Search.anilopo.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.anilopo.com?

Identical to search.opengross.com, search.stosgame.com, search.nelrozplace.com, and many others, search.anilopo.com is a fake search engine that claims to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on the design alone, search.anilopo.com barely differs from Yahoo, Bing, Google, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that search.anilopo.com is also legitimate, however, developers promote this site using a browser-hijacking app called Anilopo. In addition, search.anilopo.com and Anilopo record information relating to web browsing activity.

search.anilopo.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Anilopo targets Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome. Following infiltration, it assigns the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine browser options to search.anilopo.com These changes may seem significant, and yet users are unable to revert them. Research shows that Anilopo reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, unless this browser hijacker is uninstalled, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are encouraged to visit search.anilopo.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Another important issue is information tracking. Be aware that search.anilopo.com and Anilopo continually record information that often includes personal details. IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar gathered is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall the Anilopo browser hijacker and never return to search.anilopo.com

The Internet is full of fake web search engines, all of which are virtually identical. By delivering false promises to generate improved results and, sometimes, provide other "useful features" (weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, shortcuts to popular websites, latest worldwide news, etc.), fake search engines often trick users into believing that these sites are legitimate and useful. In fact, the only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, these sites simply gather sensitive information and cause unwanted redirects. Some generate false search results and intrusive ads (coupons, banners, etc.) leading to various computer infections.

How did Anilopo install on my computer?

The Anilopo browser hijacker has an official download website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, this PUP often infiltrates systems without permission, since developers proliferate it using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive ads redirect users to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install PUPs (or even malware). "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of PUPs with regular (typically free) software/apps. Developers do not disclose PUP installations properly. They are hidden within certain sections (typically, "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are likely to rush these procedures, skip steps, and click various advertisements without understanding the possible consequences. This behavior can lead to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as Anilopo - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. During the process, cancel offers to download/install additional programs and opt-out of those already included. You are advised to download your programs from official sources only (via direct download links) rather than using third party downloaders/installers. These tools are monetized by promoting ("bundling") PUPs, and thus using them is risky. Note that intrusive advertisements may seem legitimate, but they often redirect to dubious websites (such as gambling, pornography, and so on). Research shows that intrusive advertisements are typically displayed by adware-type programs. If you encounter suspicious redirects, remove all dubious apps/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.

Screenshot of a potentially unwanted program that the Anilopo browser hijacker is "bundled" with:

Deceptive app that comes alongside with Anilopo browser hijacker

Deceptive application installer promoting the Anilopo browser hijacker:

Delusive installer used to promote search.anilopo.com

Website promoting the Anilopo browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.anilopo.com

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Quick menu:

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

search.anilopo.com redirect removal:

Remove search.anilopo.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 anilopo 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove anilopo 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 anilopo 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 anilopo 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.