Search.trustnokogiri.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.trustnokogiri.com?

Identical to search.pingclash.com, search.cateorg.com, search.plasticumbrella.com, and many others, search.trustnokogiri.com is a fake Internet search engine that supposedly generates improved search results, thereby enhancing the Internet browsing experience. Judging on appearance alone, this site may seem very similar to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.trustnokogiri.com is also legitimate. In fact, developers promote this site via rogue app downloaders/installers designed to modify web browser options without users' consent. Furthermore, search.trustnokogiri.com continually records information relating to web browsing activity.

search.trustnokogiri.com redirect

Research shows that deceptive download/installation set-ups target Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, set-ups assign the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine to search.trustnokogiri.com. Furthermore, set-ups stealthily install a number of third party applications/browser plug-ins (so-called "helper objects") designed to reassign options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are continually redirected to search.trustnokogiri.com without their consent. This diminishes the web browsing experience. In addition, helper objects and search.trustnokogiri.com continually record information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. The list of collected data types includes (but is not limited to) IP addresses, web URLs visited, search queries, and pages viewed. The data might contain private details and is shared with third parties who misuse personal information to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Note that search.trustnokogiri.com, as a search engine, is completely useless, because all it does is redirects users to search.yahoo.com (via genieosearch.com) once a search query is entered. In other words, it does not generate any results by itself and, therefore, it is irrelevant. If you encounter unwanted redirects to search.trustnokogiri.com, remove all suspicious apps/browser extensions and never visit this deceptive website again.

Threat Summary:
Name search.trustnokogiri.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 18.211.175.241
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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The Internet is full of fake search engines, all of which are very similar. By offering improved search results and various 'additional features' (weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, quick access to popular websites, etc.), websites such as search.trustnokogiri.com attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers - they provide no significant value for regular users, cause unwanted redirects, and collect private information. Some generate results leading to malicious websites. Therefore, using them is risky and can result in various computer infections.

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

As mentioned above, developers promote search.trustnokogiri.com via deceptive download/installation set-ups. This marketing method is called "bundling". Developers hide all information relating to modification of browser options 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 browser options. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by PUPs be cautious when downloading and installing software. Closely observe each step within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of these processes. Furthermore, cancel all third party applications listed for download/installation, and do not allow set-ups to modify options irrelevant to installation.

Website promoting search.trustnokogiri.com:

Website promoting search.trustnokogiri.com browser hijacker

Appearance of search.trustnokogiri.com website redirecting users to search.yahoo.com via genieosearch.com (GIF):

Search.trustnokogiri.com redirecting to search.yahoo.com via genieosearch.com

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Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.trustnokogiri.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.trustnokogiri.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.trustnokogiri.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.trustnokogiri.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.trustnokogiri.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.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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