Search-me.club Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search-me.club browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search-me.club browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search-me.club?

Many fake search engines are promoted to make them seem legitimate. For example, developers present search-me.club as a useful search engine that offers an enhanced browsing experience, however, it is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups that modify browser settings. Furthermore, search-me.club gathers various browsing-related (and other) data.

search-me.club browser hijacker on a Mac computer

search-me.club is promoted using a fake Flash Player installer, however, other rogue download/installation set-ups are also used. Generally, these set-ups target browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, assigning search-me.club as the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine. Although these changes may seem insignificant, they cannot be undone. Users are forced to visit search-me.club when they open browsers or new tabs. Furthermore, set-ups install "helper objects". These apps prevent users from undoing the settings - they reassign them when attempts are made to revert any settings. These modifications can significantly diminish the overall browsing experience. Furthermore, "helper objects" and search-me.club gather data (mostly IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on), however, they might also collect personal details. The information is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, using the search-me.club fake search engine or having "helper objects" installed can lead to problems relating to privacy, browsing security, or even cause identity theft.

There are many fake search engines that are very similar or even identical to search-me.club. Some examples are weknow.ac, mysearchency.com, and search.porterice.com. Typically, developers offer 'useful' tools or functions, however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Fake search engines generate revenue for the developers and deliver no real value for regular users. Some give misleading results and feed users with various intrusive ads, both of which can lead to dubious websites. You are advised to avoid using these search engines and uninstall unwanted apps.

How did search-me.club install on my computer?

search-me.club fake search engine is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Software developers are aware that many users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, all details regarding browser modifications are hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other parts) of the download/installation processes. By skipping download or installation steps, users often grant set-ups permission to modify browser settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use official and trustworthy sources when downloading software, and avoid third party downloaders/installers, torrent clients, and so on. Do not skip software download and installation steps, and check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other parts of these processes. Deselect offers to download or install unwanted apps or to make changes to browsers. Only then finish the process. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially when visiting dubious websites. If you often encounter ads that redirect you to untrustworthy websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on), check for suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser, and programs on your computer. Uninstall them immediately. 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 search-me.club:

flash player installer promoting search-me.club

Website promoting fake Adobe Flash Player installer that promotes search-me.club:

website promoting fake flash player installer promoting search-me.club

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the search-me.club 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".

search-me.club preferences step 1

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

search-me.club 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 search-me.club using Combo Cleaner:

search-me.club redirect removal:

Remove search-me.club-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-me.club 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

search-me.club browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search-me.club 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-me.club 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-me.club 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.