Search.worthut.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.worthut.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.worthut.com?

According to the developers, search.worthut.com is a legitimate Internet search engine that generates the most relevant search results. These false claims often trick users into believing that search.worthut.com is legitimate. In fact, this bogus site continually track users' web browsing activity. Furthermore, developers promote search.searchut.com using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".

search.worthut.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

This bogus site is promoted using dubious application "installers" and "downloaders" that stealthily assign Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome default search engine, new tab URL, homepage browser settings to search.worthut.com. All this is done without direct user permission. Selected app are delivered with various third party browser plug-ins and/or apps called "helper objects" that automatically reassign the aforementioned settings when attempts are made to change them. Thus, users are unable to return browsers to their previous states and are forced to continually visit search.worthut.com without their consent, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Research shows that this fake Internet search engine (and helper objects) record IP addresses (to determine geographic locations), websites visited, search queries, and other similar data relating to Internet browsing activity. These data types may seem insignificant, however, there is a high probability that collected information will be personally identifiable and shared by the developers of search.worthut.com with third parties (who misuse private information), thereby causing serious privacy issues. If you are continually redirected to search.worthut.com, remove all third party applications immediately and avoid visiting this site again.

Developers of search.worthut.com have released many identical websites under different names. Examples include search.wolfnknite.com, search.polebeary.com, and search.springhan.com. All have identical behavior. By giving fake promises to generate improved search results, fake Internet search engines such as search.worthut.com create an impression of legitimate software, and yet, these sites are useless for regular users. Research shows that all fake Internet search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing valuable functionality, these sites cause unwanted redirects and collect personally identifiable information. Be aware that some fake search engines generate results leading to untrustworthy websites. Therefore, using them to search the web will result in high-risk adware or malware infections.

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

As mentioned previously, search.worthut.com is promoted using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers know that many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software. Aware of this, they monetize free applications by including third party software. They hide potentially unwanted programs (and, in this case, information regarding modification of browser settings) within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Many users skip this section, thereby granting set-ups permission to modify various settings and exposing their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Many PUPs are distributed using the bundling method. Therefore, closely analyze each step of the download/installation section. Use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, follow all steps, and cancel any additionally-included applications.

Website promoting search.worthut.com browser hijacker:

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Quick menu:

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

search.worthut.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.worthut.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.worthut.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.worthut.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.