Smarter HD Mac App “Virus” – How to Remove It

This is a blog post that has been specifically created in order to best explain what is Smarter HD Mac app and how you can fully remove it from your Mac.

Smarter HD is the name of an application for Mac that claims it can provide a smarter soltion for it. The main goal of Smarter HD could be however, to show different forms of advertised content on your Mac. These types of ads may lead to different websites of unknown origin, that may sometimes turn out to be very dangerous. Read this article to learn how to remove Smarter HD completely from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameSmarter HD Mac App
TypeUnwanted App for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAn ad-supported application that may display a lot of different ads to your computer.
SymptomsVarious types of pop-ups, redirects, banners and other ads may begin to show up.
Distribution MethodVia software bundling or another form of download.
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Smarter HD Mac App – Update October 2019

According to recent reports Smarter HD Mac App has been detected to still be active on users Macs and to be widespread via the most often used means of replication. Smarter HD Mac App can also be seen in new and different forms since its creators have attempted to update it in various different ways.

Smarter HD – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

There are several methods which could be undertaken by the developers of Smarter HD so that it could end up on your Mac. One of those methods is reported to be software bundling. The way it works, is Smarter HD could attach itself to the installer of another software, and it could begin to appear like the following:

Usually, such prompts that advertise Smarter HD as a free extra are effective method to slip past users who tend to fast-click their way through the installation process.

In addition to this, Smarter HD could also be downloaded from a website that is advertising it as a useful tool, aimed at improving the way you use your Mac.

Once Smarter HD has been installer, it may start to request and therefore obtain different permissions from your Mac, such as:

  • Tap into your browsing history.
  • Read and change data on the sites you visit.
  • Obtain data regarding your online activities.

The main idea behind those permissions is so that they can allow Smarter HD to modify Safari, Chrome, Firefox or other browsers you may have running on your Mac and use them to show different advertisements:

  • Pop-up ads.
  • Browser redirect adverts.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Online banner ads.
  • Push-notifications ads.

The ads that are shown by Smarter HD app on your computer may not all be safe. The main reason for that is that some of them could lead to dangerous websites, that can be:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Tech support scams.
  • Fake retailer sites.
  • Malicious sites, containing malware infecton scripts.
  • Javascript miner sites that could run a crypto miner that can slow down your Mac extensively.

Remove Smarter HD Virus from Your Mac

If you want to make sure that Smarter HD virus is fully erased from your Mac, we do recommend that you follow the removal instructions that we have posted for you underneath this article. They have been created with the idea in mind to help you delete Smarter HD step by step from your browsers and Mac altogether. Be advised, that security experts strongly recommend removing Smarter HD from your Mac automatically by using an advanced Mac cleaner software. Such anti-malware program can effectively detect and erase all of the malicious files from your Mac and make sure that you stop seeing risky ads.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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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 Smarter HD Mac App and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
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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 Smarter HD Mac App:

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 Smarter HD Mac App. 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 Smarter HD Mac App. 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 Smarter HD Mac App 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 Smarter HD Mac App. 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

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

Step 2: Remove Smarter HD Mac App – 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


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 Smarter HD Mac App 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 Smarter HD Mac App files from your Mac

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

Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Smarter HD Mac App:


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