This article presents information about Optimalsearch.me and provides a thorough Mac removal guide for the browser redirect.
Optimalsearch.me is questionable search engine that forces users into using its hoax services. It is classified as a browser hijacker. As a typical browser hijacker, it lands on the system without being noticed and then alters main browser settings. Essential settings including those of the homepage, new tab page and default search engine may be hijacked by this hoax search engine. As long as this undesired program has access to your Mac and preferred web browser (Chrome Safari, Firefox, etc.) it is likely to be able to spy on your online activities so it can easily make you a target of aggressive advertising campaigns.
|Type||Redirect, Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A hoax search enigne that hijacks browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine without your knowledge and permission.|
|Symptoms||Main browser preferences are altered without your knowledge. Increased number of online ads cause significant browser slowdowns.|
|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 Optimalsearch.me.|
Optimalsearch.me Redirect – Spread and Impact
Optimalsearch.me is classified as a browser hijacker. It tends to affect popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari. Browser hijackers are potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that affect operating systems by altering some essential browser settings.
Typically, the spread of PUPs is realized via software bundles. Unfortunately, there are many free apps that feature potentially undesired extras in their installers. The tricky part is that you could easily miss noticing added extras as the installers are often designed to hide them in the Advanced/Custom configuration option. So a way to prevent your Mac from being affected by browser hijackers like Optimalsearch.me is practicing caution while installing new apps. Always read carefully all details in their installers and opt out the installation of any present unwanted additional apps.
As soon as Optimalsearch.me is installed, it accesses installed target browsers and changes your browser preferences. The process usually happens without your knowledge or permission. After the undesired program applies the changes, it becomes able to force you into using its deceptive services.
It starts to load as a homepage, appears in every new browser tab and hijacks the default search engine. Here is how Optimalsearch.me transforms the homepage of an affected Firefox browser:
It appears that Optimalsearch.me may be referred to the so-calledBing redirect virus as the hijacker is set to redirect all entered searches to Bing search engine.
Even though Optimalsearch.me is not malware as it does not cause severe damage to your Mac, once installed on it the undesired program may activate tracking technologies. As a result, it may become able to perform unsolicited data collection. Hence various online activities, as well as system characteristics, may be harvested and transferred to remote servers. As a consequence, the owners of this nasty program may misuse the data for their advertising and business purposes.
It is very likely that your affected browser will be flooded with numerous online ads as well. Since these ads could appear on every web page you visit, your browser may become slower than usual. Another thing you should know about these ads is that some of them pose a serious risk to your macOS security. Many cybercriminals inject their malicious code into online web pages and set them to trigger a background download process as soon as someone loads them in a web browser. So in the event that you happen to open such a page in your browser, it could deliver and activate a severe malware such as Trojan or ransomware directly on your Mac.
How to Remove Optimalsearch.me Redirect from Your Mac
In order to remove Optimalsearch.me redirect along with all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of present undesired programs and strengthen the security of your device, we recommend that you combine the steps. Have in mind that installed files associated with this redirect may be detected with names different than Optimalsearch.me.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.
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 Optimalsearch.me 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 Optimalsearch.me 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 Optimalsearch.me – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Optimalsearch.me files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Optimalsearch.me, 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.