Search.hogwarin.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.hogwarin.com?

search.hogwarin.com is one of many fake search engines that supposedly provide more accurate results and an improved overall browsing experience. Judging on appearance, this may seem to be a legitimate search engine, similar to Google, Yahoo, and other well-known sites, however, search.hogwarin.com is promoted through rogue download/installation set-ups that modify affected browser settings and record/track information relating to browsing habits.

search.hogwarin.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Set-ups (used to promote search.hogwarin.com) often affect popular browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. They assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage browser settings to search.hogwarin.com. Therefore, users are forced to visit search.hogwarin.com when they open browsers or new tabs. Additionally, these rogue download/installation set-ups install "helper objects" - apps that prevent users from undoing the modifications. "Helper objects" reassign search.hogwarin.com as the default homepage, search engine, etc. when attempts are made to revert the settings. Having a browser affected in this way can be frustrating and will significantly diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, search.hogwarin.com and "helper objects" are programmed to gather data relating to users' browsing activities. They collect IP addresses, search results, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and other similar data that is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, avoid using the search.hogwarin.com fake search engine and check your browsers for any unwanted apps.

There are many fake search engines online. Some examples are search-me.club, mysearchency.com, and search.porterice.com. Most are promoted as legitimate and providing an enhanced browsing experience, useful features, tools, etc. In fact, most fake search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and provide none of the functionality promised. Furthermore, they often cause unwanted redirects, deliver misleading results, and display intrusive ads.

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

As search.hogwarin.com is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups, users often allow them to make changes inadvertently. Developers achieve this using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling often tricks users into allowing browser changes by hiding information regarding the modifications in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the download/installation processes. Nevertheless, these permissions cannot be successfully granted unless users skip download/installation steps or leave settings/options unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent unwanted downloads/installations on computers/browsers, download software using official and trustworthy sources, and not third party downloaders/installers such as peer-to-peer networks (torrents, eMule etc) and other dubious channels. Furthermore, check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of each download or installation. Deselect unwanted applications (and additional offers) and only then finish the download/installation. Remember that online ads may seem legitimate, but many redirect to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If these ads occur frequently, there might be unwanted applications installed on your browser or programs on your computer. Check the list of installed browser extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins, and remove unwanted/unknown entries immediately. Also check for unwanted programs installed 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.hogwarin.com:

website promoting search.hogwaring.com fake search engine

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Quick menu:

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

search.hogwarin.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.hogwarin.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.hogwarin.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.hogwarin.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.