Complete Disk Tuner removal guide
Disk Tuner is advertised as a tool which allows users to boost their computer’s performance by deleting duplicate or junk files, free up disk space and so on. Judging at the first inspection, this tool seems legit and useful. However, users should know that this is potentially unwanted program distributed by using bundling. Therefore, it increases a chance that some users may download and install it mistakenly.
If you install Disk Tuner, it scans the whole PC and so the issues that must be fixed such as various junk files to be cleaned errors etc. Then, users are asked to purchase its full version. The problem with some PUAs is that they generate fake scan results and do not eliminate any issues found on your device. In other words, users are asked for payment for the program to work.
This is just a trick to scare users into purchasing the full version. At present, it is not known whether Disk Tuner is legitimate or not. Even though, you should not take a risk. Typically, PUPs promote browser hijacker, adware type app or PUA of other type. Adware type apps generate advertisements and are often designed to redirect users to other malicious pages, if such ads are clicked.
Browsers hijackers modify browser settings such as homepage, search engine and new tab to promote some dubious search engine and do not allow users to revert those changes unless users uninstall them. Further, PUAs can collect users browsing related data and later shared to potent cyber criminals who misuse to generate illicit revenue that can cost on users privacy and even severe consequences. For all these reasons, it is highly recommended to remove Disk Tuner.
How did potentially unwanted apps intrude inside my PC?
Potentially unwanted apps are distributed via various ways. However, the PUPs that promote Disk Tuner site usually prefer bundling method and misleading ads all the time. In the deceptive method of bundling, stealth installation of potentially unwanted program take place with some regular software installation. Developers know well users rush behavior during downloading/installation of any program. They attach the PUP with some regular software and hide the installation information under the custom settings. Users install the apps with reckless approach and skipping several meanwhile steps that allow the attachment to get installed in the system. To avoid these, you must firstly prefer genuine websites and direct links and second is that you must choose custom/advanced settings during installing any program to deselect any secretly attached program.
Remove Disk Tuner
Manual malware removal threat has been provided below under this article. Follow it so that you will not find any trouble while performing virus removal process. You can also use Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS that can remove Disk Tuner and all infiltrated PUAs automatically from the computer.
Name: Disk Tuner
Threat Type: PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application), Mac malware, Mac virus
Supposed Functionality: Disk cleanup
Symptoms: unwanted ads and pop-ups and intrusive redirects on the browser, slow PC and browser speed and performance.
Distribution Methods: Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage: Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, possibly intrusion of malicious infections.
Removal: Use reliable antimalware tool to eliminate possible malware infections soon from the Mac operating system.
Remove Files and Folders Related to Disk Tuner
Open the “Menu” bar and click the “Finder” icon. Select “Go” and click on “Go to Folder…”
Step 1: Search the suspicious and doubtful malware generated files in /Library/LaunchAgents folder
Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to Folder” option
In the “Launch Agent” folder, search for all the files that you have recently downloaded and move them to “Trash”. Few of the examples of files created by browser-hijacker or adware are as follow, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.Itvbit.plist”, installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, and “kuklorest.update.plist” and so on.
Step 2: Detect and remove the files generated by the adware in “/Library/Application” Support folder
In the “Go to Folder..bar”, type “/Library/Application Support”
Search for any suspicious newly added folders in “Application Support” folder. If you detect any one of these like “NicePlayer” or “MPlayerX” then send them to “Trash” folder.
Step 3: Look for the files generated by malware in /Library/LaunchAgent Folder:
Go to Folder bar and type /Library/LaunchAgents
You are in the “LaunchAgents” folder. Here, you have to search for all the newly added files and move them to “Trash” if you find them suspicious. Some of the examples of suspicious files generated by malware are “myppes.download.plist”, “installmac.AppRemoved.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist” and so on.
Step4: Go to /Library/LaunchDaemons Folder and search for the files created by malware
Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go To Folder” option
In the newly opened “LaunchDaemons” folder, search for any recently added suspicious files and move them to “Trash”. Examples of some of the suspicious files are “com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preference.plist”, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist” and so on.
