Search.viewsearch.net Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: searchword.news browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.viewsearch.net browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.viewsearch.net?

Search.viewsearch.net (also known as searchword.news) is a fake Internet search engine that generates the most relevant search results, and also provides users with the latest news trending on the Internet. Judging on appearance alone, this website may seem legitimate, however, search.viewsearch.net continually records various data relating to Internet browsing activity. Furthermore, developers promote this site using rogue application installers that modify Internet browser settings without users' permission.

search.viewsearch.net browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Deceptive installers hijack Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, stealthily assigning the default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage options to search.viewsearch.net. Initially, these changes may not seem important, however, users become unable to modify these settings, since installers infiltrate a number of additional applications and/or browser plug-ins (called "helper objects") to automatically reassign setting when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. Users are forced to visit search.viewsearch.net website without their consent, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Research shows that helper objects and search.viewsearch.net continually gather various information relating to Internet browsing activity including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geo-locations), website URLs visited, and search queries - these are just some examples from many. This information might include personally identifiable details that are shared with cooperating third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who often misuse personal data to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues. If you encounter unwanted redirects to search.viewsearch.net, remove all suspicious apps/browser extensions immediately and avoid visiting this website again.

There are dozens of fake search engines that have very similar characteristics to search.viewsearch.net including, for example, search.arcahol.com, search.polebeary.com, and search.qroficce.com. All offer functions to supposedly improve the Internet browsing experience, however, these false claims are attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. The purpose of fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Most are useless for regular users. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, sites such as search.viewsearch.net collect personally identifiable information and deliver intrusive online advertisements.

How did search.viewsearch.net install on my computer?

This fake Internet search engine has an official download website, however, it is also distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers know that many users do not express enough caution during the download/installation processes. Therefore, information regarding modification of browser settings is hidden within the "Custom" or "Advanced" section or these procedures. By skipping this section, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify a number of options. Furthermore, the system is exposed 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, never rush when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Furthermore, decline all offers to download/install additional apps and never allow set-ups to modify options that are irrelevant to the installation.

Deceptive application installer promoting search.viewsearch.net browser hijacker:

Delusive installer used to promote search.viewsearch.net

Website promoting search.viewsearch.net:

Dubious website used to promote search.viewsearch.net

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Quick menu:

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

search.viewsearch.net redirect removal:

Remove search.viewsearch.net 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.

Remove searchword.news 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.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

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Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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

searchword.news browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove searchword.news 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 searchword.news 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 searchword.news 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.