Similar Photo Cleaner Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "Similar Photo Cleaner" from Mac?

What is "Similar Photo Cleaner"?

Similar to Mac Cleanup Pro, the Similar Photo Cleaner app allows users to find duplicate photos (multiple copies) and remove them (this is according to its developers). This may seem a legitimate and useful tool to save disk space, however, it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it is often installed inadvertently and promoted and distributed using the "bundling" method.

Similar Photo Cleaner scam

Similar Photo Cleaner offers various features that must first be purchased. These "bundled" apps often claim to enable 'useful' functionality just to trick users into purchasing software, when in fact it is useless. Therefore, Similar Photo Cleaner will not help you find duplicate files or save disk space. Consider uninstalling this app immediately. PUAs are often installed without direct user permission, including Similar Photo Cleaner, which is installed with adware or browser hijackers. Adware-type apps and browser hijackers are categorized as rogue applications. Adware-type apps usually deliver intrusive ads (coupons, banners, and so on). These can be very annoying, since they often conceal underlying content of any visited website - ads are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. If clicked, they might redirect to potentially malicious websites or execute scripts designed to download and install malicious software. Once installed, adware-type apps and browser hijackers often gather browsing-related information, including IP addresses, keystrokes, geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Furthermore, some of the collected data might include personal/sensitive data that is shared with third parties, who misuse it to generate revenue. These third parties might be cyber criminals. Therefore, the presence of data tracking apps can lead to privacy/browsing safety issues, or even identity theft. Browser hijackers also modify browser settings - usually they change new tab URL, homepage, and search engine options. By making these changes, browser hijackers force users to visit dubious websites. If Similar Photo Cleaner or any other potentially unwanted application is installed on your system, we recommend that you uninstall it immediately. Check the list of installed applications on your browser and uninstall any unwanted/unknown entries.

Threat Summary:
NameSimilar Photo Cleaner 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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There are many potentially unwanted applications available online that are very similar or even identical. Examples of adware and browser hijackers are Zippy Zarp, RinoReader, and MacOSDefender. Most of these apps are presented as useful, however, PUAs are designed to cause redirects, deliver ads, and collect data. They are designed only to generate revenue for their developers and provide no real value for regular users.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Many potentially unwanted applications can be downloaded from their official websites, including Similar Photo Cleaner, however, they are promoted and distributed using the "bundling" method. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into installing PUAs with regular software. Developers hide PUAs such as Similar Photo Cleaner in "Custom", "Advanced" (or other similar) settings of the software installation processes. In this way, developers avoid disclosing information about the presence of PUAs. In most cases, they are installed when users skip installation steps without checking the settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use official and trustworthy websites (or other sources) to download software. Avoid using third party downloaders (or installers). These are monetized by promoting potentially unwanted applications or other rogue apps. Install software with care, and do not skip the installation steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Decline offers to install potentially unwanted apps and only then finish the installation process. Intrusive ads may seem legitimate, but they redirect users to untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). If you continually encounter these redirects, check your browser for any unwanted/dubious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons and remove them immediately. The same applies to programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of "Similar Photo Cleaner" app:

similarphoto-app

To remove these applications manually, remove these files:

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.techyutils.spchlpr.plist
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.techyutils.Photos-Duplicate.plist
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Similar Photo Cleaner
  • ~/Library/Similar Photo Cleaner
  • ~/Library/Application Support/spc
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.techyutils.spchlpr.plist
  • ~/Library/hlprspc
  • ~/Library/Logs/Similar Photo Cleaner.log
  • ~/Library/Logs/spchlpr.log
  • ~/Library/Caches/com.techyutils.spchlpr
  • ~/Library/Caches/com.techyutils.hlprUpdater
  • ~/Library/Caches/com.techyutils.Photos-Duplicate
  • /Applications/Similar Photo Cleaner.app
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.techyutils.spchlpr.plist
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.techyutils.Photos-Duplicate.plist

You can make this process easier and remove Similar Photo Cleaner by using Combo Cleaner.

Instant automatic removal of Similar Photo Cleaner 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 Similar Photo Cleaner potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Similar Photo Cleaner unwanted application using Combo Cleaner:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker 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 similar photo cleaner 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.

Similar Photo Cleaner potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove similar photo cleaner 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 similar photo cleaner 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 similar photo cleaner 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
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Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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