SaveOnMac Adware - Remove from Your Mac
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SaveOnMac Adware – Remove from Your Mac

This article’s goal is to help Mac users understand what SaveOnMac is and what to do, if it has been installed on their systems. Being an adware program, SaveOnMac generates unwanted and often intrusive pop-up ads and interferes with the safe browsing of the user. SaveOnMac has been developed with the sole purpose of generating ad revenue for its creators.

However, since it involves the display of unwanted and unknown ads, there are associated risks. From these ads, you may be redirected to pages laden with malware. Adware programs such as SaveOnMac, and generally potentially unwanted programs, may be linked with collection of user data and user behavior patterns, and sharing this information with unknown third parties. To avoid any risk, read this article carefully and make sure to remove the adware from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameSaveOnMac
TypeAdware
Short DescriptionA program that delivers lots of intrusive advertisements within the browser.
SymptomsBrowser slowdowns could occur due to the increased number of ads generated by the adware.
Distribution MethodSoftware bundles; Corrupted installers; Deceptive web pages
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SaveOnMac Adware General Description

Adware programs typically display ads and coupons for websites related to online shopping. The ads may seem convincing, offering you various discounts and deals on items you want to purchase. However, don’t be fooled – such programs can be quite intrusive and persistent.

Once this piece of adware is installed and started on your Mac, it is highly likely to initiate a series of modifications, including browser settings that will enable the generation of said advertisements. Furthermore, the program may also be able to affect the settings of popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Some of the ads delivered by the adware could present phrases like:

  • Advert from SaveOnMac
  • Powered by SaveOnMac
  • Ad by SaveOnMac
  • Advertisement by SaveOnMac
  • Brought to you by SaveOnMac

As of their type they could be pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, scroll boxes, videos, images and other. These ads could generate revenue to the adware’s operators.

Having adware installed and running on your Mac is also associated with further risks. First, adware such as SaveOnMac could worsen your browser, which in turn could diminish significantly your browsing experience. And second, some of the ads may redirect you to poorly secured web pages compromised by hackers.

SaveOnMac Distribution Techniques

Since SaveOnMac is ad-supported and potentially unwanted, it may have infiltrated your Mac via tricky methods such as software bundling in freeware packages. If you have downloaded a piece of freeware from the Web, you may have installed the adware yourself without even noticing it. It may have sneaked into your system via corrupted pages as well.

When an adware or PUP is distributed in software bundles and free third-party apps, it is often hidden in the Advanced/Custom configuration step of the installer. However, the unwanted program may not be mentioned in the installer at all.

Another possible distribution technique that may have installed SaveOnMac on your device includes compromised web pages laden with bad code.

SaveOnMac Removal Instructions

In order to remove SaveOnMac adware and all associated files from your Mac, consider following the steps below the article. There, you are presented with both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined could help you to secure your device and keep it safe in the future.

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Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of SaveOnMac from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac:

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 SaveOnMac. 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 SaveOnMac. 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 SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac. 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 SaveOnMac files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SaveOnMac, 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 SaveOnMac 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.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac 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.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate SaveOnMac 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.


SaveOnMac FAQ

What is SaveOnMac?

Be advised, that SaveOnMac is classified as a virus-like, 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 SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac a Virus?

The SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac?

SaveOnMac 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, SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac, 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 SaveOnMac from my Mac?

To get rid of SaveOnMac 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 SaveOnMac could be residing. It will also make sure that SaveOnMac 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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