Mysearches.co Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: mysearches.co browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove mysearches.co browser hijacker from Mac?

What is mysearches.co?

mysearches.co is one of many search engines that is promoted by offering faster searches, improved results, quick access to popular websites, and so on. In fact, it is categorized as a fake search engine, since developers promote it using rogue downloaders/installers that hijack browsers and modify settings. Furthermore, as with most search engines of this type, mysearches.co gathers browsing-related data.

mysearches.co browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue downloaders/installers target browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Once a web browser is hijacked, settings are modified - mysearches.co is assigned as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. Furthermore, the changes cannot be reverted, since rogue set-ups install so-called "helper objects" (third party apps and browser plug-ins) that prevent users from making any further modifications - "helper objects" reassign settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users of hijacked browsers are forced to visit mysearches.co when they open a browser or new tab, or when a search query is entered into the URL bar. Additionally, mysearches.co provides search results generated by Yahoo - it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com, thus making mysearches.co redundant. Another disadvantage of using mysearches.co and having rogue apps/add-ons installed is that they record browsing-related information such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. This might also include personal/sensitive information. Furthermore, the data is continually shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, using these rogue search engines can lead to privacy issues or even identity theft. If you experience redirects to mysearches.co, check your browser and remove all dubious unwanted/unknown plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons immediately.

Threat Summary:
Namemysearches.co browser hijacker
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There are countless fake search engines available on the internet such as goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net, linkey-search.com, and search.pensirot.com. Generally, they are promoted by offering an enhanced browsing experience, however, they simply generate revenue for the developers by causing unwanted redirects and recording data. Some of these search engines provide misleading results or feed users with intrusive ads that lead to untrustworthy websites.

How did mysearches.co install on my computer?

As mentioned above, mysearches.co (and most other fake search engines) are promoted via rogue download/installation set-ups and use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Generally, developers hide information about the modification of browser settings in "Custom" and "Advanced" options of the download/installation process. Despite this, permissions to change browser settings are usually granted by users unintentionally, since many skip download/installation steps. This can lead to privacy issues, risk computer infection with malware and viruses, and various other problems.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of potentially unwanted applications, choose software download sources carefully. The best way to download software is using official, trustworthy websites and direct links. Avoid using third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites and other similar channels. Carefully analyze each download/installation set-up and do not skip steps without checking all settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. Decline offers to download/install additional applications and only then finish the process. Furthermore, avoid clicking ads displayed on untrustworthy, suspicious websites. These ads often redirect to potentially malicious websites (pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc.). If you encounter these ads or you are redirected to dubious websites, there might be unwanted apps installed on your browser or operating system. Check for unknown/suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser, or programs on your computer. Remove unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

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Quick menu:

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mysearches.co redirect removal:

Remove mysearches.co-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 mysearches.co 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.

mysearches.co browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mysearches.co 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 mysearches.co 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 mysearches.co 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.