Search.bravogol.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.bravogol.com?

search.bravogol.com is another fake web search engine identical to search.smokyashan.com, search.debrikon.com, and many others. Judging on it's appearance alone, search.bravogol.com barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate web search engines. For this reason, many believe that search.bravogol.com is also appropriate and handy. However, this is false. Be aware that search.bravogol.com is promoted using rogue download/installation setups that modify web browsers' without asking for direct permission. If that wasn't enough, this website is designed to record information about user's web browsing activity.

search.bravogol.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue setups usually target the most popular web browsers: Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Immediately after infiltration, setups assign search.bravogol.com as browsers' new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage. What's more important is that setups also install a number of "helper objects" - third party applications and/or browser plug-ins. These are designed to reassign web browsers' options every time attempts to change them are made. For this reason, users are unable to return browsers to their previous state. Ultimately users have no choice but to visit search.bravogol.com every time they open a new browsing tab or either search the web via URL bar. This results in a significant decrease in web browsing quality. Note that search.bravogol.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com every time the search query is entered. In other words, users end up searching the web via Yahoo - a legitimate web search engine, what makes search.bravogol.com completely useless and irrelevant. As mentioned above search.bravogol.com (as well as "helper objects") continually gathers information about user's web browsing activity. The problem is that search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, and other collected data usually contains personal details. What's more, developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received data. Hence, information tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Users who encounter redirects to search.bravogol.com should immediately eliminate all questionable applications and browser plug-ins.

There are hundreds of fake Internet search engines, all of which are virtually identical. By offering improved search results and other "advantageous features" (quick access to popular websites, weather forecast, latest news, etc.), fake search engines create the impression of legitimacy and usefulness. However, be aware that these websites typically have only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of giving any real value for the actual user, fake search engines cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby posing direct threat to user's privacy, as well as diminishing Internet browsing experience. Note that some fake search engines feed users with misleading results and/or intrusive advertisements. Both typically lead to questionable (potentially malicious websites). Therefore, usage of fake search engines might eventually lead to various system infections.

How did search.bravogol.com install on my computer?

As mentioned above, search.bravogol.com is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that users often recklessly rush download/installation processes and skip most of the steps. For this reason, all information regarding modification of browsers' settings is hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. By carelessly rushing and skipping steps users not only inadvertently grant setups a permission to modify settings, but also expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted applications are also distributed using the "bundling" method, as well as intrusive advertisements (which redirect to malicious websites, as well as execute scripts that download and install malware). Therefore, in order to prevent this situation users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Always be sure to select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze all steps of download/installation steps. While doing so, decline all offers to download/install additional applications and be sure to opt-out already included ones. Users are also advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, because most of them are monetized using the "bundling" method. Instead, software should be downloaded only from official sources, using direct download links. Moreover, remember that intrusive ads usually look completely appropriate. However, distinguishing is easy, because most of them redirect to questionable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) These ads are usually delivered by adware-type apps, which means that users who encounter questionable redirects should immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. Key to it's safety is caution. 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.bravogol.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.bravogol.com

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

search.bravogol.com redirect removal:

Remove search.bravogol.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 bravogol 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove bravogol 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 bravogol 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 bravogol 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.