The app NetModuleSearch is programed to adjust main preferences on browsers installed on macOS. The program aims to deliver intrusive ads and redirect browsers to bogus websites. See how to remove this potentially unwanted program and secure your system.
NetModuleSearch is the name of an adware program that lands on Mac devices without being noticed. It is often considered to be a virus but is in fact flagged as a potentially unwanted program by reputable anti-malware software. The good news is that NetModuleSearch is not a program that corrupts personal files or essential system settings. However, it still poses a certain danger to the overall system security.
Keep up with our NetModuleSearch adware removal guide and find out how to get rid of all potentially harmful files. The steps in this guide are applicable to all Mac operating system versions.
NetModuleSearch Adware Summary
|Name||NetModuleSearch / Net Module Search|
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Mac systems and popular browsers installed on them including Safari, Chrome and Firefox. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||Browser preferences may be altered without your permission. You may face difficulties while trying to restore browser settings. 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, Shady Websites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss NetModuleSearch Adware.|
NetModuleSearch Mac Adware
NetModuleSearch is a undesired app that is programmed to act like an adware. Once it accesses a macOS or a browser installed on the system, it applies changes that enable it to start delivering intrusive ads. These ads have the purpose to generate revenue for NetModuleSearch’s developers. Like many other nasty adware/browser hijacker apps that target Mac operating systems (Search Pulse, Receiver Helper, and Navlibx) NetModuleSearch lands on macOS without users’ knowledge. How this adware gets installed on Macs is via shady spread techniques like software bundles, software packages, scam websites, misleading ads, and so on.
As typical potentially unwanted program, NetModuleSearch is likely to drop and run different tracking technologies and start spying on your online behavior. Eventually, the program may start collecting data like:
- Browsing history.
- Clicks on links.
- Visited websites.
- Type of used browser.
- Operating system type.
- Internet protocol (IP) address.
- Geographic location.
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP).
Harvested data will be transferred to NetModuleSearch’s servers. Then the owners of the program become able to misuse it for their business purposes which may include advertising campaigns, direct revenue or deals with third-parties. Either way, the sooner you prevent NetModuleSearch adware from harvesting any details from the affected browser the better for your privacy and online security.
All popular browsers including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera may be compromised and inundated with all suspicious ads as well. An unwanted extension may be added to target browsers in order that it can modify main preferences including the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine. Browser hijackers like Safe Finder are often distributed via unwanted apps like the discussed one. This issue may be hard to fix as every time you try to adjust your browser preferences, they may get affected again.
NetModuleSearch may not be a virus but its presence on your Mac may lead to serious issues that affect both system and personal data security. To avoid such unpleasant consequences, navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.
How to Remove NetModuleSearch Mac Adware and Secure macOS
In order to remove NetModuleSearch 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 NetModuleSearch 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. We would strongly suggest that you use professional anti-malware software. Such a program aims to scan for malicious files and delete them from your machine. It will keep your macOS protected against intrusive apps in the future as well.
Notice: Before manually removing files or folders on your Mac, make sure to identify the accurate components of NetModuleSearch, because deleting other apps’ files or system settings files by mistake may trigger malfunction of installed apps or even your system.
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 NetModuleSearch Adware 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 NetModuleSearch Adware 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 NetModuleSearch Adware – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove NetModuleSearch Adware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as NetModuleSearch Adware, 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.