What is ProductUpdater on my Mac laptop?

Something called ProductUpdater shows up in my Activity Monitor as consuming 95-99% of CPU and draining my Powerbook battery rapidly. What is this and how can I stop it?

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It is what is known as a PUP,

Potentially Unwanted Program.
Download and install Malwarebytes for Mac directly from the Malwarebytes website, accept no other download option.
Run it and follow any instructions it gives you.

Are you sure you are running a Macbook? They were discontinued in 2006 which would make yours, if it is one, a bit long in the tooth


Post was last edited on August 15, 2019 5:15 PM PDT

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Why don't you recommend MacKeeper?

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MacKeeper is a classic case of Malware.

Google it and you will see all the horror stories about it.
It deeply installs itself on your Mac and is very difficult to remove.
Their popup advertising is suspect too and gained notoriety with their deceptive marketing techniques.
While it is a utility program, for which there really is no need, it should be avoided.


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ProductUpdater is not a PUP in my case

the malwarebytes answer did not find anything of use. I have since removed it. Using Activity Monitor on the Mac I was able to determine that it was the McAfee AV updater process. (In Activity Monitor select the process in question) i.e. ProductUpdater, Select the dropdown 'gear' icon in the tool bar and then select "Sample Process" this informed me that the process was running from the ~/McAfee path. I then chatted with McAfee support and they basically reinstalled the app as a first swing at the pitch. We shall see.

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