Search.anysearchmanager.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Any Search Manager browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Any Search Manager browser hijacker from Mac?

What is Any Search Manager?

Any Search Manager is a deceptive application that supposedly allows users to search the Internet directly from the desktop. Any Search Manager may give the impression of legitimacy, however, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) typically infiltrates systems without users' consent and continually records various sensitive information. In addition, Any Search Manager is categorized as a browser hijacker - a form of unwanted software that modifies web browser options without permission.

search.anysearchmanager.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Immediately after infiltration, Any Search Manager hijacks Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, stealthily assigning browser options to search.anysearchmanager.com - a fake Internet search engine (previously, Any Search Manager promoted anysearch.com). The changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them. This browser hijacker reassigns browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. From this point, users are forced to visit search.anysearchmanager.com when they open a new browser tab and/or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience - Any Search Manager is essentially used to deceptively build search.anysearchmanager.com traffic at the cost of users' Internet browsing experience. As mentioned above, Any Search Manager records various user-system information that might contain personal details. The list of data types collected by browser hijackers typically includes (but is not limited to) search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, and keystrokes. After collecting this information, developers sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, there is a high probability that data tracking will result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. In addition, some browser hijackers run various unwanted processes (e.g., to mine cryptocurrency) in the background, without users' consent. By misusing system resources in this way, PUPs significantly diminish overall system performance. Therefore, PUPs such as Any Search Manager should be uninstalled immediately.

There are hundreds of browser-hijacking applications similar to Any Search Manager. For example, Search fort pro, HD Video Search Tool, City Page Today, and many others. Although these apps are not designed for MacOS, they have identical behavior. By offering "useful features", PUPs often trick users to install. In fact, most deliver no real value for regular users. Potentially unwanted programs such as Any Search Manager are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety. Fake search engines often generate false results and/or intrusive ads (coupons, banners, etc.) These results/ads often lead to malicious websites. Therefore, using fake search engines risks adware or malware infections.

How did Any Search Manager install on my computer?

Any Search Manager is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, in some cases, this PUP infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Criminals proliferate Any Search Manager via intrusive ads, and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Some intrusive ads execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware/PUPs, whilst "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" apps within various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download or installation processes. Many users rush these procedures and skip steps. In addition, they click various ads without considering the possible consequences. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There two main reasons for computer infections: 1) poor knowledge, and; 2) careless behavior. Therefore, be cautious during the download/installation processes, and when browsing the Internet. Carefully analyze each download/installation procedure step and cancel all additionally-included programs. Furthermore, avoid using any unofficial download/installation tools, since criminals monetize them by proliferating dubious applications (the "bundling" method). Intrusive ads typically look legitimate, since criminals invest extensive time and resources into their design, however, they typically lead to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. They are often delivered by various adware-type programs. If you encounter such redirects, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.

Website promoting search.anysearchmanager.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.anysearchmanager.com

Any Search Manager installing its extensions onto Safari web browser:

Any Search Manager browser hijacker Safari extensions

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Quick menu:

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

Any Search Manager browser hijacker removal:

Remove search.anysearchmanager.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 any search manager 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.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-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.

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

Any Search Manager browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove any search manager 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 any search manager 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 any search manager 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.