, in practice the machine does not show any improvement. The same applies to the paid Total Mac Fixer version. 

Name Total Mac Fixer
Type  Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) / rogue system tool
Developer N9NE B.V
Related app Quick Mac Fixer
 Distribution People can download it from the official website (free trial for 2days and paid version for 14.49 Euro monthly fee). However, it can also be spread bundled with Mac apps 
Symptoms  The application gets installed on the startup and regularly asks for permission to scan the system. Scan log informs hundred of system problems and offer to fix them. However, a fully-functional app is paid, so the user has to make the payment first of all
Removal This Mac app is non-malicious, so it can be eliminated like any other system tool. However, it can also be eliminated using a professional anti-malware tool
Optimizing the system Instead of doubtful PC Optimization tools, use a trustful utility like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Total Mac Fixer virus is a term that many cybersecurity blogs[1] tend to use in reference to this Mac optimizer. It’s questionable if such a reference is precise, but it’s obvious that this application is not worth trust. Its official website is full of claims boosting the tool and trying to prove its usefulness:

Total Mac Fixer brings together the most powerful cleaning & optimization modules to set out your system’s best performance.

Enjoy all the additional hard drive storage by deleting junk or cached data, browser history, duplicate files, and also prevent your data from being exposed online.

However, the Total Mac Fixer looks like scareware as it is set to display questionable scan results that report multiple Mac errors, for example, 46 cache issues, 14 log issues, 16 trash problems, 51 unused language issues, and 0 rogue apps. That’s a typical example of scan results delivered by this application. 

Users can select to rescan the Mac or clean issues now. Rescan is likely to display the same (or slightly different) scan results. However, in order to clean those issues, you may be asked to pay 14.49 Euros for a full version of Total Mac Fixer malware. 

Total Mac Fixer virus
Total Mac Fixer can get installed on Macs via freeware

Total Mac Fixer virus
Total Mac Fixer can get installed on Macs via freeware

If you decide to do nothing, the app will initiate regular scans anyway and keep reporting you about those Mac problems. In addition, it may be running in the background and regularly present you with commercial popups offering a discount on the Total Mac Fixer license key or other services. Besides, it may trigger some slowdowns as its scan can such up too much power. 

In regards to the Privacy Policy, the Total Mac Fixer features a strong viewpoint towards the users’ privacy[2] and does not share any gathered data with third parties: 

We do not and will not transfer your data to third parties without your express consent. Exceptions to this are our service partners, who we need to perform our contractual obligations and to manage the contractual relationship, or service providers, who we use in the context of processing an order. 

In general, the application is not dangerous and can be used if the user finds its services useful. Nevertheless, we recommend people to remove Total Mac Fixer due to its questionable performance and exaggerated scan results, and some clone apps circulating on the Internet. 

In order to remove Total Mac Fixer virus from the system, you should find the main uninstaller within the Apps folder and move it to Trash. After that, look for its remnants on different ~Library folders[3] and delete them all. Finally, empty the Trash. If the removal ended up in failure, try using a professional Mac anti-malware. 

Total Mac Fixer PUP
Total Mac Fixer is a suspicious Mac system tool that can display exaggerated scan results to make people purchase the license

Total Mac Fixer PUP
Total Mac Fixer is a suspicious Mac system tool that can display exaggerated scan results to make people purchase the license

Prevention of rogue tools is necessary for the smooth system performance

Experts from[4] are conducting ongoing research to keep an eye on the methods that hackers, spammers, and other cybercriminals use for spreading malware and dangerous cyber infections. For many years, ransomware, spyware, and Trojan developers are mainly taking advantage of spam emails, obfuscated files, fake software updates, pirated software, and etc.

In fact, PUP developers, who can hardly be called criminals, but rather marketing experts, remain settled to the Bundling distribution strategy, which allows them easily spread extensions, add-ons, toolbars, and whatnot attached to other freeware in exchange for a small commission. That’s why we strongly recommend people to be more cautious when downloading free apps from any source, be it Chrome Web Store or official Skype website. Any source can offer bundled download, so always opt for Advanced/Custom freeware installation setup and remove all additional components. 

Total Mac Fixer scareware
Total Mac Fixer is a rogue tool that is not recommended using. It has some close apps that are circulating on the Internet simultaneusly

Total Mac Fixer scareware
Total Mac Fixer is a rogue tool that is not recommended using. It has some close apps that are circulating on the Internet simultaneusly

Learn how to remove Total Mac Fixer malware from Mac devices

Total Mac Fixer removal should not get on your nerves. It’s a potentially unwanted application that may initiate questionable processes on the machine, but, in general, it’s a system tool that can be eliminated in a typical way. Navigate to the apps folder and get rid of its main installer. 

However, Total Mac Fixer removal does not end here. You should also carefully check alternative locations and delete all associated entries. For this purpose, you can take advantage of the Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair tool. Those who have never dealt with suchlike optimization tool on Mac can follow this guide:

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

This entry was posted on 2020-07-15 at 06:05 and is filed under System tools, Viruses.