Safe Cleaner for Mac Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Safe Cleaner for Mac potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Safe Cleaner for Mac from Mac?

What is Safe Cleaner for Mac?

Safe Cleaner for Mac is a dubious app that shares similarities with Mac Clean Pro, Secure Mac Tuneup, and many others. It claims to enhance system performance by optimization and removing infected viruses. Safe Cleaner for Mac may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it often infiltrates systems without consent (developers proliferate Safe Cleaner for Mac using the "bundling" method).

Safe Cleaner for Mac unwanted application

A main Mac feature for Safe Cleaner is the full system scan. After scanning the system, users are presented with many potential threats/infections that must be eliminated immediately. Bear in mind, however, that the 'free version' of Safe Cleaner for Mac is not capable of resolving these 'issues'. Therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. It is currently not confirmed whether Safe Cleaner for Mac can be trusted. There are hundreds of potentially unwanted applications that deliver fake scan results simply to trick users into purchasing so-called 'full' versions. There is a high probability that your computer is optimized and virus-free. Therefore, we advise you to uninstall Safe Cleaner for Mac and certainly do not pay for the full version. If, however, you suspect that your computer might be infected, scan it with another reputable anti-virus suite, such as Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS. As mentioned, developers proliferate this app using the "bundling" method. Therefore, in most cases, "bundling" is used to proliferate several potentially unwanted applications at once. Safe Cleaner for Mac might have infiltrated the system together with a number of other PUAs (adware or browser hijackers). These apps deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information. Users might be redirected to malicious websites. Therefore, the presence of adware/browser hijackers can lead to high-risk computer infections and serious privacy issues. As well as uninstalling Safe Cleaner for Mac, you should remove other dubious applications and browser plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
NameSafe Cleaner for Mac potentially unwanted application
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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The Internet is full of potentially unwanted applications, all of which are virtually identical. By offering many "useful features", these apps attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. In fact, potentially unwanted applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Most deliver no real value for regular users. PUAs cause unwanted redirects, deliver ads, gather information, and (sometimes) promote in-app purchases.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Safe Cleaner for Mac is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, as mentioned above, it is more commonly distributed using the "bundling" method - stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps. Developers do not adequately disclose installation of "bundled" potentially unwanted applications. Therefore, all are hidden within various sections (usually "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We recommend that you download software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus these tools should never be used. Be aware that most potentially unwanted applications are proliferated using intrusive advertisements. These ads often seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, however, they can redirect to untrustworthy sites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If you experience these redirects, uninstall all potentially unwanted applications and browser plug-ins. The main reasons for computer infections are lack of knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of "Safe Cleaner for Mac" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Safe Cleaner for Mac scam (GIF)

Website promoting Safe Cleaner for Mac PUA:

Official Safe Cleaner for Mac website

Official Safe Cleaner for Mac PUA installation setup:

Official Safe Cleaner for Mac installer

IMPORTANT NOTE! Safe Cleaner for Mac adds itself to the list of applications that automatically run upon each user log in. Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

  • Go to System Preferences -> Users & Groups. 
  • Click your account (also known as Current User).
  • Click Login Items.
  • Look for the "Safe Cleaner for Mac" entry.  Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Safe Cleaner for Mac PUA system preferences

Instant automatic removal of Safe Cleaner for Mac potentially unwanted application: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Safe Cleaner for Mac potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac adware removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove safe cleaner for mac potentially unwanted application related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Safe Cleaner for Mac potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove safe cleaner for mac potentially unwanted application related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove safe cleaner for mac potentially unwanted application related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove safe cleaner for mac potentially unwanted application related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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