Searchshp.com Redirect (Mac)

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

How to remove searchshp.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is searchshp.com?

Very similar to searchp.icu, homesweeklies.com, playsearchnow.com, and many others, searchshp.com is a fake search engine. The developers claim that this search engine provides the most relevant results and quick access to popular websites (such as Soundcloud, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and so on). Judging by its clean interface, this may seem to be a legitimate search engine, however, searchshp.com is promoted using rogue downloaders and installers that modify affected browser settings without users' permission. Furthermore, this website records data relating to browsing activity.

searchshp.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups that promote searchshp.com target popular browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Once searchshp.com has infiltrated the browser, it assigns searchshp.com as the default search engine, homepage, and URL of newly-opened tabs. Furthermore, these rogue set-ups install "helper objects" (third party apps and/or browser plug-ins) to prevent users from undoing the changes. They reassign browser options when attempts are made to revert them. Therefore, it is impossible to undo these changes in the usual way and users are forced to visit searchshp.com when a browser window or new tab is opened. Note also that searchshp.com causes redirects to search.playsearchnow.com. After entering a query into search.playsearchnow.com, users are redirected to search.yahoo.com (a legitimate Yahoo search engine). These pointless redirects make the searchshp.com search engine completely useless. Another negative aspect is information tracking. Most fake search engines gather data such as IP addresses, search queries, keystrokes, URLs of visited websites, etc. The collected data often includes personal/sensitive details that the developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who use this data to generate revenue. Therefore, visiting searchshp.com (and search.playsearchnow.com) might lead to various privacy or browsing safety issues. In some cases, users might end up having their identities stolen. If you encounter redirects to searchshp.com or search.playsearchnow.com, check your browser and remove any unwanted/unknown apps (browser plug-ins) as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Namesearchshp.com browser hijacker
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate searchshp.com browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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There are many fake search engines, including searchshp.com, that are promoted as 'useful' and supposedly able to provide improved search results. These sites usually serve just one purpose: to generate revenue for their developers. In most cases, they provide none of the features promised or any other enhancements. They often cause unwanted redirects and gather data. Furthermore, using fake search engines risks various privacy issues or even more serious problems such as identity theft.

How did searchshp.com install on my computer?

As mentioned above, fake search engines such as searchshp.com are promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. This is a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Software developers use this method to trick users into giving permission for rogue set-ups to modify browser settings. Generally, information regarding these modifications is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often skip these processes, thus inadvertently allowing the browser modifications mentioned. By skipping these procedures, many users expose their computers to risk of computer infections and problems relating to privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We strongly recommend that you download and install software with care. Do not use third party installers or downloaders. Developers monetize this software using "bundling" (mentioned above). The best way to install or download software is to use official and trustworthy sources/websites. Most intrusive advertisements seem legitimate, however, some redirect users to untrustworthy websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. They are often delivered by adware-type applications. If you continually encounter these redirects, it is possible that an adware app is installed. In this case, check installed apps on your browser, and uninstall all unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons immediately. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

searchshp.com causing redirects to search.playsearchnow.com (GIF):

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Website promoting searchshp.com:

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Instant automatic removal of searchshp.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 searchshp.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

searchshp.com redirect removal:

Remove searchshp.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 searchshp.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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove searchshp.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 searchshp.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 searchshp.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.