SearchPrimary troubling your Mac system? SearchPrimary is an unwanted application. SearchPrimary gets into a Mac computer without notifying the user.
SearchPrimary PUP on MAC
SearchPrimary can be found bundled with other software. In this way, the malware can get inside a computer system without the knowledge or permission of the computer’s owner. Various advertisements could also appear as a result. Adding to that, scare messages might appear trying to trick Mac users into installing other PUPs or tamper with browser search results. If you have SearchPrimary installed on your Mac, then know that pop-ups and alert notifications that have no obvious source might be stemming from this software.
|Short Description||SearchPrimary is a PUP. It is known to be bundled with other unwanted software and it could come with applications which might put various advertisements and scare messages, trying to trick you to install more apps.|
|Symptoms||Pop-up boxes, messages, and alerts appear on your Mac machine. Your applications freeze and you have to manually force quit them and restart to get a response from your machine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Suspicious Sites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SearchPrimary.|
SearchPrimary – What Is It and Why Are My Applications Frozen?
The SearchPrimary unwanted application is being effectively distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. You can get your Mac affected by it without even being aware, that the SearchPrimary has installed on your machine with a freeware installation or bundled package. You might avoid this, by unchecking options under the Advanced or Custom tab of an installation suite. Visiting suspicious sites, for instance a site hosting programs that sound helpful by description is one way to get this inside your computer system.
Similar threats made for Mac machines are circling the Web as you can see below:
SearchPrimary is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is known to have been connected to lots of applications which are considered PUPs and also pushes advertisements along via other applications. The PUP is known to show advertising pop-ups and freeze your Mac applications.
SearchPrimary could show a reasonably convincing, but fake variant of the normal OS X dialog message box which says that no suitable app is installed. All these programs have a valid, Apple-provided developer certificate, thus macOS will install them without prompting a warning or a notification of any sort.
Above you can see how the logo of how the application looks like. The above extension might be present, related to the unwanted application, which in turn could be installing more junk on your Mac machine.
Refrain from clicking on suspicious advertisements and links that can pop up. You should also be wary of what information you give out to search engines and websites. In case you do not like the idea of any information to be acquired about you by this browser hijacker redirect or its services, you should consider removing it.
Remove SearchPrimary PUP from Your Mac
If you want to remove the SearchPrimary unwanted software from your Mac machine we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac systems. With a specific anti-malware program, your computer will remain with a better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.
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 SearchPrimary 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 SearchPrimary 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 SearchPrimary – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove SearchPrimary files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SearchPrimary, 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.