Osascript Wants To Control Safari POP-UP Virus (Mac)

Also Known As: "Osascript wants to control Safari" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Osascript wants to control Safari" from Mac?

What is "Osascript wants to control Safari"?

"Osascript wants to control Safari" is a fake operating system pop-up message used to trick MacOS users to allow "osascript" to control the Safari web browser. There are many adware-type apps that cause these pop-ups. Note that many users encounter this scam and it should not be trusted.

Osascript wants to control Safari scam

According to this fake MacOS system message, giving permission for "osascript" to control the Safari browser will provide access to data and documents stored in the browser, thus allowing various actions to be performed via the app. These fake pop-up windows are usually generated by adware installers or adware-type applications. They often demand permission to access browsers so that changes can be made to settings, thereby causing unwanted redirects to potentially malicious, deceptive websites. To avoid problems relating to browsing safety or privacy, ignore the "Osascript wants to control Safari" pop-up message and do not allow it to take control over your Safari browser. If you have encountered this pop-up, there is a high probability that your computer is infected with adware. Therefore, immediately check the list of installed applications (and browser extensions) and eliminate all dubious entries.

Adware programs are categorized as potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) that deliver intrusive ads, such as coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys, and so on. Furthermore, these ads are usually displayed through tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. Therefore, they diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, clicking ads delivered by adware often leads to redirects to untrustworthy or deceptive websites. Some ads run scripts that download and install other unwanted applications or even high-risk malware. Therefore, clicking them might lead to various system infections. Potentially unwanted apps of this type often record browsing related data. These apps collect IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and other data relating to users' browsing habits when using the affected web browser. Furthermore, PUAs developers share the gathered data with third parties (who might also be cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.

There are many fake system pop-ups online, some of which encourage users to provide their usernames and passwords. Typically, they are triggered by adware installers or other rogue download/installation set-ups. PUAs are promoted by developers as 'useful tools', but most generate revenue for their developers by causing redirects, collecting data, and delivering intrusive ads. Few of these apps deliver the functionality promised or provide any other value.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some PUAs can be downloaded from their official websites, but most people install them together with third party software (or via intrusive ads). Generally, users install them inadvertently - this often happens when software developers bundle PUAs with other software. In summary, "bundling" is a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into installing various unwanted apps together with regular software. Developers achieve this by hiding PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of the download or installation processes. Therefore, information about the presence of PUAs in set-ups is not presented properly. Furthermore, many users tend to skip download/installation steps without checking the settings, thus allowing these apps to be installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of unwanted apps, download software using official/trustworthy sources and direct links only. Avoid using software third party installers, downloaders or other unofficial sources. Do not skip download/installation steps without first checking the options or settings. Deselect all bundled (additionally-included) applications/software and only then finish the installation/download. Bear in mind that most ads may seem legitimate, but many redirect to suspicious or untrustworthy websites (such as adult dating, gambling, pornography, and so on). If you encounter these redirects, check the list of extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins installed on your browser, and programs on your computer. If there are unknown or unwanted entries, remove them immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in a fake system pop-up window:

"osascript" wants access to control "Safari". Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in "Safari", and to perform actions within that app.

Another variant of the "osascript" pop-up, which requests access to the Google Chrome web browser:

Osascript wants to control Google Chrome

Text presented within this pop-up:

"osascript" wants access to control "Google Chrome". Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in "Google Chrome", and to perform actions within that app.

Screenshot of the adware installer that displays this fake system pop-up:

adware installer displaying fake Osascript wants to control Safari system pop-up

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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 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 "osascript wants to control safari" virus 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

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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.

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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.

"Osascript wants to control Safari" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "osascript wants to control safari" virus 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 "osascript wants to control safari" virus 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 "osascript wants to control safari" virus 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.