Search.mogobiggy.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.mogobiggy.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.mogobiggy.com?

search.mogobiggy.com is presented as a "top-notch" Internet search engine that significantly enhances the web browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.mogobiggy.com barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.mogobiggy.com is also legitimate. In fact, developers promote this site using rogue download/installation set-ups (browser hijackers) that modify browser settings without permission. In addition, search.mogobiggy.com continually records various information that might contain personal details.

search.mogobiggy.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Research shows that set-ups hijack Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, stealthily assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.mogobiggy.com. Although these changes may not seem significant, users are unable to revert them. Set-ups stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (potentially unwanted programs [PUPs] and/or browser extensions) to automatically reassign 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.mogobiggy.com when they open a new browser window or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Be aware that search.mogobiggy.com and helper objects record various data that might be personally identifiable. Developers later sell this collected data to third parties, thereby threatening users' privacy. Some PUPs and add-ons stealthily misuse system resources by performing background tasks (such as mining cryptocurrency) without consent. This diminishes system performance. If you encounter redirects to search.mogobiggy.com, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to this website.

There are many fake search engines identical to search.mogobiggy.com including search.stuckopoe.com, search.pollicare.com, and search.worthut.com. In fact, all are virtually identical. They claim to enhance the browsing experience by providing various "useful features" (such as improved search results, shortcuts to popular websites, weather forecasts, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to trick users into believing that sites such as search.mogobiggy.com are legitimate and useful. Only a small percentage of fake search engines give any value for regular users - most are useless. They cause unwanted redirects and record user-system information. In addition, they generate bogus search results and display 'malvertising' ads (banners, coupons, etc.) that can lead to malicious websites. Furthermore, some ads execute scripts that download and install malware. Therefore, using a fake search engine can lead to high-risk computer infections and serious privacy issues.

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

As mentioned above, developers promote search.mogobiggy.com using browser-hijacking download/installation set-ups. This marketing method is called "bundling". Developers do not properly disclose modification of browser settings - they usually hide such information within the "Custom/Advanced" options of the download installation processes. Skipping this section inadvertently grants set-ups permission to modify various options. In addition, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

PUPs are distributed using the "bundling" method, and via the aforementioned malvertising ads. Therefore, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Many third party download/installation tools "bundle" PUPs. Therefore, we highly recommend that you avoid using these tools - software should be downloaded only from official/trusted sources using a direct download link. During download/installation, carefully analyze each step (especially the "Custom/Advanced" options), opt-out of all additionally-included programs, and never allow set-ups to modify system settings. Malicious ads usually appear legitimate, however, most lead to suspicious websites such as surveys, pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc. If you experience ads leading to such websites, immediately check the list of installed apps/browser plug-ins and eliminate any suspicious entries.

Website promoting search.mogobiggy.com browser hijacker:

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Quick menu:

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

search.mogobiggy.com redirect removal:

Remove search.mogobiggy.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.


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Remove search.mogobiggy.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.

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

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.mogobiggy.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.mogobiggy.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.mogobiggy.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.