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Remove Search.kiboletshual.com – Mac Instructions

Has search.kiboletshual.com taken over your Safari or Chrome browser without you noticing it? If so, know that you have been affected by a redirect “virus”.

Search.kiboletshual.com also known as simply Kiboletshual could have been triggered by a potentially unwanted application (PUA) or adware.

Search.kiboletshual.com “Virus”

This type of intrusive software changes the settings of your default browser to display search.kiboletshual.com each time you try to open Google or another search engine of your choice. Another side effect of having the search.kiboletshual.com redirect “virus” is the display of pop-up ads.

There is a particular reason why you have Kiboletshual installed on your Mac. Read this article to learn more about it, as well as how to rid your system of the annoying redirect.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.kiboletshual.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable platform for app developers and a search engine.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search engine in your default web browser are set to display search.kiboletshual.com.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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What is search.kiboletshual.com? Why do I have search.kiboletshual.com set as my default search engine?

According to the description provided on the official page, Kiboletshual is a platform that “stems from years of experience with installing applications, resulting in a highly optimized process, yielding faster downloads, a better user experience and more successful installations”. The platform also provides services for developers of Mac applications:

Kiboletshual is a network specializing in Mac software distribution, from download to successful installation, and as such, offering a better way for you to reach the Mac software community.

Kiboletshual is also advertosed as an installer used for the delivery and installation platform of various apps. The purpose of the platform should be to optimize the installation of software applications developed by various undisclosed software vendors. The platform can be bundled with various adware apps and may redirect multiple advertisements. According to its privacy policy:

During installation, We may offer you to install additional softwares (the “Offers” or “Additional Softwares“), developed and/or published by other ISVs. In addition, We may offer you to change your homepage or your default search provider. You may decline any of our offers, including The Offers, and may decide to cancel the installation.

In other words, you could have installed a PUA (potentially unwanted application) which is a partner of the suspicious platform, and as a result, you got your default search engine changed to search.kiboletshual.com.

Because of this behavior, Kiboletshual can be considered a browser hijacker designed to alter the settings of your default browser without your knowledge or permission.

Also note that the platform may be able to collect various details about your browsing habits, including:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

To avoid the installation of any software stemming from Kiboletshual, you should play close attention. Freeware you recently downloaded from software download pages could have been bundled with Kiboletshual. As explained in its Terms of Use, the developers of the platform “may offer you to change your homepage or your default search provider. You may decline any of our offers, including The Offers, and may decide to cancel the installation.” In other words, paying attention to the installation setups of freeware could spare you from having to deal with Kiboletshual.

A platform which seems almost idential to Kiboletshual is Pizgetz.

How to Remove Kiboletshual and Search.kiboletshual.com

In order to remove Search.kiboletshual.com and the associated unwanted program, along with all its associated files, you should complete several removal steps. The guide below offers manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of the files installed by PUAs, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual removal may 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.

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Preparation Phase:

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 Search.kiboletshual.com 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 Search.kiboletshual.com:

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 Search.kiboletshual.com. 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 Search.kiboletshual.com. 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 Search.kiboletshual.com 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 Search.kiboletshual.com. 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: Remove Search.kiboletshual.com – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

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

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

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

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

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

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

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

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

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


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

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

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

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


Step 3: Scan for and remove Search.kiboletshual.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.kiboletshual.com, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Search.kiboletshual.com:


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