Search.plasticumbrella.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.prasticumbrella.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.plasticumbrella.com?

search.plasticumbrella.com is another fake Internet search engine claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience by generating improved search results. These false claims often trick users into believing that search.plasticumbrella.com is legitimate and useful, however, this site continually tracks Internet browsing activity by gathering various user/system information. In addition, developers promote search.plasticumbrella.com via deceptive download/installation set-ups designed to modify web browser settings without users' consent.

search.plasticumbrella.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Set-ups infiltrate Internet browsers (Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome), assigning the new tab URL/homepage/default search engine options to search.plasticumbrella.com. Set-ups then stealthily install several "helper objects" (third party applications/browser plug-ins) to reassign options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit search.plasticumbrella.com when they search via the URL bar or simply open a new browser tab. Unwanted browser redirects significantly diminish the web browsing experience. Furthermore, Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since search.plasticumbrella.com and helper objects record IP addresses, search queries, websites visited, pages viewed, and other similar information that might be personally identifiable. This collected data is later shared with third parties, who misuse private details to generate revenue. This data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter unwanted redirects to search.plasticumbrella.com, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins immediately and never return to this website.

Developers of search.plasticumbrella.com have released dozens of identical fake search engines such as search.beardpond.com, search.bagonrock.com, and search.smokycap.com. All of these sites have identical appearance and behavior, and offer improved search results. Their only purpose, however, is to generate revenue for the developers. They deliver no value for regular users. Fake Internet search engines are designed only to cause unwanted redirects and collect private data (which is later sold to third parties).

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

To promote search.plasticumbrella.com, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They hide all information regarding modification of browser settings within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Users often rush these procedures and skip most steps, thus, inadvertently granting set-ups permission to modify various options. This behavior can lead to privacy issues and/or computer infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by potentially unwanted programs (such as helper objects), be very cautious when downloading and installing software. These programs are distributed using the bundling method. Therefore, closely analyze the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Furthermore, decline offers to download/install additional applications.

Website promoting search.plasticumbrella.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.plasticumbrella.com

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search.plasticumbrella.com redirect removal:

Remove search.plasticumbrella.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 search.prasticumbrella.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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.prasticumbrella.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.prasticumbrella.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.prasticumbrella.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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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