How to Remove Smart Mac Care

Smart Mac Care states that it ensures complete protection against infections like malware, spyware, adware, and so on. However, during diagnostics, we noticed that all threats detected by this program are just part of scare tactics. Smart Mac Care belongs to a group of rogue application that spreads over the internet by bundling itself to freeware and malicious third-party applications. There are also instances that Smart Mac Care gets inside the computer via misleading pop-ups alerts originating from a number of questionable websites. These sites normally issue fake warning that deceives web users to download and install Smart Mac Care.

Once successfully installed, this program instantly scans the computer for possible infections. In just a couple of minutes, Smart Mac Care can identify thousands of threat, which is not normal. Legitimate security applications allow more time to thoroughly scan the system. This doubtful diagnosis by Smart Mac Care leads us to run the program to another machine and we can confirm that it produces identical results. This only denotes that it does not actually checking the system but rather running an exhibition to mislead users and make them believe that computer is infected with various threats.

Screenshot of Smart Mac Care scanner

With these findings, we can confirm that Smart Mac Care is just a rogue program made solely to steal money from Macintosh users. Therefore, we highly suggest removing it from the computer as soon as possible. To totally get rid of Smart Mac Care, please execute the guide on this page in exact order. Also, scan the computer with recommended tools to locate and delete malicious objects linked to Smart Mac Care.

Procedures to Remove Smart Mac Care

This section contains complete instructions to assist you in removing potentially unwanted program from Mac computer.

Procedures published on this page are written in method that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Step 1: Scan the Mac Computer with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of malicious browser hijacker like Smart Mac Care.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing Smart Mac Care.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner Dashboard

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 2 : Quit Smart Mac Care Process

Before proceeding with the steps below, please close the Smart Mac Care window if it is open.

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on the Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove files that belong to Smart Mac Care. Proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Smart Mac Care Login Items

Some malware also installs login items into compromised accounts under System Settings. This object automatically runs Smart Mac Care during user log in.

1. Go to your Dock and open System Settings.

2. Select and click General from the sidebar.

Screenshot of System Settings

3. Next, click on Login Items on the right panel to see if there are malicious items.

4. In the "Open at Login" area, review the items and select Smart Mac Care or any suspicious entry.

Screenshot of Malware Login Items

5. Click on the minus [-] button and confirm your actions.

As stated, the creation of Login Items or Profiles is done on a case-to-case basis. Some malware may add their entries to this section, but others are not concern with making one. So, if the Smart Mac Care Login item is not present, please continue with the succeeding steps.

Step 4 : Delete Smart Mac Care Application

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find Smart Mac Care or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag Smart Mac Care to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Next, go to the Dock, right-click on the Trash icon, and click on Empty Trash.

Step 5 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed Smart Mac Care

1. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar, please select Go > Go to Folder.

2. Input the following string and press Enter on the keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

Screenshot of Go To Folder

3. You will now see a hidden folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.Smart Mac Care.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

4. The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may use the following file names:

- , (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing Smart Mac Care to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files.

5. Please click on "Show items as..."

Screenshot of LaunhAgents Folder

6. To arrange the items in chronological order, click Date Modified.

7. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files, as you may also delete the same item in another folder as we go on.

8. Please restart the Mac computer.

9. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and paste the following string to easily locate the folder:

~/Library/Application Support

Screenshot of Go to Folder

10. Select any suspicious items that you have noted previously. Drag them to the Trash.

11. Repeat the process in the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/Application Support

12. Lastly, go to your Finder > Go and open the Applications folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

-

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove the locked file that belongs to Smart Mac Care homepage hijacker.

Step 6 : Run another Scan using Malwarebytes for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes for Mac from the link below.

2. Locate the downloaded Malwarebytes-Mac.pkg and install it with the default settings.

3. Run Malwarebytes for Mac. It will check for updates and download the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including Smart Mac Care.

4. Once you are on the Malwarebytes dashboard, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Screenshot of Malwarebytes Dashboard

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes for Mac will display a list of identified threats, and Smart Mac Care is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click the Remove button to clean the computer.

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