Dartsearch.net POP-UP Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove browser redirects to dartsearch.net from Mac?

What is dartsearch.net?

dartsearch.net is a webpage that provides visitors with dubious content. Generally, most people end up visiting this website inadvertently due to adware-type potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) installed on their systems. People usually install these PUAs unintentionally. They go on to serve users with various advertisements and record browsing-related data. Some other dubious websites similar to dartsearch.net include tweakingtools.info, getmacsoft.com, and nextoptim.com.

dartsearch.net scam

PUAs force users to visit dartsearch.net by opening new browser windows or tabs. At time of research, this website promoted the MacKeeper application, which is also categorized as a potentially unwanted app. We recommend that you do not download applications that are promoted using dubious websites such as dartsearch.net. As well as redirects to untrustworthy websites, PUAs feed users with coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys, and other intrusive advertisements. These ads conceal underlying content of visited websites and are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. They can be annoying and, if clicked, might lead to other dubious, deceptive websites containing malicious content. Some of these ads execute scripts that download/install unwanted apps. Another downside of having these apps installed is that they usually collect information such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. In addition, PUAs might also record personal details. Developers of these PUAs share recorded information with third parties who then misuse it to generate revenue. Note that some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. In summary, PUAs might cause problems relating to your privacy, browsing safety, and can lead to computer infections. We advise you to uninstall all PUAs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Nameclickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up
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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Unwanted apps of this type are usually promoted as 'useful', capable of delivering various features, tools, and so on. When installed, however, they are simply used by developers to generate revenue. Furthermore, they provide none of the functionality promised or any other value.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Typically, unwanted apps infiltrate systems through intrusive advertisements or when developers use "bundling", a deceptive method that allows PUA developers to trick users into installing unwanted programs together with regular software downloaded from the internet. Bundled apps are usually hidden in download or installation processes - "Custom"/"Advanced" (or similar) settings. These unwanted installations usually occur due to users who rush installation/download steps without studying the settings. Furthermore, many users click various ads, which can also result in installation or downloads of unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Pay enough attention when installing or downloading software, especially freeware. Check all available download or installation options/settings and opt-out of offers to install unwanted apps. Avoid using unofficial software download sources or third party software downloaders or installers. They are often used to promote unwanted apps. Avoid visiting dubious websites, and do not click advertisements displayed on them. Many intrusive ads redirect to other dubious websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If you encounter these redirects, it is possible that an unwanted app is installed on your computer or web browser. Check the list of installed add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins on your browser and programs on your computer. Remove all unwanted or suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Instant automatic removal of clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up: 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 clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove 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 clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up 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.

clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up 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.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up 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.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove clickserve.dartsearch.net pop-up 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.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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