Search.arcahol.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.arcahol.com?

search.arcahol.com is a fake Internet search engine identical to search.abstractbaby.com, search.groficce.com, search.wolfnknite.com, and many other rogue sites. Be aware that all claims to enhance the web browsing experience are false. This website is designed to continually record various information that might be personally identifiable. Furthermore, developers promote this bogus site using deceptive application 'installers' designed to hijack Internet browsers and modify various options without users' permission.

search.arcahol.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Deceptive "installers" target the most popular web browsers (Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) by infiltrating these programs and assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.arcahol.com. "Helper objects" - third party applications and/or browser plug-ins - are then installed, which automatically reassign these settings when attempts are made to change them. Thus, it becomes impossible to return browsers to their previous states. Users are forced to continually visit search.arcahol.com, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Furthermore, users' web browsing activity is continually tracked - this website records IP addresses, website URLs visited, search queries, pages viewed, and other similar data that is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). There is a high probability that this recorded information will contain personal details that are misused, thereby causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are continually redirected to search.arcahol.com without your consent, remove all suspicious apps and browser extensions (helper objects), and never visit this bogus site again.

All fake Internet search engines have identical behavior. By falsely claiming to enhance the web browsing experience, sites such as search.arcahol.com give the impression of legitimacy, however, all promises to provide 'valuable functionality' are false. These sites are designed only to collect personal information (which is later sold to third parties) and cause unwanted browser redirects (to generate traffic for other sites). They are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and provide no value for regular users.

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

Developers promote search.arcahol.com using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" and hide all information regarding modification of browser settings within the "Custom" or "Advanced" download/installation section. Research shows that many users skip this section, thereby inadvertently granting set-ups permission to modify various options. In addition, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be cautious when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, analyze each step and decline all offers to download or install additional programs.

Deceptive free software installer promoting search.arcahol.com:

Rogue installation setup used to promote search.arcahol.com

Website promoting search.arcahol.com browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.arcahol.com

Quick menu:

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

search.arcahol.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.arcahol.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.arcahol.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.arcahol.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.