Search.porterice.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.porterice.com?

search.porterice.com is one of many fake search engines, and very similar to search.debrikon.com, search.borderov.com, and search.parazipper.com. Developers of this site offer a better browsing experience (improved search results, etc.), however, they promote this fake search engine using rogue download/installation set-ups that modify browser settings. Furthermore, search.porterice.com collects data relating to browsing habits/activity.

search.porterice.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups target popular browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. They assign the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL browser settings to search.porterice.com. Users are then forced to visit this website when they open browsers/new tabs. They cannot undo/change these changes, since rogue set-ups install "helper objects" that prevent users from reverting them. Set-ups reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Modified browser settings and redirects to search.porterice.com can be frustrating. Furthermore, "helper objects" and this fake search engine record data such as IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, search queries, and other browsing-related details. The recorded information often contains personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) to generate revenue. These third parties also misuse the data to generate revenue. Thus data/information tracking and sharing can lead to privacy/browsing safety issues or even more serious problems such as identity theft. Therefore, we recommend that you uninstall any unwanted/suspicious apps from your browsers and avoid using fake search engines such as search.porterice.com.

There are many fake search engines, all of which are identical. Developers promote them as legitimate and offer an enhanced browsing experience or various other improvements/useful features. Few provide the functionality promised. They are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and provide no real value. Furthermore, fake search engines cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and so on. They cause misleading results, which lead to untrustworthy websites.

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

search.porterice.com is promoted using rogue installation/download set-ups. Successful browser infiltrations are achieved through a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is used to trick users into allowing changes to be made to browser settings. Information regarding these changes is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings (options) of the download or installation processes. This information is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many users do not check available settings or skip steps when downloading/installing software. This causes inadvertent installations, since they grant permission to change browser settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official and trustworthy sources, especially if it is free. Do not download software using third party software downloaders/installers or other sources of this kind - these tools often are monetized by promoting unwanted apps. Furthermore, install software with care. Study each dialog (setup) window and check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar sections. Opt-out of offers to install additional (unwanted) apps and only then finish the installation/download process. Note that intrusive ads usually seem legitimate, however, once clicked, they lead to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. If you encounter these redirects, check your browser for any unwanted entries (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons, etc.) and remove them immediately. Also check the list of installed programs on your operating system. 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.porterice.com:

website promoting search.porterice.com fake search engine

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.porterice.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.porterice.com redirect removal:

Remove search.porterice.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 search.porterice.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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.porterice.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 search.porterice.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 search.porterice.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.