Search.bravogol.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Bravogol browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
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 search engine identical to search.smokyashan.com, search.debrikon.com, and many others. Judging on appearance alone, search.bravogol.com barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other popular search engines. Therefore, many users believe that this site is also legitimate and useful. In fact, search.bravogol.com is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups that modify browsers without direct permission. In addition, this website records information relating to browsing activity.

search.bravogol.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups usually target the most popular web browsers: Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Immediately after infiltration, they assign search.bravogol.com as the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options. Furthermore, set-ups also install a number of "helper objects" - third party applications and/or browser plug-ins. These reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to return browsers to their previous states and are encouraged to visit search.bravogol.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Note that search.bravogol.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com when a search query is entered. Therefore, users end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine), thus making search.bravogol.com useless and irrelevant. As mentioned above search.bravogol.com (and "helper objects") continually gather information relating to browsing activity. Search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, and other collected data usually contains personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private data. Therefore, information tracking might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to search.bravogol.com, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins.

There are hundreds of fake internet search engines, all of which are virtually identical. By offering improved results and other "useful features" (quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, latest news, etc.), they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, these websites typically have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, fake search engines cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and diminishing the browsing experience. Note that some fake search engines feed users with misleading results and intrusive advertisements. These typically lead to dubious, potentially malicious websites. Therefore, using these sites can 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 rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, all information regarding modification of browser settings is hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. By rushing and skipping steps, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify settings, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Potentially unwanted applications are distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements (which redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install malware). To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze all steps of the download/installation steps. Decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included. Avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most are monetized using the "bundling" method. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Remember that intrusive ads usually seem legitimate, but most redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.), These ads are usually delivered by adware-type apps. Therefore, if you encounter dubious redirects, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to 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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Quick menu:

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.