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Question: is MacCleaner.pkg safe?

I got a pop up virus alert while on the web saying I have 2 viruses. It's from MacCleaner.pkg - is this sage? Now it is in my downloads - if I don't need it how do I get rid of it? I'm a new Mac user!

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Apr 16, 2018 9:11 AM in response to gailfrombellingham In response to gailfrombellingham

The virus alert thing is almost always a scam to try to get you to buy. Almost anything on a Mac with the word cleaner in it will cause more issues than it resolves. I would delete it and if you have any further issues with it, use the following. It has a very good reputation. Free Cyber Security & Anti-Malware Software | Malwarebytes

Apr 16, 2018 9:11 AM

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May 17, 2018 4:52 AM in response to gailfrombellingham In response to gailfrombellingham

I have just come across the same thing. There was a beep, and a new window opened in Safari referring to viruses and malware and saying that my Mac was infected. The window looked just like these pages, with the same black banner as appears at the top of this page and with the "Apple Care products" logo. Clicking anywhere on the banner resulted in MacCleaner.pkg being downloaded. I cleared the downloads. I also searched in "Finder" for maccleaner.pkg and located a file (I didn't note where it was) which, on basis on the comments in this conversation, I sent to trash. Strange thing though - even though I only downloaded today, the file is recorded as having been modified on 18th April, i.e. last month.

May 17, 2018 4:52 AM

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Jun 6, 2018 11:39 AM in response to lenaen002 In response to lenaen002

Hi. Sorry for the long delay in responding. I don't instal it. I moved it to trash (and it's still there). I haven't had any problems and haven't had any recurrence of the "virus alert".

Jun 6, 2018 11:39 AM

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Jun 6, 2018 11:41 AM in response to gordonfromstratford-upon-avon In response to gordonfromstratford-upon-avon

TO CORRECT THE MISSPELLINGS:


Hi. Sorry for the long delay in responding. I didn't install it. I moved it to trash (and it's still there). I haven't had any problems and haven't had any recurrence of the "virus alert".

Jun 6, 2018 11:41 AM

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