Smart Mac Cleaner Unwanted Application (Mac)

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

How to remove "Smart Mac Cleaner" from Mac?

What is "Smart Mac Cleaner"?

The Smart Mac Cleaner app is promoted as being capable of cleaning Mac computers, fixing various issues, and improving performance. I.e. an optimization-oriented application. In fact, this app is categorized as potentially unwanted app (PUA), since developers promote it via the "bundling" method. Therefore, there is a high probability that users install it unintentionally together with their chosen software.

Smart Mac Cleaner scam

Smart Mac Cleaner includes features such as "Cache Manager", "Logs Manager", "Trash Manager", "Uninstaller", and other tools that supposedly optimize the MacOS system. Once a computer is scanned, this app provides a list of 'issues', however, they cannot be fixed unless Smart Mac Cleaner is activated/purchased. Many potentially unwanted apps have similar behavior: they offer a 'free scan', detect a number of issues, and then encourage users to fix them by purchasing so-called 'full' versions. Note that PUAs usually display fake results and many of these unwanted apps trick people into purchasing them. It is not known precisely whether Smart Mac Cleaner is legitimate or can be trusted, however, you are advised never to trust applications that are promoted using the "bundling" method. Furthermore, software developers use this method to promote several unwanted apps at once - often adware-type apps and browser hijackers. It is possible that Smart Mac Cleaner was installed together with one of these apps. When installed, these apps often serve users with intrusive advertisements, record browsing-related and other data, and cause unwanted redirects to dubious websites. Do not use Smart Mac Cleaner and uninstall all unknown, unwanted or suspicious applications immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameSmart 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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Mac Speedup Pro, Mac Cleanup Pro, and MacOptimizer are just some examples of apps that are similar to Smart Mac Cleaner. Apps of this type are usually presented as legitimate and useful (in this case, as 'MacOS optimization tools'), however, they provide none of the expected functionality and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Furthermore, having apps promoted using the "bundling" method installed might cause various problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases, unwanted apps infiltrate systems without direct users' permission (they install them inadvertently). Typically, PUAs are installed through intrusive ads that are capable of executing scripts or when software developers use the "bundling" method. Bundling is used to to trick people into installing (or downloading) unwanted software (potentially unwanted apps) with regular software. Developers usually hide information regarding the inclusion of PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the installation/download set-ups. Unwanted installations or downloads usually occur due to careless behaviour when installation/download steps are skipped without checking all settings/options.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid unwanted download/installation of unwanted applications, handle these processes with caution. Download software using official/trustworthy sources and avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since these tools often are monetized by promoting unwanted programs. Do not skip software download/installation steps without checking all "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings/options of the set-up. Deselect offers to download or install apps that are not required, and only then finish the download or installation procedure. Be careful when browsing the web and do not click intrusive ads, since they often redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). If you experience unwanted redirects or are served with intrusive ads, check installed browser plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons, and immediately remove any suspicious/unwanted entries. Also check for unknown or unwanted 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.

Appearance of "Smart Mac Cleaner" scam (GIF):

Appearance of Smart Mac Cleaner scam (GIF)

Screenshot of the Smart Mac Cleaner installer:

Smart Mac Cleaner installer

Screenshot of Smart Mac Cleaner application:

Smart Mac Cleaner app

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

Smart Mac Cleaner PUA system preferences

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Smart 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 smart 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.

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.

Smart Mac Cleaner potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove smart 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 smart 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 smart 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.

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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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