Search.altagit.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Altagit browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.altagit.com?

Identical to search.eliaho.com, search.olivernetko.com, search.schooldozer.com, and many others, search.altagit.com is a fake search engine that falsely claims to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.altagit.com may seem legitimate, since it appears similar to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. In fact, developers promote this site via browser-hijacking download/installation set-ups. In addition, it continually records information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

search.altagit.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups modify web browser settings without permission. They target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Immediately after infiltration, set-ups assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.altagit.com and then stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (third party applications and browser plug-ins) to prevent users from reverting the aforementioned changes - set-ups reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are encouraged to visit search.altagit.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. These redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, search.altagit.com and "helper objects" continually gather data relating to web browsing habits. Collected data (Internet Protocol [IP] addresses, web URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, keystrokes and similar) often contains personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people attempt to misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues. If you encounter redirects to search.altagit.com, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to this website.

The Internet is full of fake web search engines, all of which are virtually identical. By offering "useful features" (improved results, shortcuts to popular sites, weather forecasts, and similar), fake search engines attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, they deliver no real value for regular users, since the only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. These sites typically cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive data. In some cases, they feed users with false search results and intrusive ads (coupons, banners, etc.) that redirect to potentially malicious websites. Therefore, using any fake search engine might lead to high-risk computer infections.

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

As mentioned above, search.altagit.com is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. These marketing method is called "bundling". Developers hide all details of browser modifications within "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. They do not adequately disclose this information. Furthermore, many users rush these procedures and skip steps. In doing so, they inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify various settings. In this way, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) are also distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements. Therefore, to prevent infiltration, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Developers invest many resources into intrusive ad design, thereby making them appear legitimate, however, these ads redirect to dubious sites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on) and are typically delivered by adware-type programs. If you encounter dubious redirects, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. In addition, closely observe each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. In addition, avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since they often include PUPs. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links.

Website promoting search.altagit.com:

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Quick menu:

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

search.altagit.com redirect removal:

Remove search.altagit.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 altagit 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove altagit 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 altagit 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 altagit 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.