This article informs users about Searchmine.net redirect and provides help for the removal process of all suspicious and potentially undesired files from the affected system.
The domain Searchmine.net is used by a deceptive search engine that forces users into using its hoax searching services. Even though it is considered to be a computer virus by many, it is classified as a browser hijacker. As a typical browser hijacker, it sneaks into the system and then unnoticeably alters main browser settings including those of the homepage, new tab page and default search engine. As long as this undesired program has access to both your Mac and preferred web browser (Chrome Safari, Firefox, etc.) it is likely to be spying on your online activities in order to make you a target of aggressive advertising campaigns.
|Type||Redirect, Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A hoax search enigne that redirects browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine to its main page.|
|Symptoms||Main browser preferences are altered without your knowledge. Searchmine.net appears as browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. 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 Searchmine.net |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Searchmine.net.|
Searchmine.net Redirect – Spread and Impact
The most likely reason why you keep experiencing redirects to the deceptive search engine Searchmine.net while you are browsing the web is a potentially unwanted program that had managed to land on your Mac and tricked you into installing it. Such programs are usually spread via the installers of various free and supposedly useful applications. Unfortunately, you could easily miss their presence as most of the installers are designed in a way that conceals the presence of added extras. Happily, in some cases, you could prevent unwanted programs from accessing your Mac by reviewing the Advanced/Custom configuration setup step. The information presented on this step may help you catch the PUP on time and opt out its installation.
Searchmine.net redirect virus tends to affect popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari. Considered to be a virus by many, Searchmine.net is classified as a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are undesired programs that change browser preferences without users’ knowledge. So once it manages to run its files on your macOS, Searchmine.net redirect initiates some changes that affect main browser settings.
After the undesired program applies the changes, it becomes able to force you into using its deceptive services. It starts redirecting your homepage to its main page. Appears in every new browser tab and hijacks the default search engine. Here is how the homepage of a Safari browser affected by Searchmine.net looks like:
Even though Searchmine.net redirect is not a virus hence it is not designed to cause damage to your Mac, once it gains access to your browser it becomes able to perform unsolicited data collection. By activating different tracking technologies, the redirect becomes able to spy on various activities you perform online. All data records will be transferred to a connected remote server. As a consequence, the owners of this nasty program may use the data for their advertising and business purposes.
So it is very likely that your affected browser will be flooded with numerous online ads. Since these ads could appear on each page you visit, you may notice that your browser is becoming slower than usual. One more thing that you should know about these ads is the risk of malware infections they hide. Many cybercriminals infect their malicious code into web pages promoted by hijackers like Searchmine.net. So in case that such a page somehow loads in your browser, it could deliver and activate any severe malware as Trojan horse directly on your Mac.
How to Remove Searchmine.net Redirect from Your Mac
In order to remove Searchmine.net 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 this particular undesired program and strengthen the security of your device we recommend you to combine the steps. Have in mind that installed files associated with this redirect virus may be detected with names different than Searchmine.net.
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.