How to remove SmarterHD adware from your operating system

Also Known As: Ads by SmarterHD
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove SmarterHD from Mac?

What is SmarterHD?

SmarterHD is promoted as a tool capable of improving the browsing experience, by providing fast searches, accurate search results, etc. It is classified as adware. SmarterHD runs intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e. it displays various undesirable and even harmful ads. It is additionally categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application), due to its questionable proliferation methods. Users should note that most adware-type apps have data tracking abilities, which they employ to spy on browsing habits.

SmarterHD adware

Banners, pop-ups, surveys, coupons - are just a few examples of adverts that adware displays. Intrusive advertisements are not just nuisances, they are deemed to be a safety hazard as well. These ads seriously diminish the browsing quality, by limiting browsing speed and website visibility (by overlaying page content). They cause redirects to sale-based, untrustworthy, compromised and malicious sites. Some of them can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent. Aside from adware-types, PUAs can also be browser hijackers. The latter make unauthorized changes to browsers and promote fake search engines. Unwanted applications can generate redirects to similarly harmful webpages. However, apps that possess data tracking abilities are especially heinous. They record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). This sensitive data is then passed onto third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. To summarize, PUAs can not only cause various system infiltrations and infections, but also lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses and even culminate in identity theft. Therefore, to ensure device integrity and user safety, it is advised to immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SmarterHD
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Adware is a common kind of PUA. Most of these apps share certain traits, ones released by the same developers are typically identical. DefaultProductsResourcesSourceBrowserToday are a few examples of adware similar to SmarterHD. In general, unwanted applications have common characteristics. They usually appear legitimate and tempt users into installing them by offering "useful" and "beneficial" features. Regardless how good these offers sound, the promised features do not operate as advertised, if they are operational at all. It has to be emphasized, that the only purpose of these rogue apps is to generate revenue for their designers; therefore, to users they have no real value. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive ad campaigns, cause redirects to unreliable/malicious websites, hijack browsers and track private data.

How did SmarterHD install on my computer?

Some PUAs have "official" websites, where they can usually be downloaded for "free". Unwanted applications can also be installed alongside ordinary programs. The deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with undesirable or malicious content is called "bundling". By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring or skimming terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users endanger their devices with potential system infiltrations and infections. Intrusive adverts can spread PUAs as well. Once clicked, they execute scripts, designed to make rogue downloads/installs of such apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only trustworthy and official download channels should be used. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources - are considered to be unreliable and untrustworthy, therefore are strictly advised against use. Download and installation processes should be treated with caution. That includes reading terms, exploring all possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features, etc. Commonly hosted by compromised webpages, intrusive adverts do not look suspicious themselves. Once clicked on these seemingly legitimate and harmless ads, they redirect to gambling, pornography, adult-dating and other similarly dubious websites. Should users experience ads/redirects of this kind, they are strongly advised to inspect the device and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with SmarterHD, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once SmarterHD installation is over:

pop-up displayed once SmarterHD installation is done

Screenshot of SmarterHD installation folder and desktop shortcut:

SmarterHD folder

 

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

SmarterHD adware removal:

Remove SmarterHD-related 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 ads by smarterhd 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.

Ads by SmarterHD removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by smarterhd 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 ads by smarterhd 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 ads by smarterhd 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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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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