Net Toolbox Search is a search engine that installs itself on a browser you use as a default home page and search tool. Have you been wondering why Net Toolbox Search sneaked into your browser without your consent? Are you trying to find out why you are seeing ads associated with Net Toolbox Search on your Mac? Those are the reasons why many users call it the Net Toolbox Search Virus.
This article will provide you information about Net Toolbox Search and will help you to remove this browser hijacker efficiently. To delete Net Toolbox Search Search on Mac, follow the removal instructions given at the end of the article.
Net Toolbox Search Virus on Mac
The Net Toolbox Search is a Mac virus which has been spotted in an active campaign. It aims to infect web browsers and institute intrusive ads and other virus infections. What is particularly dangerous about this Net Toolbox Mac redirect is that it can take the form of a malicious web browser plugin or a phishing site portal. Mac users can get infected with it by interacting with phishing sites, email messages or downloading and running files of different types.
Once the Net Toolbox Search Virus is installed on a Mac the main malware may execute a lot of commands on the victim devices. This is the reason why we recommend that active infections are removed as quickly as possible to avoid further damage.
|Name||Net Toolbox Search|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and will display lots of advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and the new tab.|
|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 Net Toolbox Search.|
Net Toolbox Search Mac Virus
The Net Toolbox Search is a Mac virus which is of the browser hijacker type. This means that this it is a combination of a browser plugin and a hacker-controlled page. They are created by a hacking group that is yet unknown. This Mac virus can infect target computers using common infection strategies. The most popular way to install hijackers is to create such browser plugins which are to be spread on various sites: repositories, software download portals and landing pages. They are hosted on similar sounding domain names and can include content such as images and text that will manipulate the visitors into opening them and getting infected with the malware.
The Net Toolbox Search redirect code may also be integrated in carrier files which can be documents and software installers. They are asked as legitimate and useful data which are of user interest. This is intentional in order to send them easily over various phishing campaigns and other methods. The criminals can use email messages and software landing pages.
As soon as the Net Toolbox Search infection has been deployed on a given Mac computer it will start a sequence of malicious actions — they can vary depending on the local machine and hacker instructions. In most cases this will modify the browser options such as the default home page, search engine and new tabs page. This will make it so that the relevant page will be opened every time the browser is run.
The main issue with displaying hijacker sites like the Net Toolbox Search is that they will display ads, phishing redirects, affiliate links and other related content. In most cases they are also conduits of other viruses. Web threats are very likely to lead to cryptocurrency miners and Trojans — they are often carried by such hijackers. It is very possible that other malware actions are also run — editing of configuration files that may lead to data loss and performance issues.
How to Get Rid of Net Toolbox Search
To remove Net Toolbox Search manually from your Mac computer or any unwanted software from your Mac device we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac machines. The main goal of such a program is to scan your machine and terminate the files with malicious behavior and also clean up any malicious code in your repositories. In addition, with a specific anti-malware program, your machine will remain with better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.
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 Net Toolbox Search 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 Net Toolbox Search 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 Net Toolbox Search – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Net Toolbox Search files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Net Toolbox Search, 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.