Search.manroling.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.manroling.com?

Identical to search.cuttinsledge.com, search.yofitofix.com, search.romandos.com, and many others, search.manroling.com is a fake Internet search engine claiming to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.manroling.com barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.manroling.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, developers promote this website via rogue download/installation set-ups that hijack web browsers and stealthily modify various settings. In addition, search.manroling.com records sensitive data (mostly relating to users' Internet browsing activity).

search.manroling.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups hijack Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, assigning the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings to search.manroling.com without users' consent. Henceforth, users continually encounter unwanted redirects to search.manroling.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. Unwanted redirects significantly diminish users' Internet browsing experience. In addition, although these changes may seem insignificant, users are unable to revert them. Research shows that as well as modifying settings, set-ups install a number of "helper objects" - potentially unwanted programs (PUP) and/or browser extensions. Be aware that "helper objects" reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. Criminals perform these actions to deceptively building traffic for search.manroling.com. As mentioned above, search.manroling.com (and "helper objects") records various information that usually includes personal details. Developers sell the information (IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes, etc.) to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, information tracking might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Some "helper objects" are known to mine cryptocurrency or run other unwanted processes in the background. By misusing system resources, "helper objects" significantly reduce system performance. If you encounter redirects to search.manroling.com, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. You are advised not to visit this website.

As mentioned above, search.manroling.com is identical to a number of other fake search engines. In fact, all fake Internet search engines are very similar. By offering various 'useful features' (e.g., improved search results, shortcuts to popular websites, quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, etc.), these sites attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. Most fake search engines deliver no real value for regular users. These websites are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They cause unwanted redirects and gather information. Research shows that some fake search engines generate false search results and 'malvertising' ads (banners, coupons, etc.) These delivered results and ads typically lead to dubious websites. Furthermore, some ads run scripts that download and install malware. Therefore, using any fake Internet search engine is very risky.

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

search.manroling.com is promoted via browser-hijacking downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that many users rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, all details of browser modifications are hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" options or other sections of the download/installation processes. By skipping these steps, users grant set-ups permission to modify various options and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted programs are also distributed using the "bundling" method, and via the aforementioned malicious ads. Therefore, to prevent infiltration, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Carefully analyze each window (especially the "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation dialogues and cancel all additionally-included programs. Note also that criminals monetize third party downloaders/installers by promoting malicious apps (the "bundling" method). Therefore, we advise you to download your apps from official sources only and, preferably, using a direct download link. Furthermore, many 'malvertising' ads appear legitimate, since criminals invest a great deal of resources into their design, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other rogue websites. These ads might be displayed by malicious adware-type programs/browser extensions. If you encounter them, immediately eliminate all dubious apps and plug-ins.

Quick menu:

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

search.manroling.com redirect removal:

Remove search.manroling.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 manroling.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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove manroling.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 manroling.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 manroling.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.