Search.yofitofix.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.yofitofix.com?

search.yofitofix.com is presented as a "top-notch" Internet search engine that generates improved search results and, therefore, enhances the browsing experience. On initial inspection, search.yofitofix.com may seem similar to Yahoo, Bing, Google, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.yofitofix.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, this site is promoted via deceptive download/installation set-ups that hijack web browsers and stealthily modify various options without consent. Furthermore, search.yofitofix.com records private user-system information.

search.yofitofix.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Research shows that browser-hijacking set-ups target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Following infiltration, they assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.yofitofix.com. Although these changes may seem insignificant, users are unable to revert them. Set-ups stealthily install a number of third party potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and/or browser plug-ins (so-called "helper objects"). These PUPs and plug-ins continue to reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to return browsers to their previous states and are forced to visit search.yofitofix.com when they search via the URL bar or simply open a new browser tab. Unwanted redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, rogue PUPs/add-ons and search.yofitofix.com continually record various user-system information (including users' geo-locations, Internet Protocol address, search queries, websites visited, pages viewed, keystrokes, etc.) that might contain personal details. Developers sell this information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) for dubious marketing purposes and to generate revenue. This will put your privacy at risk. Regarding rogue PUPs/extensions, some are known to run unwanted background processes (such as mining cryptocurrency). This misuse of computer resources significantly diminishes computer performance. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to uninstall all suspicious programs and browser plug-ins. Never return to the search.yofitofix.com website.

There are many fake search engines identical to search.yofitofix.com. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) search.mogobiggy.com, search.stormygreatz.com, search.pikatika.com, and search.arcahol.com. In fact, all fake search engines are very similar. By offering various 'useful features' (for example, improved search results, quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, etc.), websites such as search.yofitofix.com often trick users into believing that they are legitimate and useful. Yet, only a small fraction of fake search engines provide the functionality promised - most are useless for regular users. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. These sites cause unwanted redirects and record private data. Research shows that some fake search engines generate false search results and deliver 'malvertising' ads. Both false results and malicious ads can lead to other malicious websites. Furthermore, some ads execute scripts that download and install malware. For these reasons, fake search engines pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

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

As mentioned previously, search.yofitofix.com is promoted using browser-hijacking download/installation set-ups (a deceptive marketing method called "bundling"). Developers hide all details of browser modifications (usually within the "Custom/Advanced" options of the download or installation process) - they do not properly disclose this information. Users often rush these processes and skip steps, thereby inadvertently granting set-ups permission to modify various options, exposing their systems to risk of various infections, and compromising their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when downloading/installing software and be very cautious when browsing the Internet. We strongly recommend you to download your software from official sources only and, preferably, using a direct download URL. Third party download/installation tools often "bundle" additional apps and, thus, should not be used. In addition, carefully analyze each download/installation step (especially the "Custom/Advanced" options), opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Note that most malvertising ads appear genuine and it is difficult to determine if they originate from the visited (legitimate) websites. These ads are notable for their redirects - most lead to adult dating, pornography, gambling, survey, and other suspicious sites. If you encounter these ads, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser extensions.

Website promoting search.yofitofix.com browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.yofitofix.com

Quick menu:

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

search.yofitofix.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.yofitofix.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.yofitofix.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.yofitofix.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.