Search.globalsearch.pw Redirect (Mac)

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

How to remove search.globalsearch.pw browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.globalsearch.pw?

search.globalsearch.pw is a fake search engine identical to search.bittsearch.com By offering improved results and quick access to various popular websites, search.globalsearch.pw attempts to give the impression of legitimacy, however, developers promote this site using a browser-hijacking application called globalsearch. Furthermore, search.globalsearch.pw and globalsearch record information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

search.globalsearch.pw browser hijacker on a Mac computer

globalsearch targets Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Following infiltration, this browser hijacker assigns the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage browser options to search.globalsearch.pw. Furthermore, although these changes may seem insignificant, users are unable to revert them. Research shows that globalsearch reassigns browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, unless globalsearch is uninstalled, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit search.globalsearch.pw when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Note that after entering a search query, users are redirected to webcrawler.com - a legitimate web search engine. This makes search.globalsearch.pw useless. Another important issue is information tracking. Research shows that search.globalsearch.pw and globalsearch are developed to gather information such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and so on. Collected data often includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall the globalsearch browser hijacker and never return to search.globalsearch.pw

There are dozens of fake web search engines that share similarities with search.globalsearch.pw (e.g., search-mate.com, weknow.ac, and g-search.pro). As with search.globalsearch.pw, these sites also claim to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results and providing other "useful features" (weather forecasts, latest worldwide news, quick access to popular sites, etc.), however, the only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, they cause unwanted redirects and record sensitive information. Some even generate false results and intrusive advertisements leading to untrustworthy (potentially, malicious) sites. Therefore, using fake search engines risks various computer infections.

How did search.globalsearch.pw install on my computer?

Research shows that although globalsearch has an official download website, it often infiltrates the system without permission, since developers promote this PUP using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" and intrusive advertisements. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) together with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps (in this case globalsearch) within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes - they do not disclose this information properly. Intrusive advertisements redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download/install malware. Furthermore, many users are likely to skip download/installation steps and click advertisements - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as globalsearch. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromises their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention during download/installation processes and when browsing the Internet in general. Select "Custom/Advanced' settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are advised to download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized by promoting ("bundling") PUPs, and thus should never be used. Note that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). They are typically delivered by adware-type PUPs. If you experience suspicious redirects, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting search.globalsearch.pw:

Dubious website used to promote search.globalsearch.pw

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the search.globalsearch.pw website are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles".

search.globalsearch.pw preferences step 1

2) Select the "AdminPrefs" profile and delete it.

search.globalsearch.pw preferences step 2

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

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

Search.globalsearch.pw redirect removal:

Remove search.globalsearch.pw-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 globalsearch 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove globalsearch 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 globalsearch 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 globalsearch 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.