Search.pitchofcase.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Pitchofcase browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.pitchofcase.com?

Identical to search.papershorty.com, search.salamangal.com, search.froktiser.com, and many others, search.pitchofcase.com is a fake Internet search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.pitchofcase.com barely differs from legitimate search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Many users believe that search.pitchofcase.com is also legitimate, however, developers promote this site using rogue download/installation set-ups that modify browser settings without permission. In addition, search.pitchofcase.com records information relating to web browsing habits.

search.pitchofcase.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Immediately after infiltration, they assign search.pitchofcase.com as the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine browser settings. Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and rogue browser extensions are then installed. So-called "helper objects" reassign the aforementioned options when attempts are made to change them. In doing so, "helper objects" prevent users from reverting changes performed by rogue set-ups and users are encouraged to visit search.pitchofcase.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. These redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, "helper objects" and search.pitchofcase.com record personally identifiable information relating to browsing habits including keystrokes, search queries, websites visited, IP addresses, etc. Developers later share these details with third parties who misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you experience redirects to search.pitchofcase.com, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications/browser plug-ins. Never return to this website.

As mentioned above, search.pitchofcase.com is identical to a number of other fake search engines. All claim to enhance web browsing experience. In fact, fake search engines deliver no real value for regular users. They cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive information. Websites such as search.pitchofcase.com are designed only to help developers generate passive revenue. Some fake search engines feed users with misleading results and intrusive adverisements (coupons, banners, and so on). There is a high probability that using fake search engines will result in high-risk computer infections.

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

Developers promote search.pitchofcase.com using rogue downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that many users rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide information regarding modification of browser options within various sections (typically, "Advanced/Custom" settings) of the download/installation processes. By rushing and skipping download/installation steps, many users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify browser options, thus exposing their systems to risk of infection and compromising their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted programs are proliferated using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements. Therefore, to prevent installation by these unwanted programs, be very cautious during download/installation processes and when browsing the Internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and observe each download/installation step. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are also advised to download your applications from official sources only using direct download links. Criminals monetize third party downloaders/installers using promoted PUPs (the "bundling" method) and, therefore, these tools should not be used. Intrusive ads may seem legitimate, but redirect to gambling, adult dating, and other dubious sites. Intrusive ads are often delivered by adware-type PUPs and, therefore, if you encounter them, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. The key to computer safety is caution.

Website promoting search.pitchofcase.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.pitchofcase.com

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Quick menu:

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

Search.pitchofcase.com redirect removal:

Remove search.pitchofcase.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 pitchofcase 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.

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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.

Pitchofcase browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove pitchofcase 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 pitchofcase 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 pitchofcase 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.