Search.friendlysocket.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.friendlysocket.com?

Identical to search.cucumberhead.com, search.listchack.com, search.smacklek.com, and dozens of other bogus sites, search.friendlysocket.com is a fake Internet search engine claiming to improve the web browsing experience by generating the most relevant search results. These false claims often trick users into believing that search.friendlysocket.com is a legitimate website, however, developers promote this site using deceptive app 'installers' that stealthily modify web browser settings. Furthermore, this bogus website continually records various information relating to users' web browsing activity.

search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Deceptive application installers hijack the most popular Internet browsers (Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) and assign the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings to search.friendlysocket.com. Installed 'helper objects' (third party applications and/or browser extensions) automatically reassign these settings when user-attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to restore browsers to their previous states and continually encounter unwanted browser redirects, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. In addition, search.friendlysocket.com records search queries, website URLs visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, and other similar data types. This data may seem insignificant, however, it will contain personally identifiable details that the developers of this fake Internet search engine share with third parties (who often misuse personally identifiable details to generate revenue). Data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you continually encounter unwanted browser redirects to search.friendlysocket.com, uninstall all recently-installed and/or suspicious apps and never visit this website again.

Research shows that virtually all fake Internet search engines have identical behavior. By falsely claiming to generate the most relevant search results, they attempt to trick users into believing that they are legitimate. These claims are false, since websites such as search.friendlysocket.com are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than improving the web browsing experience, fake Internet search engines track personal data, cause unwanted browser redirects, and occasionally display intrusive online advertisements.

How did search.friendlysocket.com install on my computer?

Search.friendlysocket.com is promoted using a deceptive marketing method called 'bundling'. Developers know that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software. For this reason, they hide all details regarding modification of browser settings within the 'Custom/Advanced' download/installation section. Users who skip this section allow set-ups to modify various browser settings. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and put their privacy at risk.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Closely analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. All additionally-included apps should be cancelled and never allow set-ups to modify settings that are irrelevant to the installation.

Website promoting search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker:

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Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Search.friendlysocket.com redirect removal:

Remove search.friendlysocket.com-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.


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Remove search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.