A domain, called Macsafesearch.net was reported to spread the Mac Safe Search browser extension. The browser extension has been classified as a potentially unwanted program, whose main purpose is to flood victimised computers with ads of all types, like redirects and other forms of advertisements. The Mac Safe Search “Virus” may also cause redirects and ads to sites that may be harmful for users and this is why its removal is strongly advisable. If you want to remove the Macsafesearch.net hijacker, we strongly suggest you to download the following types of files from your computer.
|Name||Mac Safe Search|
|Type||Browser Hijacker for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to perform set of activities that lead to a lot of ads popping out and the victim PC slowing down.|
|Symptoms||Your default search page is changed to macsafesearch.net and your computer may slow down plus a lot of ads may appear.|
|Distribution Method||Via false advertising on sites or via software bundling.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Mac Safe Search.|
Mac Safe Search -How Did I Get It
To get into your computer, Mac Safe Search may be advertised as a program that is seeming aiming to improve the way you search on your Mac. But instead of a “safe” search, you get a lot of ads and other types of third-party content that may turn to be the exact opposite of safe.
The Mac Safe Search may also come bundled into the installers of various third-party software installers. These installers are usually belonging to programs, that are usually downloaded from third-party software providing sites. Mac Safe Search may be advertised on those programs by being useful free extras coming along with the installers.
Mac Safe Search – More Information
When Mac Safe Search is added to your Mac, it may immediately change your home page to macsafesearch.net. The outcome of this is that Mac Safe Search could begin to display third-party search results on your computer that may lead to sites other than official Google results. The bad news here is that the website macsafesearch.net may not be encrypted and your connection to it is not secure:
In addition to this, the site may also employ multiple different cookies to track your information:
The data that may be tracked by Mac Safe Search could be information that is related to:
- Your browsing history.
- Sites you have bookmarked.
- Clicks you’ve made.
- Searches you’ve made.
This data may be used to show custom ads that are generated specifically so that you can click on them. The ads that may be shown by Mac Safe Search PUP could be of the following types:
- Ad-supported search results.
The outcome of these ads may be that you may get transferred to websites which you do not want visiting. Those sites may not only be unfamiliar sites, but they could also turn out to be sites with low reputation, scamming sites, phishing sites and even malicious sites that may furhter comrpomise your Mac by malware. This is the main reason to avoid such sites on your computer.
Remove Mac Safe Search from Your Mac
In order to remove the Mac Safe Search from your Mac, we suggest that you follow the removal steps underneath this article. They have been created with the main goal to help you delete this unwanted program either manually or help you save some time and download an advanced anti-malware software to remove Mac Safe Search automatically. Such software aims to detect and remove all files, belonging to unwanted apps, like Mac Safe Search and all malicious files from your Mac, plus ensure that your computer is protected against any future infections too.
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 Mac Safe 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 Mac Safe 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 Mac Safe Search – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Mac Safe Search files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Mac Safe 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.