Remove Optimalsearch.me Redirect (Mac)
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Remove Optimalsearch.me Redirect (Mac)

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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.

Threat Summary

NameOptimalsearch.me
TypeRedirect, Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionA hoax search enigne that hijacks browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine without your knowledge and permission.
SymptomsMain browser preferences are altered without your knowledge. Increased number of online ads cause significant browser slowdowns.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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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:

remove optimalsearch me mac removal guide

It appears that Optimalsearch.me may be referred to the so-called

Bing 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.

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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Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Optimalsearch.me from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Optimalsearch.me 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 Optimalsearch.me:

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 Optimalsearch.me. 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 Optimalsearch.me. 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 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:

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 Optimalsearch.me. 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: 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. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Optimalsearch.me from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


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


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


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


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Optimalsearch.me from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


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


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


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



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Optimalsearch.me from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Delete Optimalsearch.me from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


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


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Optimalsearch.me 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.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Optimalsearch.me from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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