Chumsearch.com Redirect (Mac)

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

How to remove chumsearch.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is chumsearch.com?

chumsearch.com is a fake Internet search engine that supposedly enhances the Internet browsing experience by generating improved search results. These claims often trick users into believing that chumsearch.com is a legitimate website, however, developers promote this website using deceptive software downloaders/installers that modify web browser settings without users' consent. Furthermore, chumsearch.com collects various information relating to Internet browsing activity.

chumsearch.com browser hijacker

Deceptive downloaders/installers target Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. These tools hijack web browsers and stealthily assign the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine options to chumsearch.com. Furthermore, they infiltrate a number of third party apps and/or browser plug-ins (called "helper objects") that prevent users from rolling back these changes. Helper objects reassign the aforementioned settings when attempts are made to change them. Thus, it becomes impossible to return browsers to their previous states and users are forced to continually visit chumsearch.com without their consent, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Furthermore, helper objects and chumsearch.com record various information that might be personally identifiable including IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This data is shared with cooperating third parties (possibly cyber criminals) who attempt to generate revenue by misusing private data. This situation might cause serious privacy issues. If you encounter unwanted browser redirects to this bogus website, uninstall all suspicious apps/browser plug-ins (helper objects) immediately and never visit this site again.

chumsearch.com is a regular fake Internet search engine that shares many similarities with hundreds of other rogue sites such as search.viewsearch.net, search.worthut.com, search.groficce.com, and search.texiday.com. Research shows that fake search engines falsely claim to enhance the web browsing experience by generating the most relevant search results and providing other similar browsing-related features. These claims are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, websites such as chumsearch.com provide no significant value for regular users. Their purpose is only to generate revenue for the developers - they merely cause unwanted browser redirects and track private data. Some fake search engines generate results leading to malicious websites. Therefore, using a fake search engine can result in various computer infections.

How did chumsearch.com install on my computer?

To promote chumsearch.com developers employ a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", since they know that users often skip most/all of the download and installation steps and intentionally conceal the information regarding modification of browser settings within the "Custom/Advanced" options of these procedures. By skipping this section, users grant set-ups permission to modify various settings, expose the system to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Installation of potentially unwanted programs can be prevented by taking a number of simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully observe each step. Furthermore, never accept any offers to download or install additional applications, and never allow set-ups to modify options irrelevant to the installation.

Important!!! Chumsearch.com browser hijackers installs rogue "Device Profile" that blocks attempts of changing Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings. Before proceeding with the removal guide please follow these 3 steps:

Step 1: Open "System Preferences" and click on "Profiles":

chumsearch.com browser hijacker removal step 1

Step 2: Select the rogue profile created by chumsearch.com browser hijacker (at the time of testing it was named "AdminPrefs") and click on the "-" symbol:

chumsearch.com hijacker removal step 2

Step 3: Run a full system scan with Combo Cleaner antivirus and remove all the detected threats to make sure chumsearch.com browser hijacker won't re-infect your system. After following these steps you can continue with changing your homepage and default internet search engine settings.

Deceptive application installer promoting chumsearch.com browser hijacker:

Delusive installer used to promote chumsearch.com

Fake flash player update installer promoting installation of chumsearch.com browser hijacker and Advanced Mac Cleaner PUP:

fake flash player installer distributing chumsearch.com and advanced mac cleaner pup

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Video showing how to remove chumsearch.com browser hijacker from a Mac computer:

chumsearch.com redirect removal:

Remove chumsearch.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.

Remove chumsearch.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.

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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove chumsearch.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 chumsearch.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 chumsearch.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.