Step 5: Use Combo Cleaner Anti-Malware and Scan your Mac PC
The malware infections could be removed from the Mac PC if you execute all the steps mentioned above in the correct way. However, it is always advised to be sure that your PC is not infected. It is suggested to scan the work-station with “Combo Cleaner Anti-virus”.
Once the file gets downloaded, double click on combocleaner.dmg installer in the newly opened window. Next is to open the “Launchpad” and press on “Combo Cleaner” icon. It is advised to wait until “Combo Cleaner” updates the latest definition for malware detection. Click on “Start Combo Scan” button.
A depth scan of your Mac PC will be executed in order to detect malware. If the Anti-virus scan report says “no threat found” then you can continue with guide further. On the other hand, it is recommended to delete the detected malware infection before continuing.
Now the files and folders created by the adware is removed, you have to remove the rogue extensions from the browsers.
Remove Disk Tuner from Internet Browsers
Delete Doubtful and Malicious Extension from Safari
Go to “Menu Bar” and open “Safari” browser. Select “Safari” and then “Preferences”
In the opened “preferences” window, select “Extensions” that you have recently installed. All such extensions should be detected and click the “Uninstall” button next to it. If you are doubtful then you can remove all the extensions from “Safari” browser as none of them are important for smooth functionality of the browser.
In case if you continue facing unwanted webpage redirections or aggressive advertisements bombarding, you can reset the “Safari” browser.
Open the Safari menu and choose “preferences…” from the drop-down menu.
Go to the “Extension” tab and set the extension slider to “Off” position. This disables all the installed extensions in the Safari browser
Next step is to check the homepage. Go to “Preferences…” option and choose “General” tab. Change the homepage to your preferred URL.
Also check the default search-engine provider settings. Go to “Preferences…” window and select the “Search” tab and select the search-engine provider that you want such as “Google”.
Next is to clear the Safari browser Cache- Go to “Preferences…” window and select “Advanced” tab and click on “Show develop menu in the menu bar.“
Go to “Develop” menu and select “Empty Caches”.
Remove website data and browsing history. Go to “Safari” menu and select “Clear History and Website Data”. Choose “all history” and then click on “Clear History”.
Remove Unwanted and Malicious Plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox
Delete Disk Tuner add-ons from Mozilla Firefox
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser. Click on the “Open Menu” present in the top right corner of the screen. From the newly opened menu, choose “Add-ons”.
Go to “Extension” option and detect all the latest installed add-ons. Select each of the suspicious add-ons and click on “Remove” button next to them.
In case if you want to “reset” the Mozilla Firefox browser then follow the steps that has been mentioned below.
Reset Mozilla Firefox Settings
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser and click on “Firefox” button situated at the top left corner of the screen.
In the new menu, go to “Help” sub-menu and choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click on “Reset Firefox” button.
Confirm that you want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to default by pressing on “Reset Firefox” option
The browser will get restarted and the settings changes to factory default
Delete Unwanted and Malicious Extensions from Google Chrome
Open the chrome browser and click on “Chrome menu”. From the drop down option, choose “More Tools” and then “Extensions”.
In the “Extensions” option, search for all the recently installed add-ons and extensions. Select them and choose “Trash” button. Any third-party extension is not important for the smooth functionality of the browser.
Reset Google Chrome Settings
Open the browser and click on three line bar at the top right side corner of the window.
Go to the bottom of the newly opened window and select “Show advanced settings”.
In the newly opened window, scroll down to the bottom and choose “Reset browser settings”
Click on the “Reset” button on the opened “Reset browser settings” window
Restart the browser and the changes you get will be applied
The above mentioned manual process should be executed as it is mentioned. It is a cumbersome process and requires a lot of technical expertise. And hence it is advised for technical experts only. To be sure that your PC is free from malware, it is better that you scan the work-station with a powerful anti-malware tool. The automatic malware removal application is preferred because it doesn’t requires any additional technical skills and expertise.
Download the application and execute it on the PC to begin the depth scanning. Once the scanning gets completed, it shows the list of all the files related to Disk Tuner. You can select such harmful files and folders and remove them immediately.