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This article will help you to remove Similar Photo Cleaner effectively. Follow the removal instructions for the unwanted software given at the end of this article.

Similar Photo Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and it is developed by a company called PCVARK. The company is tied to applications which are considered PUPs and is also known to put different advertisements in their products to promote other software they have developed. Adding to that, scare messages might appear trying to trick Mac users into installing other PUPs. If you have Similar Photo Cleaner installed on your Mac, then know that pop-ups and alert notifications that have no obvious source might be stemming from this software or any other apps related to PCVARK.

Threat Summary

NameSimilar Photo Cleaner
TypePUP/Rogue Application
Short DescriptionSimilar Photo Cleaner is a PUP, developed by the company PCVARK. The company is known to have many applications which put various advertisements and scare messages, trying to trick you to install more apps.
SymptomsPop-up boxes, messages, and alerts appear on your Mac machine. You are being lied to that there are viruses on your Mac and that you need to install a removal software within a given time frame.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Suspicious Sites
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Similar Photo Cleaner — Update December 2018

A new distribution technique was identified to spread malware copies of the Similar Photo Cleaner PUP by promoting them in giveaways. The sites that are distributing them pose as legitimate Internet portals by using their design layout. In order to access the software download page the users will be coerced into filing out a registration form which will additionally hijack their personal information. The following fields may be present in the registration form:

  • Full Name
  • Email Address
  • Password
  • Recovery Question & Answer Combination
  • User Preferences

Similar Photo Cleaner PUP – Distribution Ways

The Similar Photo Cleaner unwanted application is being effectively distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. You can get your Mac affected by it without even being aware, that the Similar Photo Cleaner has installed on your machine with a freeware installation or bundled package. In such packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly (or at all), and you can get tricked into installing apps such as Similar Photo Cleaner. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom option in an installation setup to see the full contents of what you are getting.

This is how the program’s installation setup looks when launched:

Suspicious sites are another source for the distribution of PUPs. Visiting such sites can end you up with a rogue program installed on your Mac. For instance, if you manually go to the official site of Similar Photo Cleaner, and download it. There are other sites that advertise the program with pop-ups or banners that are probably their partners or belong to the same cloth of people that spread similar software.

Similar Photo Cleaner PUP – Detailed Information

Similar Photo Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and it is developed by the company PCVARK. The company is known to have many applications which are considered PUPs and also puts various advertisements in their software to point to other software they have created. Similar Photo Cleaner remains a questionable software as it is also known to show such advertising pop-up messages.

Interestingly enough, the alert notifications and pop-up messages are not the only thing that the Similar Photo Cleaner software is designed to do. The Info.plist file inside the application reveals a list of over 200 various file types that it claims to be able to open. If you try to open a file which doesn’t have a corresponding application associated to it, the file will be opened by Similar Photo Cleaner.

Below, in the screenshot, you can see the GUI of the program, with a screen where it shows that issues have been found on your Mac machine:

Afterward, Similar Photo Cleaner shows a reasonably convincing, but fake variant of the normal OS X dialog message box which says that no suitable app is installed.

The fake message box links to the official Similar Photo Cleaner website, owned by PCVARK, which tries to install Mac Adware Remover or similar applications to Similar Photo Cleaner. All these programs have a valid, Apple-provided developer certificate, thus macOS will install them without prompting a warning or a notification of any sort.

The following pop-up message can show up from time to time, trying to prompt you into installing rogue security software which is probably also related to the PCVARK company:

This is how the message reads:

Warning:
The last site you visited might have infected
your Desktop with virus
Current risk: 93%

Click on the button below to install the latest Mac
security to remove all the viruses

Your Mac would have critical errors, if you do not
remove the viruses within
[5 minute counter] Install Security Update
Now

With a timer, this message tries to trick many Mac users, with scare tactics, into installing more junk on their machines. If you have questionable behavior on your MacOS, experience slow-downs or have applications installed that you do not know where they cropped up from, consider scanning your Mac with a legitimate security software and see if you can eliminate the cause.

Below you can see the Privacy Policy of Similar Photo Cleaner:

The Privacy Policy is found at http://similarphotocleaner.com/privacypolicy but it is questionable whether the information given on it is true or not. Be careful what data you provide, what terms you agree to, what consensus you give to people (over the phone or not) claiming to be working behind this unwanted software.

The following is a list of files that the Similar Photo Cleaner PUP creates:


~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.techyutils.spchlpr.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.techyutils.Photos-Duplicate.plist
~/Library/Application Support/Similar Photo Cleaner
~/Library/Similar Photo Cleaner
~/Library/Application Support/spc
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.techyutils.spchlpr.plist
~/Library/hlprspc
~/Library/Logs/Similar Photo Cleaner.log
~/Library/Logs/spchlpr.log
~/Library/Caches/com.techyutils.spchlpr
~/Library/Caches/com.techyutils.hlprUpdater
~/Library/Caches/com.techyutils.Photos-Duplicate
/Applications/Similar Photo Cleaner.app
~/Library/Preferences/com.techyutils.spchlpr.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.techyutils.Photos-Duplicate.plist

Do not install secondary programs advertised from a program that claims that your Mac has issues, albeit it cannot fix them alone.

Remove Similar Photo Cleaner PUP

If you want to remove the Similar Photo Cleaner unwanted software from your Mac machine we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac machines. The main goal of such a program is to scan your machine and terminate the files with malicious behavior and also clean up any malicious code in your repositories. In addition, with a specific anti-malware program, your computer will remain with a better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Similar Photo Cleaner and other threats.
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Manually delete Similar Photo Cleaner from your Mac

1. Uninstall Similar Photo Cleaner and remove related files and objects
2. Remove Similar Photo Cleaner – related extensions from your Mac’s browsers

Automatically remove Similar Photo Cleaner from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Similar Photo Cleaner, 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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Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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