Search.installmac(.)com is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and specifically – a browser hijacker. It attaches itself to your browser, changes its homepage, the new tab, the search engine and adds a browser extension. You can be shown ads and even sponsored search results redirecting to websites with potentially malicious content.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser will be changed and you can be shown ads and sponsored sites from search results.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, search engine, new tab page and adds a browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search.installmac(.)com|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search.installmac(.)com.|
Search.installmac(.)com – Distribution
The Search.installmac(.)com browser hijacker is usually distributed with third-party installers. Without knowing, you can get the hijacker on your machine, because it can hide in freeware installations and bundled packages. In such packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed, and you can get deceived into installing PUPs like Search.installmac(.)com. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom setting in an installation setup to see what you are installing.
Another way of distribution for Search.installmac(.)com is if you visit suspicious sites or if you click on advertisements, pop-ups or banners. They might add a related browser extension or make modifications to your browser. That way you might see and constantly be redirected to the search.installmac(.)com page. All browsers can be affected, especially the most popular ones, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Search.installmac(.)com – In Detail
Search.installmac(.)com is a browser hijacker. It is developed by InstallMac, like other PUPs they have made in the past, such as Start Point. When installed on your computer, the hijacker changes the browser’s homepage, the new tab page, and the search engine. It may also install a browser add-on or an extension. Its official domain to which you can get redirected from the browser modifications is: Search.installmac(.)com.
While your browsers are hijacked, whenever you do a search, the results will go through the Search.installmac(.)com search filter. If you try doing a search or using the new tab page, sponsored and sometimes even misleading results may be shown. You may also see advertisements like pop-ups and banners being displayed. Sites, to which you may be redirected, can make revenue on a pay-per-click basis. These sites may also contain malware. In some cases you can be redirected to an edited version of various search engines like Yahoo, Bing, and Bit-search:
Some of the modifications of the edited search engines are missing features and added advertisements and toolbars in their place.
Remove Search.installmac(.)com Completely
To remove Search.installmac(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal guide below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and its modifications completely, you should search and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such a program will also keep your PC safe in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search.installmac(.)com in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Search.installmac(.)com.
Step 2: Remove Search.installmac(.)com from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Search.installmac(.)com and click “Remove”
After Search.installmac(.)com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Search.installmac(.)com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Search.installmac(.)com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Search.installmac(.)com
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search.installmac(.)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search.installmac(.)com will be removed.