Selectmaker Mac "Virus" — How to Remove It (Update August 2019)
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Selectmaker Mac “Virus” — How to Remove It (Update August 2019)

Update August 2019. What is SelectMaker? Is SelectMaker a virus or is it safe? How to remove SelectMaker and it’s pop-ups?

The SelectMaker Mac “Virus” is a redirect which targets users worldwide aiming to infect as many victims as possible. It will pose as a legitimate tool for Apple’s operating system. It can be acquired through various methods and its main form as a hijacker which is a browser-based threat that aims to extract sensitive user data and change important settings. In most cases the MatchKnowledge infections will cause malicious redirects and other infections. Read this article to fully understand how you can remove MatchKnowledge from your computer.

Threat Summary

NameSelectMaker
TypePUP/Hijacker for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to slither on your computer as a seemingly useful app, but in reality fills it with pesky ads and pop-ups.
SymptomsSlow performance, a lot of ads and SelectMaker being installed as an extension or an app, that is difficult to delete.
Distribution MethodLikely via bundling or websites advertising it.
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SelectMaker – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

SelectMaker is one of those browser hijacking apps for Mac. We have seen many like it over time, for example the weknow.ac virus, the Task Fresh adware, Safe Finder for Mac and many others.

The SelectMaker threat is a dangerous Mac redirect which can be installed via a variety of ways. One of the most popular ways is by uploading malicious web browser extensions which are uploaded to their relevant repositories using fake user reviews and developer identities. They will propose new features additions and performance optimization.

SelectMaker Mac “Virus” samples can also acquired via dangerous application installers and macro-infected documents. They are often found on scam sites and file-sharing networks. The phishing contents that is made by the hackers can be of two forms — mails and hacker-made sites. They are usually hosted on domain names that sound similar to well-known services and companies.

As soon as it is installed the SelectMaker Mac “Virus” will start to execute its intended malicious actions. As most of the infections originate from web browser plugins they will directly start to harvest the stored content: history, cookies, bookmarks, settings and stored credentials. These plugins can also lead to the virus execution such as the following:

  • System Manipulation — The SelectMaker Mac “Virus” can be used to modify the settings of the operating system. This can install it as a persistent threat ans also lead to problems like data loss and unexpected errors.
  • Browser Redirect — The SelectMaker Mac “Virus” can be programmed to change the settings of the web browsers in order to redirect the victims to a certain hacker-controlled page. It is used to present many intrusive advertising and also malicious scripts.
  • Additional Payload Delivery — The threat can also be programmed to deploy other malware to the victim systems such as the following: miners, Trojans, redirects and etc.

At the moment it is not known whether or not the SelectMaker Mac “Virus” is being spread by an individual hacker or a criminal group. This leads us to believe that newer campaigns can include other mechanisms as well.

Remove SelectMaker from Your Mac

The SelectMaker app can be removed if you follow the removal instructions below. They have been made to help you uninstall this software step by step. For faster results and maximum effectiveness, we strongly recommend that you download a professional malware cleanup software. Such tool will not only save you a lot of manual removal time, but will also fully remove SelectMaker and secure your device.

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Get rid of SelectMaker from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall SelectMaker 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 SelectMaker:

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 SelectMaker. 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 SelectMaker. 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 SelectMaker 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 SelectMaker. 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 SelectMaker files from your Mac

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


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