If you are wondering what SearchArchive is and how to remove this app from your Mac, then keep reading this guide.
SearchArchive Mac Adware
The name SearchArchive is one of those applications that land on Mac devices by tricking users to give their consent. So, probably, you don’t want this app on your Mac. SearchArchive is a potentially unwanted program that is configured to perform certain system and browser modifications without users’ knowledge. The reason why it affects macOS is that it aims to monetize its presence by generating intrusive ads. Sometimes apps like SearchArchive install unwanted browser extensions as well. By doing this, these apps become able to redirect browser homepage as well as every new tab you open to a hoax search engine or a legitimate-like one (Bing, Yahoo).
PUPs like SearchArchive are being spread via shady techniques like software packages, questionable websites and corrupted software installers. Since SearchArchive poses a certain danger to the security of your macOS, we recommend that you consider its immediate removal.
|Name||SearchArchive / Search Archive|
|Type||PUP, Adware, Hijacker|
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Mac systems and popular browsers installed on them including Safari, Chrome and Firefox. The program performs browser modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may load every time you start the affected Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites, Fake Software Updates|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SearchArchive.|
More Details About SearchArchive for Mac
SearchArchive seems like a normal app with useful features. However, it tends to show up on Mac devices without users’ knowledge. That’s why the program is classified as potentially unwanted.
Therefore, SearchArchive is not a computer virus as it does not damage the Mac operating system or personal files. However, as long as it is running on a macOS, the affected system is less secured and vulnerable to different malware infections.
The truth is that SearchArchive is a program which aims to deliver intrusive ads in browsers it affects. This enables its owners to earn money via the advertising model pay-per-click. To make you more prone to visit sponsored content, SearchArchive’s owners aim to deliver ads that match your online interests.
To identify your interests SearchArchive Mac app creates files which enable it to start spying on your online activities. Different tracking technologies may be collecing details about your online browsing and browser specifics.
The ads delivered by SearchArchive may be so intrusive that you may start noticing performance issues and even system freezes sometimes. Your favorite browser may be inundated with lots of annoying redirects to questionable websites, pop-ups and banners that present “special” offers. Beware with all such ads as the websites they link to may be hosting programs/files that can endanger the overall security of your Mac system. Sometimes deceptive websites are used for the spread of serious malware infections. Better refrain from visiting questionable sponsored content.
Even though SearchArchive is adware is not a malicious program, it can trick you into visiting hacked web pages. As a result, you may become a victim of a drive-by attack and then malware infection. That’s why we recommend the immediate removal of SearchArchive virus from your affected Mac and browser.
How to Remove SearchArchive from Mac
In order to remove SearchArchive along with all entries it creates on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. Some of the files associated with the adware cannot be removed manually except you are an experienced computer user. So the manual adware 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.
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 SearchArchive 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 SearchArchive 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 SearchArchive – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove SearchArchive files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SearchArchive, 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.