Apps that keep reinstalling when deleted


giadapieropan

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Hi all!
So, a long time ago I must've downloaded an app that was (unfortunately) some kind of virus. The app was probably linked to other ones, as I just discovered about 20 apps that are located in the folder "shared" that no matter what I do, keep reinstalling themselves.
There apps they are taking significant space on my mac... What can I do? Any ways to permanently delete them?
I attached two pictures, it seems to be called "Setupp", researching online I couldn't find anyone with my problem unfortunately
 

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There is an excellent free program available called AppCleaner that will remove most files/folders, etc. associated with an application you want to remove (along of course with the Application itself). Here is a link for it:

https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/

Make sure you get the version that corresponds with the Mac OS you are running.

After you do that, do a search. I use and prefer the excellent freeware application EasyFind over Spotlight. You can get it from here:

https://www.devontechnologies.com/products/freeware.html

Just put in the application name in the search bar.

Finally, download and run the following two excellent malware/adware/virus detection programs:

Malwarebytes - https://www.malwarebytes.com/lp/sem/en/?msclkid=0fb3d6476d951582950f8a1fa4cd0b43

ClamXAV - https://www.clamxav.com/

Run Malwarebytes first, then ClamXAV. Malwarebytes is very good at detecting adware/malware. ClamXAV (you can use it for free for 30 days) goes "deeper" than Malewarebytes.
 
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giadapieropan

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Thanks a lot! I just deleted all the files following your advice, hopefully they won't come back :)
 

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You're most welcome! AppCleaner is a super application, as is EasyFind. Please remember to run Malwarebytes and ClamXAV. Sometimes those "nefarious" programs can leave adware/malware/viruses.
 

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Hello and welcome.

Setapp is actually a legit company that bundles Mac applications together for a lower price in a subscription-based payment model. At some point, you either started a subscription, or downloaded a trial. The apps in your screenshot are all part of the Setapp bundles.

I would check their website, login with your account, and see what your subscription status is. Here is a link to uninstalling some of the apps, or Setapp itself: Uninstalling applications.

Hope that helps,

C
 

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Did not know that, Cory.

To the op: while their uninstaller will work, it still might not catch everything associated with the apps. But as Cory stated, if you want to pick which ones to uninstall, you could still use AppCleaner for those particular ones.

Also, I don't know if anything happens automatically with Setapp, and that could be a reason why so much disk space is being consumed.
 
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Hi, I just realised I did download Setapp once (probably just to use one of their apps, and all the others downloaded in sinc). Luckily I wasn't paying anything, as I never really subscribed to any plan. I now deleted my account, so that in any case they shouldn't bother me again.

The files have not reinstalled since, so the problem should be fixed :)
 

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