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Hmopt Virus on Mac – How to Remove It

This is a blog post that has been created in order to best explain what exactly is Hmopt virus and how you can remove it effectively from your Mac.

Hmopt is one of those suspicious processes that are very difficult to be verified. Not only this, but also the Hmopt virus can be malware-related, even though the community believes that it is general adware. If you see the ““Hmopt” will damage your computer” message, we strongly recommend that you read this removal article.

Threat Summary

NameHmopt Virus
TypeVirus or Adware for Mac OS
Short Description Hmopt may be an adware or malware related process that could obtain sensitive information from your computer and/or show advertisements.
SymptomsRedirects, pop-ups, banners and other forms of advertisements and suspicious behavior.
Distribution MethodBy being bundled to other apps or being downloaded from the web.
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Hmopt Mac Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

Hmopt virus could be installed on your computer by preteding to be a legitimate software helper app. Such applications often end up being added to the setups of other apps you may have downloaded, like converters, media players, etc. What generally happens is you cold encounter Hmopt in one of the install steps of those applications to be pretending to be a free extra or an optional package that is offered as a useful addon to your install. However, be advised that such applications often need to be checked.

After the app, that has the Hmopt process running is installed on your Mac, this is the message that you will see:

→ “hmopt” will damage your computer. You should move it to trash.

Many users have been complaining on Apple security forums that they could not move the process itself to the trash and it does not work. We believe that this is because Hmopt may require various different permissions from your Mac, like:

  • Obtain information on the sites you visit.
  • Obtain your IP and Mac.
  • Read and change data on the websites you visit.
  • Read and modify files directly from your Mac.
  • Obtain access to some aspects of your Mac that are sensitive.

Then, the Hmopt virus may begin to perform all sorts of vile activities, such as to change and modify the following web browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox.
  • Google Chrome.
  • Safari.

If so, the Hmopt process may run different advertisements, like pop-ups, banners, browser redirections and other forms of ads that may begin to randomly appear on your Mac. The outcome of this is the some of these ads could turn out to be directly dangerous to your Mac and even infect it with malware.

Not only this, but do not foget the fact that the Hmopt process could belong to actual malware app that is installed on your Mac. Such apps could be rogue software, or worse, spyware apps that can have the permissions to:

  • Steal passwords.
  • Obtain files from your Mac.
  • Track the keys you type.
  • Delete files.
  • Install other malware.

In any case, it appears that the Hmopt process could as well be very unsafe and its removal is strongly reccomended from your Mac.

Remove Hmopt Mac Virus from Your Mac

If your objective is to get rid of the Hmopt process from your Mac, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They are created with the primary idea to assist you in removing this malware version step by step. For a most effective removal, we highly recommend that you download and run a scan of your Mac, using an advanced Mac malware removal app. This app can help effectively detect and remove all Hmopt – related files and objects from your Mac.

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Preparation Phase:

Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:

  • Backup your files in case the worst happens.
  • Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
  • Arm yourself with patience.

Step 1: Uninstall Hmopt Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Hmopt Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Hmopt Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Hmopt Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Hmopt Virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Hmopt Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove Hmopt Virus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Hmopt Virus will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove Hmopt Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Hmopt Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


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