Terminal Would Like To Control This Computer POP-UP Virus (Mac)

Also Known As: "Terminal would like to control this computer" virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Terminal would like to control this computer" from Mac?

What is "Terminal would like to control this computer"?

"Terminal would like to control this computer" is a fake pop-up window/message that asks Mac users permission for "Terminal" to control the computer using accessibility features. Many users encounter this pop-up on their Macs, however, it is merely a scam and should be ignored. Access should be denied.

Terminal would like to control this computer scam

If permission is given, the "Terminal would like to control this computer" pop-up will allow an app to access Security & Privacy preferences. As the name of the targeted settings suggests, this permission might cause various problems relating to security and privacy. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you deny "Terminal" to access any preferences. This pop-up window is triggered by adware installers that often demand permission to access browsers - these apps are then able to change browser settings, thereby causing unwanted redirects to dubious websites. Many other adware-type apps are available that also distribute fake pop-up system windows. Ignore these fake pop-ups and remove all potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) that might be causing them immediately.

Most PUAs (including adware) deliver advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, surveys, coupons, and similar. When clicked, they usually cause redirects to untrustworthy (potentially malicious) websites or execute scripts that download/install more unwanted apps. Furthermore, these ads are often displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. Another downside of these apps is that they collect browsing-related data: IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Developers share this data with third parties (possibly also cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions can lead to privacy, browsing safety issues, or cause even more serious problems such as identity theft.

Do not trust any fake system pop-ups, especially those requesting logins/passwords. Most pop-ups of this type are displayed by adware-type or other potentially unwanted apps. Developers trick people into downloading and installing PUAs by promoting them as useful tools (or similar), however, they deliver none of the functionality promised and cause problems relating to browsing safety and online privacy. Most PUAs have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Users often install PUAs unintentionally via third party software (when developers use the "bundling" method) or through dubious ads. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into installing PUAs by hiding them in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar options/settings of the download/installation procedures. Developers do not properly disclose information regarding the presence of these apps. Despite this, the main reason for inadvertent installations are skipped download/installation steps (leaving default settings unchanged).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using trustworthy, official websites, and other channels. That does not include torrent clients or other third party downloaders, since these are often monetized by promoting PUAs using the aforementioned bundling method. Do not rush installations without first checking all available options and settings. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other options/settings, deselect unwanted applications, and only then finish the download/installation. Many ads redirect users to untrustworthy websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you continually encounter these ads (or redirects caused by them), check the list of installed applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) on your browser. Remove dubious entries. Check for unwanted/unknown apps and remove them immediately. Also apply this to installed programs on your operating system. 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:

"Terminal" would like to control this computer using accessibility features.
Grant access to this application in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences.

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

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove unwanted applications that display "Terminal would like to control this computer" pop-up 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 "terminal would like to control this computer" 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.

"Terminal would like to control this computer" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "terminal would like to control this computer" 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 "terminal would like to control this computer" 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 "terminal would like to control this computer" 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.