Search.getmybestyear.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: search.getmybestyear.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.getmybestyear.com?

search.getmybestyear.com is categorized as a fake search engine, however, developers promote it as legitimate and useful. Generally, developers of these search engines offer an enhanced browsing experience (more accurate results, faster searches, and so on), however, they use rogue downloaders/installers to promote the site (in this case, search.getmybestyear.com). The downloaders/installers usually modify browser settings. Furthermore, when used, search.getmybestyear.com collects browsing related information. Examples of other similar fake search engines include search.byomlapp.com, search.kimosachi.com, and search.getvideomonkey.com.

search.getmybestyear.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue downloaders/installers mostly target and affect browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox. They change browser settings such as default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. In this case, by assigning them to search.getmybestyear.com. Therefore, this website appears when a browser or new tab is opened, or when a search query is entered into the URL bar. People are thus forced to visit this website whether they wish to or not. Rogue downloader/installers also install "helper objects". These are browser applications (extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) that prevent users from undoing the aforementioned changes. Therefore, it is impossible to revert settings to their previous states as long as "helper objects" are installed. These apps, together with search.getmybestyear.com, gather data such as search queries, IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites and, possibly also personal details. The data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions are performed continuously. The use of search.getmybestyear.com is pointless, since, if a search query is entered, it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com and displays results generated by the Yahoo search engine. If you suspect that there are unwanted apps installed on your browser, remove them immediately and avoid using fake search engines in future.

Threat Summary:
Namesearch.getmybestyear.com 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 search.getmybestyear.com browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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Developers promote their fake search engines being 'useful' and invite potential users to experience the benefits of an enhanced browsing experience (improved results, various features, tools, etc.), however, none of these sites deliver any real value. Most are used generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any useful features, fake search engines cause unwanted redirects and collect user-system information. Using them simply risks computer infection with malicious apps.

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

Developers promote search.getmybestyear.com via rogue download/installation set-ups (downloaders/installers) and "bundling", a deceptive method that is used to trick users into downloading and installing unwanted apps and allowing them to make changes to browser settings. Generally, information about the presence of bundled apps or modifications to be made to browser settings are hidden within "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the installation/download set-ups. Note that these modifications or installations only occur if users skip download or installation steps without checking available options and leave them unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Be careful when browsing the web and downloading or installing software. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of all download/installation set-ups. Opt-out of offers to install additionally-included apps. Furthermore, avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting unwanted apps. Do not use unofficial websites, peer-to-peer networks and other similar channels to download software. Software should be downloaded using official sources and direct download links. Note that intrusive ads usually seem legitimate, however, they often redirect users to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. If you experience these unwanted redirects, check the list of installed applications on your browser (plug-ins, extensions or add-ons) and uninstall any suspicious, unknown entries. Also apply this to unwanted programs installed on your Mac 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.

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search.getmybestyear.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.getmybestyear.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.getmybestyear.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.getmybestyear.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.