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Search.romandos.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.romandos.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

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.

Threat Summary:
Name search.romandos.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
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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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

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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.

Remove browser hijacker-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for browser hijacker generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by browser hijackers - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Browser hijacker commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for browser hijacker generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for browser hijacker generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 2

In the "LaunchAgents" folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by browser hijackers - "installmac.AppRemoval.plist", "myppes.download.plist", "mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist", "kuklorest.update.plist", etc. Browser hijacker commonly installs several files with the exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for browser hijacker generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

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Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

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

Remove browser hijackers from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove Safari browser hijackers:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

Change your homepage:

Change Safari homepage

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:

Change Safari default search engine

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labeled "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.

Google Chrome logoRemove Google Chrome browser hijackers:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

Change your homepage

Change Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable the malicious extension (if present), look for a browser hijacker URL below the "Open a specific or set of pages" option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select "Remove".

Change your default search engine:

Change Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for a browser hijacker URL, when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".

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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

Change your homepage

Change Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable malicious extension (if present), remove the browser hijacker URL and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Change Mozilla Firefox default search engine - step 1

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and press Enter. Click "Accept the Risk and Continue".

Change Mozilla Firefox default search engine - step 2

In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled". Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

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

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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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