Safari Keeps Opening By Itself Virus (Mac)

Also Known As: "Safari reopens after force quit" virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Safari Keeps Opening By Itself" from Mac?

What is "Safari Keeps Opening By Itself"?

Many users experience a problem relating to the Safari browser whereby it repeatedly reopens. In other cases, it reopens even when users force quit it, or it opens when users have just logged into the Mac. This is a common problem and is usually caused by installed adware-type applications. These are categorized as potentially unwanted apps (PUAs), which most users install unintentionally. Furthermore, apps of this type usually display intrusive ads and collect browsing-related data.

Safari Keeps Opening By Itself scam

There are many adware-type apps on the internet, however, most operate in a similar manner. If installed, they usually feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups (pop-up windows), and other intrusive ads. In this case, they might open browser windows and reopen them even after they are closed. Clicking these ads can result in opening dubious (potentially malicious) and deceptive web pages. It can also cause download/installation of other PUAs. These ads can be annoying and are usually displayed via tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, they conceal underlying content of visited websites. PUAs also collect data such as IP addresses, geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. Unfortunately, some also collect personal, sensitive details that are continually shared with third parties (cyber criminals). These people misuse recorded data to generate revenue. Therefore, having adware-type or other similar PUAs installed can lead to unwanted browser behaviour and various problems relating to browsing safety and privacy. We recommend that you uninstall these apps immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name"Safari reopens after force quit" virus
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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In most cases, potentially unwanted apps are presented as useful and legitimate, however, developers encourage people to install and use them by promoting various tools, features, and other functionality. Note that few PUAs operate as promoted. When installed, they deliver no real value and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers (by displaying ads, causing unwanted redirects, and so on).

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Some potentially unwanted applications can be downloaded from promotional/distribution websites, however, research shows that most people download and install them through intrusive ads or when developers use "bundling", a deceptive method used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with other software. To achieve this, developers hide information regarding these additional apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings or options of the download or installation set-ups. Most users skip software download/installation steps without carefully checking the settings/options - this is how they unintentionally cause unwanted downloads and installations of PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official and trustworthy websites and avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, P2P (Peer-to-Peer) networks such as torrent clients and other dubious channels. Furthermore, many third party downloaders are monetized by promoting unwanted applications. Be patient when installing and downloading software. Study each download/installation step, check all available "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts of the set-up. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. Untrustworthy ads often seem legitimate, however, once clicked, they often redirect to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other similar, dubious web pages. If you experience ads or redirects to dubious websites, check for any unwanted apps installed. Also check for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your default browser and remove/uninstall them. Also check installed programs on your computer (operating system). Remove unwanted/unknown software. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to eliminate the "Safari Keeps Opening By Itself" issue 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 "safari reopens after force quit" 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

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.

"Safari reopens after force quit" virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove "safari reopens after force quit" 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 "safari reopens after force quit" 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 "safari reopens after force quit" 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.