Search.fegline.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is Search.fegline.com?

search.fegline.com is a fake, dubious search engine and similar to many others of this kind including search.blueslaluz.com, search.getmybestyear.com, and search.byomlapp.com. Although the site it is promoted as legitimate and useful, its main purpose is to gather browsing-related information. Furthermore, developers promote this search engine using rogue downloaders/installers that modify browser settings.

Search.fegline.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Downloaders/installers are usually responsible for making changes to browser settings such as default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. In this case, they assign search.blueslaluz.com as the new address for these settings. They can then no longer be changed - rogue downloaders/installers install so-called "helper objects (applications such as extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) that prevent users from selecting another default search engine and changing the other settings. Therefore, users are forced to visit search.fegline.com when they open a browser, new tab, or search via the URL bar. Do use this fake search engine, since it gathers various data, such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. Helper objects also record data, some of which might include personal details that developers share with third parties (cyber criminals) who misuse them to generate revenue. Note that using search.fegline.com as a search engine is pointless, as it does not provide any unique search results and simply delivers results delivered by Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Therefore, if a search query is entered, it simply redirects users to Yahoo's search engine and displays corresponding results. Using this fake search engine or having unwanted apps such as "helper objects" installed can lead to various problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, etc.

Threat Summary:
NameSearch.fegline.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

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There are many fake search engines available online. Most developers promote them as tools capable of providing an enhanced browsing experience (improved search results, faster searches, and so on), however, these search engines are bogus. Using them will lead to various problems, since they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers.

How did Search.fegline.com install on my computer?

search.fegline.com is promoted through rogue downloaders/installers via "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading/installing potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) or allowing downloaders/installers to modify default browser settings. Information about potential modifications or unwanted installations is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings or options of the download/installation set-ups. Note, however, that unwanted installations and modifications to browser settings usually occur only when people install or download software without checking and changing available settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using official and trustworthy sources. Do not use third party software downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, or other similar channels. When installing software, check available "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of the installation set-ups. Additionally, ensure that there are no checkboxes included that are ticked by default. These are often used to trick people into installing or downloading unwanted software. The web is full of intrusive ads - do not click them, since many redirect users to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. These ads are often displayed on untrustworthy websites. If you encounter dubious ads or redirects to websites of this type, check for new plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions installed on your browser and remove all unknown/unwanted entries immediately. Also check unwanted programs installed on your 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.fegline.com:

Dubious website used to promote Search.fegline.com

Instant automatic removal of Search.fegline.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.fegline.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.fegline.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.fegline.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.fegline.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.fegline.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.fegline.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.

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
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