Linkey-search.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: linkey-search.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove linkey-search.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is linkey-search.com?

linkey-search.com is a fake search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by providing improved results. This site may seem legitimate, however, it is promoted using various rogue download and installation set-ups that modify browser settings without users' permission. Therefore, linkey-search.com is likely to collect data relating to users' browsing activity.

linkey-search.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups target popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. Once installed, they assign browser settings such as homepage, search engine, and new tab URLs to linkey-search.com. These may seem minor changes, but users cannot undo them (at least not in any usual way), since these rogue set-ups install third party applications/browser plug-ins (known as "helper objects") to reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them (revert them to their previous states). Therefore, users are forced to visit linkey-search.com when they open their browsers or new tabs. This situation can significantly diminish the browsing experience. Another downside is information tracking. Helper objects and linkey-search.com record data such as IP addresses, geo-locations, search queries, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, etc. This information is shared with third parties who often misuse private details to generate revenue. Therefore, users might experience problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, or even more serious issues such as identity theft. If you encounter redirects to linkey-search.com, we strongly recommend that you uninstall all dubious browser applications and computer programs immediately.

Fake search engines are very prevalent online. Indeed, linkey-search.com is just another search engine that is very similar to search.linkeymac.com, search.pensirot.com, search.ewatchseries.live, and many others. Most fake search engines are promoted as being 'useful' and capable of providing various improvements, however, these are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Generally, they are designed only to generate revenue by causing unwanted redirects and gathering data. Using these search engines can result in various privacy or browsing safety issues.

How did linkey-search.com install on my computer?

linkey-search.com is promoted using browser-hijacking download or installation set-ups. This promotion method is also known as "bundling". Developers are aware that many users skip download and installation steps without checking available settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Aware of this, developers hide information about possible modifications to browser settings in these areas. Therefore, skipping installation or download steps allows rogue set-ups to make various unwanted changes that can lead to computer infections or problems with online privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to to computer safety is caution. Download software from official websites and using direct links only. Avoid using third party downloaders/installers and torrents to download (or install) software. Bear in mind that third party installers/downloaders are often monetized by promoting potentially unwanted applications. Do not skip software installation/download steps without checking all available "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar options. Deselect unwanted offers, tools or features (or other extras) and only then finish the installation or download process. Furthermore, many ads may seem legitimate, but are intrusive and malicious. They redirect users to pornography, adult dating, gambling, and other similar websites. If you encounter these redirects, check your browser's extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons etc. and ensure that you do not have any unwanted applications installed. Also check the list of installed programs on your computer. Remove all unwanted/suspicious programs and applications immediately. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the linkey-search.com 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".

linkey-search.com preferences step 1

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

linkey-search.com 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:

linkey-search.com redirect removal:

Remove linkey-search.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 linkey-search.com 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.

linkey-search.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove linkey-search.com 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 linkey-search.com 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 linkey-search.com 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.