Search.romandos.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.romandos.com browser hijacker
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.romandos.com?

Developers present search.romandos.com as a high-end Internet search engine that significantly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. On initial inspection, search.romandos.com may seem legitimate and useful, since its appearance barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Be aware, however, that developers promote this site using rogue download/installation set-ups (browser hijackers) that modify browser settings without users' consent. In addition, search.romandos.com continually records various information (mostly relating to web browsing activity).

search.romandos.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups target Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. They stealthily hijack these browsers and assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.romandos.com. Following successful modification, set-ups stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (third party potentially unwanted programs [PUPs] and/or browser plug-ins) to reassign the aforementioned settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to revert changes performed by rogue set-ups and are forced to visit search.romandos.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. As mentioned above, search.romandos.com (and helper objects) continually records various information (including IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, etc.) that might be personally identifiable. Developers sell the details to third parties (mostly for dubious marketing purposes), thus putting users' privacy at risk. Some PUPs/extensions perform background tasks (such as mining cryptocurrency) without users' consent. This misuse of system resources by rogue PUPs/add-ons significantly diminishes overall computer performance. If you encounter unwanted redirects to search.romandos.com, uninstall all suspicious apps and browser plug-ins. Never return to this site.

search.romandos.com is virtually identical to search.yofitofix.com, search.pensirot.com, search.mogobiggy.com, and many other fake search engines. In fact, there are hundreds of fake search engines that also share similarities with search.romandos.com. By offering improved results and other 'useful features' (such as quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, etc.) fake search engines attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, only a small fraction deliver any significant value for regular users - most of these websites are useless and designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They cause unwanted redirects and record user-system information. Some fake search engines also generate deceptive search results and display malicious ads (coupons, banners, etc.) These bogus search results and ads can lead to malicious websites. Furthermore, some 'malvertising' 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.romandos.com install on my computer?

search.romandos.com is promoted using browser-hijacking downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Many users rush the download/installation processes and skip steps (sections). Aware of this, developers hide details of browser modifications (usually within the "Custom/Advanced" options of the download or installation processes) and do not properly disclose this information. Therefore, rushing and skipping steps 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?

Potentially unwanted programs (such as "helper objects") are distributed using the "bundling" method, and via the aforementioned malvertising ads. The key to computer safety is caution. Be very careful when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Third party download/installation set-ups often bundle additional apps. Therefore, we strongly advise you to avoid using these tools - download your software from official sources only and, preferably, using a direct download URL. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out additionally-included programs. Criminals put a great deal of time and resources into designing malicious ads. Most appear genuine, however, they often lead to suspicious websites (for example, pornography, gambling, adult dating, etc.) If you encounter such ads and websites, uninstall all suspicious programs and browser plug-ins.

Website promoting search.romandos.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.romandos.com

Quick menu:

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

Search.romandos.com redirect removal:

Remove search.romandos.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.romandos.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.romandos.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.romandos.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.

  • 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.romandos.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.

  • 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.romandos.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.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.