Homesweeklies.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: homesweeklies.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove homesweeklies.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is homesweeklies.com?

According to developers, homesweeklies.com is a search engine (similar to search.playsearchnow.com) that offers a supposedly enhanced browsing experience and improved results. In fact, these are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimacy - homesweeklies.com is promoted using deceptive software downloaders (or installers) that hijack browsers and change settings. Furthermore, homesweeklies.com is known to gather various browsing-related data.

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The installers target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, assigning the new tab URL, search engine, and homepage options to homesweeklies.com. Furthermore, "helper objects" are also installed. These are third party browser applications/extensions that prevent users from undoing the changes (at least in the usual way) and they are forced to visit homesweeklies.com when they open browsers/new tabs. These changes may not seem significant, but they can be very annoying. Furthermore, browser hijackers might cause redirects  to search.searchgeniusinfo.com, search.playsearchnow.com, and search.yahoo.com. Most gather browsing-related data such as IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, search queries, keystrokes, geo-locations, and so on. The same applies to the homesweeklies.com. It is possible that some of the data will contain personal or sensitive information that is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Data-tracking apps might also cause various privacy and browsing safety issues, or even worse, identity theft. If you encounter redirects to homesweeklies.com (or other websites mentioned above), check your browser for any suspicious/unwanted applications and remove them. Do not return to homesweeklies.com.

Threat Summary:
Name homesweeklies.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 52.38.243.52
Related Domains search.noblefriendly[.]com, searchword[.]news, search.safefinderformac[.]com, safefinderformac[.]com, safefinder[.]com, searchro[.]press, beonline[.]pw, searchshp[.]com, gmara.co[.]il
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Detection Names (fake flash player installer promoting homesweeklies.com) Avast (MacOS:AdwareSig [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:AdwareSig [Adw]), Ikarus (AdWare.MAC.Generic), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate homesweeklies.com browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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There are many similar websites including linkey-search.com, search.linkeymac.com, search.pensirot.com, etc. All are promoted as useful, offering better search results, and so on, however, these rogue search engines usually generate revenue for their developers by gathering data and causing unwanted redirects. Using these untrustworthy search engines might cause a number of problems, including computer infections.

How did homesweeklies.com install on my computer?

homesweeklies.com is promoted using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers hide information relating to changes that will be made to web browser in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the download or/and installation processes. In most cases, permission to make these changes is given when users skip steps of installation/download procedures without checking the settings. This behaviour often leads to privacy issues or computer infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using official and trustworthy websites, check all available settings/options (such as "Advanced", "Custom"), and do not allow additional software to be installed. Deselect unwanted/unknown applications, and only then finish the download or installation process. Furthermore, some browser hijackers are promoted through intrusive advertisements, and thus we do not recommend you click these ads (especially when visiting unknown websites). If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

homesweeklies.com redirecting users to search.playsearchnow.com (GIF):

hommesweeklies.com appearance gif

Website promoting homesweeklies.com:

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Browser-hijacking apps preventing users from accessing and changing the homepage of Safari web browser:

homesweeklies.com preventing users from changing the homepage setting

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the homesweeklies.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"

homesweeklies.com preferences step 1

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

homesweeklies.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.

Instant automatic removal of homesweeklies.com browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of homesweeklies.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove homesweeklies.com browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:

homesweeklies.com redirect removal:

Remove homesweeklies.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 homesweeklies.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.

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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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove homesweeklies.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 homesweeklies.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 homesweeklies.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.