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Remove SearchSkilledDat Undesired App on Mac

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SearchSkilledDat App on Mac

SearchSkilledDat is an app that you probably don’t want to be installed on your Mac operating system. However, it appears in the Applications list without users’ knowledge and permission. That’s why the program is classified as potentially unwanted. Furthermore, its unexpected appearance often makes users believe that their Macs are infected with a virus. The good news is that SearchSkilledDat is not a program that will damage your system and data. Since it still poses a certain danger to your online security and privacy we recommend that you consider its complete removal from the affected Mac device.

Threat Summary

NameSearchSkilledDat undesired app
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable application that affects browsers installed on Mac operating systems. Performs modifications of system and browser settings without your knowledge.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites, Fake Flash Player Updates
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SearchSkilledDat PUP – Spreading Techniques and Impact

The moment SearchSkilledDat gets installed on your Mac it alters some main Safari and Chrome settings. Since SearchSkilledDat is reported to be an adware program, it applies changes with the goal to become able to deliver sponsored content in affected browsers. Unfortunately, another issue that may occur after the installation of this undesired app is unsolicited data collection. Oftentimes, SearchSkilledDat lands on Macs without users’ knowledge, and that’s why they consider it as a virus.

Similar to other potentially undesired programs for Mac including macLauncher, NetDataSearch, and InnovativeShare SearchSkilledDat pretends to be a useful application that improves your browsing experience. In reality, all these apps have the primary goal to change the settings of commonly used web browsers on Mac (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera) and start delivering various bogus ads. The worst part is that all those troublesome modifications are applied without your knowledge or permission.

Once SearchSkilledDat has access to a target browser it becomes able to inject sponsored content during browsing sessions. The advertisements that may be displayed by this app may be of the following types:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Banners.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Push notifications.
  • Banners.

You have probably missed the moment when SearchSkilledDat got installed on your Mac. This can be explained by the fact that adware programs are usually spread via shady techniques like software bundling, corrupted freeware installers, fake software update notifications, various torrent files and others. All these techniques aim to trick users into installing potentially unwanted programs without noticing the installation process.

So it is very likely that you started the adware after finishing the installation process of another supposedly useful app. Unfortunately, it is a common issue that users agree with the installation of some usually undesired apps without noticing their presence in the installers of desired apps. That’s why the Advanced/Custom configuration option is always preferable. Sometimes this step reveals information about added apps that will be installed by default if you don’t opt-out of their installation. Eventually, by choosing the Advanced step you will prevent undesired apps from running on your Mac.

Security experts advise affected users to remove SearchSkilledDat and associated files from their affected Macs as soon as they detect their presence on the system.

How to Remove SearchSkilledDat from Affected Safari and macOS

In order to remove SearchSkilledDat adware along with all associated files, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual SearchSkilledDat removal might 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.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.

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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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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app 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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app:

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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app. 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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app. 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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app 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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app. 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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app – 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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app 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 SearchSkilledDat undesired app files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SearchSkilledDat undesired app, 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.


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