Search.blueslaluz.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.blueslaluz.com?

search.blueslaluz.com is a fake search engine virtually identical to many others of this type including search.getmybestyear.com, search.byomlapp.com, and search.kimosachi.com. This site is presented as a legitimate search engine capable of providing an enhanced browsing experience (faster searches, more accurate search results, and so on), however, like most search engines, it is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers designed to modify affected browser settings. Furthermore, when used, search.blueslaluz.com records browsing-related data.

search.blueslaluz.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue downloaders/installers affect settings such as the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage. In this case, all settings are assigned to search.blueslaluz.com. These settings cannot be reverted to their previous states, since rogue downloaders/installers usually install "helper objects". These apps (extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) prevent users from reverting the aforementioned changes. Users with browsers infiltrated by these rogue downloaders/installers (and "helper objects") are forced to visit search.blueslaluz.com when a new browser tab or new window is opened, or a search query is entered into the URL bar. Furthermore, the search.blueslaluz.com fake search engine and "helper objects" gather information such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and other data of this type. They might also collect personal details. Developers share this information with third parties (often, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, "helper objects" should be uninstalled and fake search engines such as search.blueslaluz.com should never be used. Furthermore, the use of search.blueslaluz.com as a search engine is pointless, since it does not generate unique results - it simply delivers results generated by Yahoo (when a search query is entered, it redirects to search.yahoo.com).

Threat Summary:
Namesearch.blueslaluz.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.blueslaluz.com browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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Criminals who develop search engines of this type promote them as legitimate, useful, and so on. They invite people to take advantage of various additional features, however, these are merely attempts to trick people into using their rogue search engines. Using them allows developers to generate revenue, whilst regular users receive nothing in return. These search engines provide none of the functions promised.

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

As mentioned, search.blueslaluz.com is promoted through rogue downloaders/installers and by employing a deceptive marketing method "bundling". This method often allows developers to successfully trick people into allowing unwanted apps to be installed and gives permission to change browser settings. They hide information regarding these changes or installations in "Custom", "Advanced", and other settings of other installation/download set-ups. In summary, browsers are affected and unwanted apps are installed during installations/downloads of regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download and install software, and browse the web with caution. Do not download software using third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial, dubious websites, and so on. Use only official websites (and direct links). Do not hurry when installing or downloading software: ensure that there are no additional applications included. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options/settings of any download or installation set-up. Decline any offers to install unwanted software/apps and only then finish the procedure. Many intrusive ads on the internet are bogus. They are often displayed on dubious websites and, if clicked, redirect people to other untrustworthy, potentially malicious sites. Typically, they redirect to adult dating, pornography, gambling, and other sites of this type. If you experience these unwanted ads and redirects, PUAs might be installed on your browser or computer. Check the list of installed browser apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) and remove all unwanted entries. Apply this to programs installed on the operating system. 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 search.blueslaluz.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.blueslaluz.com

Instant automatic removal of search.blueslaluz.com 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 search.blueslaluz.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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search.blueslaluz.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.blueslaluz.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.blueslaluz.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.blueslaluz.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.