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Lkysearchds Virus Removal for Mac (Safari, Chrome, Firefox)

This article aims to help you with the removal of Lkysearchds unwanted app on Mac. Follow the detailed removal guide at the end to get rid of Lkysearchdsds in full.

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Lkysearchds

Lkysearchds is a browser hijacker you may start noticing on your preferred web browser on Mac. The Lkysearchds is actually a part of various suspicious domains like Lkysearchdsds5012-a.akamaihd.net, Lkysearchdsds2467-a.akamaihd.net, Lkysearchdsds1086-a.akamaihd.net, Lkysearchdsds1503-a.akamaihd.net and so on. Its invasive behavior makes it a typical browser hijacker. Since many of the affected users consider it as a virus, here we want to explain what exactly Lkysearchds is and how it works. Long story short, Lkysearchdsds is related to an undesired Mac app that alters main browser settings to display ads in the browser and generate revenue for its developers. Additional issues that occur are unsolicited data collection and system slowdowns.

Threat Summary

NameLkysearchds virus
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionA questionable search engine that occupies main browser settings in order to spy on search queries and other details.
SymptomsMian browser settings are altered without your permission. Generates lots of annoying ads during browsing sessions.
Distribution MethodSoftware Bundles, Corrupted Installers, Fake Flash Player Updates, Deceptive Websites
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Lkysearchds Virus – Propagation and Impact

To define Lkysearchdsds more precisely we should say that it is a browser hijacker. The term Lkysearchds virus is used as a general one and it is not related to the essence of Lkysearchds type of infection. Lkysearchds behavior indicates that it is a browser hijacker that can sometimes be more persistent than typical browser hijackers.

A browser hijacker is a potentially unwanted program that lands on Mac operating systems without the knowledge of people who are using the system. Unnoticed installations of PUPs are a regular issue which many online users face at least once in their lifetimes. How does the installation of a potentially unwanted program like Lkysearchds happen?

Quite often, unnoticed installations of undesired apps happen after a download of some kind of free application. Unfortunately, there are many free apps with corrupted installers released on the web. Such apps aim to trick people into installing some added programs, typically potentially undesired programs like Lkysearchds, with the intent to monetize their presence on a given Mac operating system.

So it is very likely that you installed Lkysearchds the last time you were installing a desired program. The tricky part with third-party packages is that they do not disclose properly all details to users. The installers of such applications are designed in a way that added “extras” remain hidden and get installed by default at the same time. Happily, in some cases, you could prevent unwanted programs from accessing your Mac by choosing the Advanced/Custom configuration setup step. The information presented there may help you notice present PUPs on time and opt-out of their installation.

As identified, the so-called Lkysearchdsds virus affects Mac operating system and popular browsers installed on it including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Safari hijacked by lkysearchds mac virus

Once installed the hijacker alters main browser preferences in order to force browsers to redirect you to Lkysearchdsds – Akamaihd.net websites. Among the detected domains related to Lkysearchdsds virus infection are:

  • Lkysearchdsds5012-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds2467-a.akamaihd.net
  • lkysearchds4694-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds1086-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds1846-a.akamaihd.net
  • lkysearchhds1503-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds9437-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds1733-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds1283-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds7974-a.akamaihd.net
  • Lkysearchdsds4407-a.akamaihd.net

Apparently Lkysearchds browser hijacker has numerous variants of landing pages all associated with the legitimate service Akamaihd.net

Beware as all questionable web pages generated by Lkysearchdsds present misleading information in an attempt to make you install another rogue/malicious application like browser extension or hoax software cleaner. The best you can do when a redirect loop opens a Lkysearchdsds virus page in your browser is to close the whole browser and proceed with thorough removal of undesired files and programs from the system. During the removal, you should fix altered browser settings as well. Our guide will reveal all steps needed for the complete removal of Lkysearchdsds virus on Mac.

Yet another considerable reason to scan the system for any present potentially undesired apps is the fact that most of them are collecting data from systems and browsers they affect. By activating different tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons, scrip, etc. browser hijackers like Lkysearchdsds harvest details like:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)

In order to stop unsolicited data collection, avoid annoying browser redirects and minimize the risk of severe malware infections, it is recommendable to remove Lkysearchds Mac virus from both affected system and browser.

Remove Lkysearchds Virus from Mac

In order to remove Lkysearchds Mac virus 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 Lkysearchds virus 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, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Preparation Phase:

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 Lkysearchds virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Lkysearchds virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Lkysearchds virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Lkysearchds virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Lkysearchds 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Lkysearchds virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove Lkysearchds virus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

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5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Lkysearchds virus will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove Lkysearchds virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Lkysearchds 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.


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