Shortcut Commander Mac Malware

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Shortcut Commander

Shortcut commander is a rogue extension that redirects users to forced search engines, making it part of a browser hijacker suite. Shortcuts Commander’s behavior apparently started only recently.

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Shortcut commander’s homepage

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

There are all kinds of extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons that you can add to your browser for various reasons. Most of them are supposed to help with some aspect of your online browsing, to make your browser more secure, or to enhance that abilities of the browser. However, there is also a type of software known as browser hijackers, which are apps similar to regular browser extensions. However, there are several differences, and it is those differences that make the hijackers potentially unwanted. One thing that hijackers do, which most other extensions do not is enforce changes in the browser’s starting page, toolbar, new-tab page, or search engine. Now, many other browser extensions do that, but they also allow you to easily restore your old settings if you so desire. With a hijacker, you will usually not get such options. Page-redirects in your Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari (or another) browser that you may use are also likely to start to suddenly occur if a hijacker is present in the browser. Those page-redirects are usually aimed at promoting a certain site (such as Shortcut Commander) – a form of online advertisement. In fact, many hijackers are also known for generating ads from within the browser itself, and displaying them on the user’s screen during browsing time. Naturally, such ad generation could be quite irritating – in many cases, the ads would cover the exact part of the page you are on in which you are interested, and in order to get rid of the advert, you’d need to click on it. Clicking on the ad, however, is likely to redirect you to some other page, filled with more ads. There’s probably no need to go into any more detail about how annoying this could all be. However, there’s an even bigger problem with these ads, redirects, and browser changes. Due to all this unauthorized and uncontrolled activity of the hijacker, it is possible that you may get linked to some shady and unsafe online address. This, in turn, could greatly increase the chance of getting your system infected by viruses, Ransomware, Trojans, or of getting tricked by some phishing page that wants to know your credit/debit card numbers.

Shortcut Commander and Searchmine

Shortcut commander is reported to lead to the well-known Searchmine malware. This in particular takes Shortcut commander out of the ‘potentially unwanted’ type and straight into malware.

If you are here because you are frequently getting ads from Shortcut Commander, or because Shortcut Commander has suddenly become your browser’s default homepage, and you are unable to remove it or to stop the ads and the page-redirects, then you are advised to take a careful look at the guide below. If you want to get rid of the hijacker responsible for the promotion of the Shortcut Commander page and for the changes in your browser, you will need to meticulously complete all the steps from the guide in order to get the unwelcome app uninstalled. Another way of getting rid of the hijacker annoyance is by using a reliable removal tool that specializes in eliminating this type of invasive apps. One such tool that we recommend has been linked in the guide, so if the manual steps do not do the job in your case, or if you don’t want to go through the manual removal process, know that you can also use this removal tool as an alternative method of dealing with the hijacker.


Name Shortcut Commander
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Changes in the browser’s search engine, toolbar, and homepage give away the presence of most hijackers.
Distribution Method File-bundles are what’s usually used to spread apps of the hijacker category.
Detection Tool

Shortcut Commander Removal


The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.



Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.


Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove Shortcut Commander From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Shortcut Commander From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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