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Short bio

PUP.FakeAV.Anobot is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a small family of fake adware removal apps from a developer known as Anobot. These apps were all targeted at MacOS systems.

Type and source of infection

PUP.FakeAV.Anobot are promoted as adware removal apps, while in reality they have very limited functionality. PUP.FakeAV.Anobot apps were available from the Mac App Store, but have since been removed.

Anobot Adware Cleaner


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


Malwarebytes for Mac detects and removes PUP.FakeAV.Anobot.


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”.