How to remove Similar Photo Cleaner Virus on Mac

This page aims to help you remove Similar Photo Cleaner. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Nobody enjoys getting their browser screen flooded with irritating and obstructive advertising materials on a regular basis and yet, millions of users all over the globe are dealing with this exact same issue without even realizing what’s causing it. Of course, in many cases, the cause behind the intrusive ads-generation would be a certain website that the user is visiting at the given moment. This, however, is not always the case. Sure, sometimes you might go to a site and immediately get your browser bombarded with all kinds of flashy offers that would not leave you alone until you close the given site but in many cases, the adverts, the page redirects and the flashy and colorful banners and box messages would actually be coming from your Chrome, IE or Firefox browser (or any other browser you are using at the moment) since they are caused by a specific piece of software that has embedded itself in your browsing program and is using it as a platform for distributing its ads. Such software pieces are usually referred to adware and even if you have never ever heard of them before, it’s highly likely that you have faced them at a certain point even without knowing it.

Adware apps are not like viruses (although many people call them that) in the sense that they aren’t normally supposed to harm your PC system in any way nor are they intended to spy on you, steal your or encrypt your data or carry out any other form of cyber crime that is typical for actual nasty viruses like Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, Worms and so on. That said, adware apps are still not something you’d enjoy having on your PC. As said above, they are quite invasive and irritating and you are likely not going to be able to normally surf the Internet if one such software piece has managed to attach itself to your browser.

This is what brings us to the main topic of this write-up – Similar Photo Cleaner. Similar Photo Cleaner is, for all intents and purposes, a piece of adware. Just like other adware apps, it can spam you with nagging ads and would continue to do so until it is fully removed from the system which is also why we have made sure to offer you are guide for eliminating it: 

If you make sure to closely follow the steps offered in the guide from this page, you will most likely manage to quickly take away the pesky Similar Photo Cleaner without much difficulty and without risking any system damage. However, if any of you feel like you might not be able to fully handle the instructions from the guide, know that you can instead use the suggested removal tool for unwanted programs available in the guide as an alternative way of eliminating the unwanted adware. Still, no matter what your removal method of choice is, we strongly advise you to make sure that Similar Photo Cleaner is removed from your system not only because it is an irritating piece of software but also due to the possibility that, due to its presence on your computer, you PC might potentially get exposed to a number of online threats.

What are the dangers associated with having adware on your PC?

Even if here we aren’t talking about virus programs like Trojans or Ransomware, it’s worth noting that adware apps are still quite undesirable. After all, their uncontrolled and highly-aggressive display of ads on your screen is surely not something that can be regarded as safe. It’s a widely-known fact that many malware viruses actually get distributed through different forms of online advertising and misleading Internet offers, download requests and other similar forms of web content. With that in mind, it should be rather obvious why it’s simple better if no adware app is allowed to remain on your computer and in your browser.

But how to keep the PC clean in the future?

Basic safety rules such as avoiding anything that could be spam and staying away from shady sites that tend to generate a lot of questionable advertising materials ought to be applied here. Also, you must be very selective with regards to the download sources and the developers of the software that you use. Another thing oftentimes forgotten or outright ignored by many is the importance of making sure to check any new program that you are about to install for potentially unwanted components bundled with its installer. The best way to do that is by accessing the Advanced setup menu and taking a look at the settings there. If you notice that there are any added apps that look unwanted or any optional clauses that allow possibly undesirable changes to your browser, be sure to uncheck them prior to launching the installation.

Similar Photo Cleaner Removal

Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.

Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.


Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.


Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.


Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.

In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.


Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.

If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.

Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.


Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.

For Chrome users

Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.

For Firefox users

Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.

For IE users

When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.


Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.

If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.

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