Super Mac Cleaner Unwanted Application (Mac)

Also Known As: Super Mac Cleaner potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Super Mac Cleaner" from Mac?

What is "Super Mac Cleaner"?

Super Mac Cleaner (also knows as SuperMac Cleaner, Super Mac-Cleaner, Super-Mac Cleaner and SuperMacCleaner) is promoted as a system optimization app for Mac computers. Developers claim that this software scans systems for various issues and then fixes them. Although presented as a useful and legitimate application, Super Mac Cleaner is categorized as a potentially unwanted app (PUA). People install these apps unintentionally - they are tricked by PUA promotions that employ the "bundling" method.

Super Mac Cleaner scam

Super Mac Cleaner includes tools such as cache, logs, trash and file manager, rogue apps and general uninstaller, browsing history cleaner, etc. To fully use any of these features, however, Super Mac Cleaner application must be activated (purchased). The 'free' version allows users to scan for issues but not to fix them. PUAs often have this behavior: they detect a number of supposed 'issues' and then encourage users to purchase the app to remove them. Do not trust apps that are categorized as PUAs and are promoted using the "bundling" method. They often present fake results to trick people into paying for software activation. It is not known whether Super Mac Cleaner operates in this way, however, numerous apps of this type have similar behavior. Therefore, avoid them and do not pay money for any activation. Furthermore, apps being promoted via bundling are often installed together with browser hijackers or adware-type apps. These usually cause unwanted redirects, collect data, and feed users with intrusive ads. If you have unwanted apps installed, remove them immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameSuper Mac 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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The number of potentially unwanted apps is growing daily. Some examples of other apps similar to Super Mac Cleaner are Mac Speedup Pro, Advanced Mac Cleaner, and Mac Cleanup Pro. All are presented as legitimate and useful tools. In this case, they supposedly improve Mac computer performance and optimize MacOS systems. In fact, they provide none of the features promised.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In some cases, potentially unwanted applications can be downloaded from their (supposedly official) websites (this is the case with Super Mac Cleaner), however, most people install them through intrusive ads or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is used to trick people into installing unwanted apps together with other software by hiding them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other options or settings of the installation (or download) set-ups. Developers ensure that information about any additionally-included applications goes unnoticed. Note, however, that these unwanted installations (or downloads) can only occur if people leave all available settings unchecked and unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent unwanted apps from being downloaded or installed, avoid using third party software download/installation tools - for example, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrents, eMule and other such tools, unofficial websites, and other sources of this type. Use only official and trustworthy websites/sources, and direct links. When downloading or installing software, check all available options such as "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and so on. Opt-out of installation of additional software, check for checkboxes ticked by default, and only then complete the download or installation process. Do not click intrusive ads, especially those displayed on untrustworthy websites. They may seem legitimate but clicking them risks being redirected to dubious websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If random unwanted redirects occur, check for unwanted apps such as extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser. Also check the list of installed programs on the computer. Remove all unknown, suspicious entries immediately. 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 "Super Mac Cleaner" app (GIF):

Appearance of Super Mac Cleaner scam (GIF)

Screenshot of Super Mac Cleaner installer:

super mac cleaner installer

Screenshot of Super Mac Cleaner app:

super mac cleaner app

IMPORTANT NOTE! Super Mac Cleaner 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 "Super Mac Cleaner" entry. Select it, and click the "-" button to remove it.

Super Mac Cleaner PUA system preferences

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

Video showing how to remove Super Mac 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 super mac 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.

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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.

Super Mac Cleaner potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove super mac 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 super mac 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 super mac 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.