Skip to main content



This article is about AdGuard for Mac, a multifunctional ad blocker that protects your device at the system level. To see how it works, download the AdGuard app

System requirements

Operating system version: macOS 10.15 (64 bit) or higher

RAM: at least 2 GB

Browsers: Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Yandex.Browser, and any other macOS compatible browser

Free disk space: 120 MB


To install AdGuard for Mac on your computer, launch your browser, type in the address bar, and press Download on the page that opens.

Download the app *border

Wait for AdguardInstaller.dmg to download and double-click its icon in the list of downloaded files on the Dock panel.

Double-click to open the file

The AdGuard icon will appear on your desktop. Click it to open the installation app and double-click the AdGuard icon in the opened window.

Double-click the AdGuard icon

Upon the first AdGuard launch, your operating system will warn you that this application has been downloaded from the Internet. Click Open.

Click Open

In the next step, you'll need to click Install.

Click Install

Wait for the installer to download the required files.

Wait until the necessary files are downloaded

To use the application, you will need the administrator password for your macOS account. Enter the password when prompted in the dialogue box and press OK.

Enter the password

Now, you'll see a quick installation wizard where you'll be offered to configure protection to your needs. You can either start fine-tuning right away ("Let's do it!") or skip for now ("Leave as it is").

Configure protection

Here we are, AdGuard is installed on your Mac!



First of all, open the Finder app by clicking the respective icon:

Open Finder

Go to the Applications section. Find AdGuard there, right-click it and choose Move to Trash.

Move AdGuard to Trash *border


Use this instruction only if you know what you are doing or if our support service specifically recommended you the 'advanced uninstall'. Also, do all the steps from the "regular uninstall" first.

  1. After that, delete following AdGuard files:

    • /Library/Application Support/AdGuard Software/com.adguard.mac.adguard (folder)
    • ~/Library/Preferences/com.adguard.mac.adguard.plist (file)
    • ~/Library/Group\ Containers/ (folder)
    • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-pac.daemon.plist (file)
    • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-tun-helper.daemon.plist (file)
    • /Library/Logs/com.adguard.mac.adguard/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-pac.daemon.log (file)
    • /Library/Logs/com.adguard.mac.adguard/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-tun-helper.daemon.log (file)

    To do so, open the Terminal app, then enter and execute the following commands:

    sudo rm -R "/Library/Application Support/AdGuard Software/com.adguard.mac.adguard"
    rm -R "$HOME/Library/Application Support/com.adguard.mac.adguard"
    rm $HOME/Library/Preferences/com.adguard.mac.adguard.plist
    rm -R "$HOME/Library/Group Containers/"
    find "$HOME/Library/Application Support" -name "com.adguard.browser_extension_host.nm.json" -delete
    sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-pac.daemon.plist
    sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-tun-helper.daemon.plist
    sudo rm /Library/Logs/com.adguard.mac.adguard/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-pac.daemon.log
    sudo rm /Library/Logs/com.adguard.mac.adguard/com.adguard.mac.adguard.adguard-tun-helper.daemon.log
  2. Run the Activity Monitor app.

  3. Using search tool, find the process cfprefsd.

    Run Activity Monitor

  4. Stop the process which is being run under the user (not the one run under root). To do so, click the process and then click X on the upper left. Confirm the action in the dialogue window.


AdGuard is removed from your computer now.