How to Remove Search Pulse "Virus" App in Full from Mac

How to Remove Search Pulse “Virus” App in Full from Mac

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This article aims to help you with the removal of Search Pulse from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of this annoying website in full.

SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in August 2018. But we gave it an update in August 2019.

Search Pulse is a browser extension that could find a way to your system without notifying you of its installation. Even though it claims to be a search manager that improves your browsing experience it is a bogus app that attempts to harvest specific data from affected browsers and then provides it to its unknown owners. Along with this, it could be used for the delivery of many annoying ads directly in the browser. Thus, Search Pulse is considered to be a potentially unwanted program that is better to be removed from the affected system and browser as soon as possible.

Threat Summary

NameSearch Pulse
Short DescriptionAn undesired app that invades your system without your knowledge and starts to flood browsing sessions with lots of annoying ads, redirects, pop-ups, etc.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to dislay the main page of a browser hijacker. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search Pulse – How Did I Get It

As an unwanted application Search Pulse is being distributed via shady techniques that trick you into installing it without noticing it. It is most likely that freeware installers and bundled packages are used for its spread. So you may have unnoticeably installed it on your Mac along with another desired app. This nasty side effect usually happens due to the fact that the existence of additional and potentially undesired apps is not disclosed properly in the regular steps of the installer. Sometimes this can be avoided with a check of the information presented in the Advanced or Custom configuration option. There you may find out any app you don’t need and opt out its installation.

Suspicious sites are another source for the distribution of PUPs like Search Pulse. A single visit of such a site can lead to the installation of a rogue program on your Mac.

The official website of this deceptive app is another spread channel for its configuration files:

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Search Pulse – More Information

Once started on your Mac the undesired app Search Pulse and its associate files alter main settings of target browsers. In fact, Search Pulse can perform all of the following actions once it gains access to a target browser:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Communicate with cooperating websites
  • Change your search engine to:
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

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After all these issues occur Search Pulse becomes able to collect various sensitive details from the affected browser and keep a record of them on its servers. All of the following details may be collected by the app and used by its unknown owners:

  • Browsing history
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)

As it appears the nasty app is also able to replace your default search engine with the doubtful website that in turn is considered to be a browser hijacker. The searching services provided by this hijacker may present you misleading content and flood the results with lots of sponsored content.

Other types of ads may be also injected into the browser by Search Pulse including pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, redirects, and in-text links. As a consequence, the performance of your system may be slowed down.

Remove Search Pulse In Full from Mac

In order to remove Search Pulse and all associated files from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Search Pulse. The results enable you to access and remove all harmful files from the infected PC. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may have different names than Search Pulse.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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