Search.anysearch.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Any Search Manager browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.anysearch.com?

According to the developers, search.anysearch.com (anysearchmanager.com) is an Internet search engine that supposedly generates improved results and, therefore, enhances the browsing experience. Initially, this site may appear legitimate and useful, however, developers promote search.anysearch.com via a browser-hijacking application called Any Search Manager, which infiltrates systems without consent. Furthermore, search.anysearch.com tracks users' Internet browsing activity.

search.anysearch.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Following infiltration, Any Search Manager hijacks Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, stealthily modifying the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options by assigning them to search.anysearch.com. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them, since Any Search Manager reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit search.anysearch.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Furthermore, Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since search.anysearch.com and Any Search Manager continually record various data that might be personally identifiable including IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This information is later shared with third parties who misuse personal information to generate revenue. Information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter unwanted redirects to search.anysearch.com, uninstall Any Search Manager and never visit search.anysearch.com again.

There are dozens of fake search engines virtually identical to search.anysearch.com including search.hideyoursearch.com, yoursafesearch.com, and obifind.com. All fake search engines claim to enhance the browsing experience, however, these promises are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. The only purpose of fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any significant value for regular users, they cause unwanted redirects and continually record user-system information.

How did Any Search Manager install on my computer?

Any Search Manager has an official download website, however, developers also distribute this application by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. They hide bundled programs within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Rushing and skipping this section thus exposes systems to risk of infection and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

This situation can be prevented by taking two simple steps: 1) closely analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and; 2) decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included.

Screenshot of Any Search Manager extension in Safari web browser:

Any Search Manager browser plug-in

Official Any Search Manager browser hijacker installation set-up:

Delusive installer used to promote search.anysearch.com

Website promoting Any Search Manager browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.anysearch.com

Quick menu:

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

Any Search Manager removal:

Remove search.anysearch.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 “Any Search Manager”, “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 any search manager 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.

Any Search Manager browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove any search manager 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 any search manager 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 any search manager 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.