Search.abstractbaby.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.abstractbaby.com?

search.abstractbaby.com is a fake Internet search engine identical to search.wolfnknite.com, search.polebeary.com, search.pastcost.com, and a number of other bogus sites. All offer identical features (including display of the most relevant search results). These false claims often trick users into believing that search.abstractbaby.com is legitimate. Be aware, however, that this website is promoted using deceptive installation set-ups that hijack Internet browsers. Furthermore, search.abstractbaby.com records various information relating to Internet browsing activity.

search.abstractbaby.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Deceptive application "installers" target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. They assign the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine options to search.abstractbaby.com. This may seem insignificant, however, additional software is often delivered with a number of third party browser add-ons and/or applications (so-called "helper objects"). Helper objects reassign the aforementioned settings when attempts are made to change them. Hence, it becomes impossible to return browsers to their previous states and users continually encounter unwanted browser redirects to search.abstractbaby.com (thus, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience). Web browsing activity is continually monitored, since search.abstractbaby.com (and, possibly, helper objects) record various information including IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and search queries. This information may contain personal details that developers share with cooperating third parties. Private information if often misused to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter unwanted browser redirects to search.abstractbaby.com, uninstall all suspicious applications immediately and never visit this website again.

All fake Internet search engines give fake promises to enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, sites such as search.abstractbaby.com are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, claims to provide 'useful features' are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimate software. Most of these sites deliver no real value for regular users. Rather, fake Internet search engines cause unwanted browser redirects (to generate the traffic for other sites), collect personally identifiable information (which is later shared with third parties to generate revenue), and deliver intrusive online advertisements (using the "Pay Per Click" [PPC] advertising model).

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

This fake Internet search engine has an official promotion site, however, developers also use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Be aware that free applications are often monetized by distributing additional applications or promoting various websites (for example, search.abstractbaby.com). Many users are unaware that this information is hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. By skipping this section, users grant set-ups permission to modify various settings and exposing their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two main steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, select the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and closely follow each step of the download/installation procedures. Secondly, decline all offers to download/install third party apps and never allow set-ups to modify settings that are irrelevant to the installation.

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

search.abstractbaby.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.abstractbaby.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.abstractbaby.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.abstractbaby.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.