Baysearch.co Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: BaySearch Video browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove baysearch.co browser hijacker from Mac?

What is baysearch.co?

baysearch.co is a fake search engine that developers promote using the BaySearch Video application. This app supposedly allows users to access various movies and online videos directly from their browsers. Therefore, BaySearch Video may seem to be a legitimate and useful tool, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Typically, users are tricked into installing these apps unintentionally. Avoid apps such as BaySearch Video, since they record data relating to browsing activity and also make changes to browser settings.

baysearch.co browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Like most of these hijackers, BaySearch Video targets popular browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Once installed, this app assigns baysearch.co as the default search engine, new tab URL, and homepage. Therefore, users with BaySearch Video installed are forced to visit this website when they open a browser, new tab, or enter a search query into the URL bar. It also prevents users from undoing these changes, unless the app is uninstalled. Using the baysearch.co search engine might also cause installation of malicious programs. Rather than providing legitimate search results, it redirects to untrustworthy (potentially malicious) websites. Furthermore, BaySearch Video is categorized as data-tracking app, since it continually records browsing-related information such as geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, etc. Developers share the data with third parties (possibly, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. We recommend that you uninstall BaySearch Video app and all other similar apps immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameBaySearch Video 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

To eliminate BaySearch Video browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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BaySearch Video is similar to other apps of this type, such as TapuFind, Safe Finder, and Search-Bee. These apps are promoted as offering 'useful' features but most share the same purpose - to generate revenue for the developers by gathering data and causing unwanted redirects. Some PUAs also feed users with intrusive ads. They rarely provide users with the functionality promised or any other value.

How did baysearch.co install on my computer?

There is a website that is used to promote the BaySearch Video app, however, users generally install these apps unintentionally during download/installation of third party software that has additional 'bundled' software. "Bundling" is a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into downloading/installing unwanted apps together with other software. Developers often successfully trick users by hiding these extra apps in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar options or settings of the download/installation processes. Generally, developers do not disclose information about the inclusion of bundled PUAs. Despite this, skipping download/installation steps is the main cause of these inadvertent installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid PUA download/installation, download software using only trustworthy, official websites (or other sources) and direct links. Do not use third party software downloaders or installers, since they are often monetized by promoting PUAs using the aforementioned "bundling" method. Do not rush downloads/installations without first checking the available options and settings. Examine "Custom", "Advanced" and other options/settings, deselect unwanted applications, and only then finish the download/installation process. Avoid visiting untrustworthy websites and clicking ads displayed on them. Most intrusive ads redirect users to untrustworthy websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). If you encounter intrusive ads or unwanted redirects, it is possible that these are caused by installed PUAs. Check for unwanted/dubious apps (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) installed on your browser. Remove any unknown, suspicious, or unwanted entries. Do the same with programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting BaySearch Video browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote baysearch.co

Screenshot of a BaySearch Video extension installed on Google Chrome:

BaySearch Video app installed on Google Chrome

Instant automatic removal of BaySearch Video browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of BaySearch Video browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove browser redirects to baysearch.co using Combo Cleaner:

baysearch.co redirect removal:

Remove baysearch.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 baysearch video 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.

BaySearch Video browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove baysearch video 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 baysearch video 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 baysearch video 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.