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Updated: September 11, 2018 3:59:20 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Mac


OSX.AMCleaner is a potentially unwanted application that gives misleading information about issues on the computer.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version August 19, 2018 revision 023
  • Latest Rapid Release version November 12, 2019 revision 004
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 20, 2018 revision 002
  • Latest Daily Certified version December 19, 2019 revision 021
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 22, 2018

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Technical Description

Once executed, the application creates the following file:

  • /Applications/Mac Mechanics.app

The application performs a scan and displays misleading information about issues on the computer.


The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products for Mac.

  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and repair or delete all the files detected.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the virus definitions
To obtain the most recent virus definitions run LiveUpdate: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers regularly. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate) .

2. To scan for and delete the infected files
  • Start your Norton AntiVirus or Symantec Endpoint Protection for Mac program and make sure that it is configured to scan all files.
  • Run a full system scan.
  • If any files are detected, click Repair (if available) or Delete.