Smarter HD Mac App “Virus” – How to Remove It (Illustrated Guide)

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

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

Get rid of Smarter HD Mac App from Mac OS X.

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!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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: 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. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.

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

Remove Smarter HD Mac App 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 Smarter HD Mac App 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.

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

Uninstall Smarter HD Mac App 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.

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

Delete Smarter HD Mac App 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.


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 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.

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

Eliminate Smarter HD Mac App 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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