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OSX.Spc Adware on Mac – How to Remove It (Illustrated Steps)

What is OSX.Spc adware? How does OSX.Spc adware work? How to remove OSX.Spc adware completely from your Mac and stop ads?

OSX.Spc adware is the type of software that is spread onto Macs for one reason only – to display advertisements. While this does not mean that OSX.Spc is in fact a virus, you should be aware that it is a risky software. The main reason for that is because OSX.Spc can display various different types of advertisements on the computers of victims and those may lead to various third-party sites. Read this article to understand how to remove OSX.Spc completely from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameOSX.Spc Virus
TypeAdware/PUP for Mac OS
Short Description
SymptomsOSX.Bnodlero may show different types of unwanted advertisements to your computer. These ads may be dangerous in multiple different ways.
Distribution Method OSX.Bnodlero can spread via software bundling or via browser redirects, where it is advertised as some sort of app.
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OSX.Spc – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

OSX.Spc uses typical methods of being replicated. It can be added to the installers of other free software by being advertised as a free extra or some type of useful offer. It can also be advertised as such on software download sites with low reputation.

Once OSX.Spc is installed on your Mac, you may begin seeing the following types of advertisements:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Online browser redirects.
  • Unwanted push notifications and sites.
  • Highlighted text ads.

Not only this, but also OSX.Spc can also heavily modify your browser and add its own custom browser extensions that can use cookies to track which sites you visit. These cookies can see what you search, type and the sites you visit.

The advertisements that are shown by OSX.Spc can lead to different sites that can be dangeorus for your Mac, such as:

  • Fake retailer sites.
  • Scam pages.
  • Crypto miner pages.
  • Phishing pages.
  • Virus sites.

This is the main reason to focus on removing OSX.Spc from your Mac.

Remove OSX.Spc from Your Mac

In order to get rid of OSX.Spc, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the primary purpose to help you to locate and remove OSX.Spc files and apps from your Mac and web browsers. Not only this, but they also work for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. But if you still see ads on yor Mac, then this means that OSX.Spc could have hidden files and objects on your Mac. To remove everything, the most effective method is to use an advanced malware removal software. Such cleaner tool has the capability to detect all unwanted or virus files and remove them permanently.

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Get rid of OSX.Spc Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall OSX.Spc 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 OSX.Spc 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 OSX.Spc 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 OSX.Spc 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 OSX.Spc 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 OSX.Spc 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner 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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Remove OSX.Spc Virus from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


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


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


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


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Erase OSX.Spc Virus from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


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


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


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



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Uninstall OSX.Spc Virus from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Delete OSX.Spc Virus from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


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


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the OSX.Spc 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.


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Eliminate OSX.Spc Virus from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


OSX.Spc Virus FAQ

What is OSX.Spc Virus?

OSX.Spc Virus is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that OSX.Spc Virus may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is OSX.Spc Virus a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The OSX.Spc Virus object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because OSX.Spc Virus can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get OSX.Spc Virus?

OSX.Spc Virus could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, OSX.Spc Virus adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed OSX.Spc Virus, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove OSX.Spc Virus from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of OSX.Spc Virus from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were OSX.Spc Virus could be residing.

It will also make sure that OSX.Spc Virus is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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