Short bio

PUP.FakeAV is Malwarebytes' generic detection name for a category of potentially unwanted programs that make false or exagerated claims to remove threats from MacOS systems.

Type and source of infection

PUP.FakeAV detections are caused by a category of PUPs that make false claims about being able to remove adware or other threats from a MacOS system. PUP.FakeAV are usually installed by users themselves under false pretences or as a result of aggressive advertizing. Sometimes they can be installed as part of a bundler.


Fake cleaning apps can provide users with a false sense of security.


Malwarebytes for Mac detects and removes PUP.FakeAV.


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”.

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