Search.cuttinsledge.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: cuttinsledge.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.cuttinsledge.com?

search.cuttinsledge.com is a fake Internet search engine identical to search.ishimotto.com, search.romandos.com, search.yofitofix.com, and many others. According to the developers, search.cuttinsledge.com significantly enhances users' Internet browsing experience by generating the most relevant search results. Furthermore, its appearance barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. For these reasons, many users believe that search.cuttinsledge.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, developers promote this site via browser-hijacking download/installation set-ups that modify browser settings without permission. In addition, search.cuttinsledge.com continually records various information.

search.cuttinsledge.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Research shows that rogue set-ups hijack Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.cuttinsledge.com. Although these changes may seem insignificant, they are performed without users' consent. In addition, users are unable to revert them. Research shows that rogue set-ups stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (potentially unwanted programs [PUPs] and/or browser plug-ins) to continually 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.cuttinsledge.com when they enter a search query into URL bar or simply open a new browser tab. By deceptively building traffic for search.cuttinsledge.com, developers significantly diminish users' Internet browsing experience. As mentioned above, search.cuttinsledge.com (and "helper objects") continually gathers various sensitive data (mostly relating to browsing habits). This is a very common behavior to fake search engines. After collecting this information, developers sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), thereby putting your privacy at risk. Be aware that, in some cases, "helper objects" mine cryptocurrency or misuse system resources in other ways. By performing unwanted tasks in the background, "helper objects" significantly reduce computer performance. If you encounter redirects to search.cuttinsledge.com, immediately remove all dubious apps/browser plug-ins and never visit this site again.

The Internet is full of fake search engines, all of which are virtually identical. All offer improved search results and, potentially, other 'useful features' (quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, and many others), however, these promises are merely attempts to trick users into believing that websites such as search.cuttinsledge.com are legitimate and useful. In fact, such websites are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Most deliver no real value for regular users, cause unwanted redirects, and gather various information. Some fake search engines are also designed to feed users with 'malvertising' ads (e.g., coupons, banners, etc.) and false search results. These generated ads/results often lead to malicious websites. In addition, some ads run scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, using a fake Internet search engine is very risky.

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

As mentioned, search.cuttinsledge.com is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they conceal all details of browser modifications within various sections (usually the "Custom/Advanced" options) of the download/installation processes. These people do not adequately disclose this information. Furthermore, by rushing and skipping steps, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify various settings, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted programs (e.g., "helper objects") are distributed using the "bundling" method, and using the aforementioned ads. Therefore, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogues and cancel all additionally-included programs. Note that third party download/installation tools are monetized by promoting dubious apps (the "bundling" method). Therefore, avoid using such tools. Furthermore, many 'malvertising' ads appear legitimate, however, they are identifiable since they cause redirects to pornography, adult dating, gambling, and other dubious websites. These ads are often generated by malicious apps. If you encounter them, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions.

Website promoting search.cuttinsledge.com browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.cuttinsledge.com

Quick menu:

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

search.cuttinsledge.com redirect removal:

Remove search.cuttinsledge.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 cuttinsledge.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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove cuttinsledge.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 cuttinsledge.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 cuttinsledge.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.