How to remove Smashapps.net redirect from Mac

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What is Smashapps.net?

Smashapps.net is a browser hijacker that targets only macOS devices. As a rule, it comes together with freeware programs without the user’s consent. This deceptive distribution method is called “bundling”. Once inside, it corrupts the browser’s settings so that the user is forced to perform searches via https://smashapps.net/ web-page. The malware creators lock the search domain to make users visit affiliate websites by providing inaccurate search results. If that is not enough Smashapps.net can collect data about your browsing activity and transfer them to third-parties. Therefore, we recommend you to remove Smashapps.net from your device asap.

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Also, you can try to remove Smashapps.net manually.

Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove Smashapps.net from Mac

Smashapps.net may not have the app associated with it in Applications. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones. Look for Smashapps.net or Smashapps.net.app.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall Smashapps.net or Smashapps.net Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application Smashapps.net from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

Step 2: Remove malicious entries from Profiles (Mac)

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Profiles.
  3. Click on unsigned and suspicious profiles on the left panel.
  4. Click the minus button below to delete rogue settings.

mac profiles

Step 3: Get rid of Smashapps.net using Terminal (only for Google Chrome)

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the following entries one by one each time by pressing “ENTER”:

    defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageIsNewTabPage -bool false
    defaults write com.google.Chrome NewTabPageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
    defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
    defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderSearchURL
    defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderNewTabURL
    defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderName

  3. Relaunch Chrome

Step 4: Delete Smashapps.net from browsers

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find Smashapps.net or other suspicious extensions.
  5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the Chrome menu (3-dots icon) in the top right corner.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Smashapps.net or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Smashapps.net or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 5: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on the Safari menu.
  3. Choose Reset Safari….
  4. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Safari.

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

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