Mysearchency.com Redirect (Mac)

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

How to remove mysearchency.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is mysearchency.com?

mysearchency.com is one of many fake search engines (virtually identical to weknow.ac, search.porterice.com, and nextoptim.com) promoted as a search engine that provides users with an enhanced browsing experience, accurate results, and so on. As with most fake search engines, however, this site is promoted using rogue (download/installation) set-ups that modify browser settings without direct user permission. Furthermore, mysearchency.com is categorized as data-tracking website that collects browsing-related data.

mysearchency.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups (in this case, a fake Flash player installer) target Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Once a browser is infiltrated, the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage settings are assigned to mysearchency.com. Therefore, users are forced to visit this website when they open browsers or new tabs. Furthermore, rogue set-ups often install so-called "helper objects". These apps prevent users from undoing any of the changes - they reassign settings when attempts are made to change them. Another downside of "helper objects" and mysearchency.com is that they track browsing-related activities. They collect data such as IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, search queries, geo-locations, and so on. Furthermore, the collected data is continually shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions can lead to various problems relating to privacy or browsing safety, and might also cause more serious issues such as identity theft.

There are hundreds of fake search engines online. Developers attempt to give the impression of legitimacy by promoting them as useful search engines. In fact, they are designed only to generate revenue and cause various problems. Furthermore, some provide search results (or feed users with ads) that could lead to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on).

How did mysearchency.com install on my computer?

As mentioned earlier, mysearchency.com is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups (such as fake Flash Player installers). This is called "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into downloading or installing potentially unwanted apps that change browser settings. Software developers achieve this by hiding information about such modifications (or unwanted apps) in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users skip download/installation processes, thus inadvertently allowing installation of unwanted apps or changes to browser settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using official, trustworthy websites/sources. Do not use third party downloaders, installers and other similar tools - these are often monetized by promoting unwanted applications (or other software). Install software with care and do not skip installation steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Deselect any unwanted software (or other extras) and only then finish the installation. The internet is full of dubious advertisements. Some intrusive ads redirect users to untrustworthy and potentially malicious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). If you encounter these ads or redirects, check your browser for any unwanted, dubious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons and remove them immediately. Also remove all unwanted software from the list of installed programs on your computer. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Deceptive application installer promoting mysearchency.com:

fake flash player installer promoting mysearchency.com

Website promoting a fake Adobe Flash Player updater that promotes mysearchency.com:

website promoting fake flash player installer promoting mysearchency.com

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

mysearchency.com preferences step 1

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

mysearchency.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.

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Quick menu:

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

mysearchency.com redirect removal:

Remove mysearchency.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 mysearchency.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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mysearchency.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 mysearchency.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 mysearchency.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.