Have you been struggling to remove Landslide Search from your Mac?
Landslide Search “Virus” App on Mac
Landslide Search is an application that is categorized as a potentially unwanted due to odd behavior noticed by users of popular computer systems like macOS and Windows. Typically, users install it without noticing the process. The moment they realize that Landslide “virus” is running on their computer is usually the moment they open a preferred web browser.
Further classification of Landslide Search is a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are potentially unwanted applications that alter main browser settings without asking users for permission. Their goal is to replace the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page with a hoax search engine so that they can start spying on affected users’ online behavior.
|Name||Landslide Search virus|
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Safari and Chrome browsers for Mac. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Landslide Search virus.|
Landslide Search Unwanted Mac App – Spreading and Impact Overview
As it became clear Landslide Search is a browser hijacker. However, most of the affected users considered it as a virus. That’s why it can be dubbed Landslide Search virus or Landslide Search Mac virus.
Sometimes browser hijackers like Landslide Search misuse the reputation of popular search engines like Bing and Yahoo in order to remain unnoticed on the system for a longer time. That’s the case with Landslide as well. Once installed the hijacker accesses instelled browsers to set the Yahoo search engine as their default search engine, homepage and new tab page.
One of the channels used for the propagation of Landslide virus is its official website landslidesearch.com
As promoted on the official website – Landslide search will give you the most accurate search results, so you’ll always get the best results. At what price?
Among the side effects of having Landslide Search installed on your Mac / Windows system are:
- Read and change your data on all landslidesearch.com sites
- Communicate with cooperating websites
- Change your search settings to: search.landslidesearch.com
In fact, as long as Landslide search is running on your PC it is able to collect various details that define your online behavior, system performance and technical state. As a result, your affected browsers may get flooded by many annoying online advertisements.
Do you really need a search engine pushed by a program that aims to spy on your online behavior and deliver annoying ads? Well, we know you don’t. Nobody does. Our online security should be a real concern on a daily basis as our devices store lots of valuable information about our lives.
Since the presence of the Landslide Search “virus” on your Mac may lead to some serious system security and privacy-related issues we advise you to navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.
How to Remove Landslide Search from Affected Browser and macOS
In order to remove Landslide Search along with all entries it created on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual Landslide Search removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Landslide Search virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Landslide Search virus 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Landslide Search virus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Landslide Search virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Landslide Search virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.