Weknow.start.me Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: weknow.start.me browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove weknow.start.me browser hijacker from Mac?

What is weknow.start.me?

Weknow.start.me is a new variant of weknow.ac, it is a fake search engine that is promoted as legitimate. According to its developers, weknow.start.me supposed to provide its users with an enhanced browsing experience (improved search results, faster searches and so on). This search engine is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers (download/installation set-ups) that are designed to modify browser's settings. Moreover, it also gathers information related to its user's browsing habits. It is worth mentioning that start.me itself is a legitimate domain that is being used by weknow.start.me fake search engine's developers.

weknow.start.me browser hijacker on a Mac computer

The rogue downloaders/installers that are mentioned in introduction usually target web browsers such as Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. In this case they appoint the weknow.start.me address as a default search engine, homepage and new tab URL. Not everyone might find these changes important, however, they cannot be undone/changed. These set-ups (rogue installers) install "helper objects" as well. These are designed to make sure that user's could not modify the appointed settings: they reassign these browser settings once the attempt to change is made. Simply said, it means that people who have their browsers affected this way are forced to visit weknow.start.me every time they open a new browser window, tab or enter a search query into the URL bar. Another problem is that both "helper objects" (browser extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) and the weknow.start.me fake search engine gather browsing-related (and often other) information. Usually it is search queries, IP addresses, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites as and so on. However, thee is always a possibility that some of the personal data might be collected as well. This data is shared with third parties (possibly cyber criminals as well) who misuse it to generate revenue. Search engines and apps that collect data might cause their users a variety of problems related to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft. If there are any unwanted apps installed on a web browser, then we recommend to uninstall them as soon as possible.

There is a countless number of various fake search engines, these are just a few examples of other search engines of this type: search.fegline.com, search.blueslaluz.com and search.getmybestyear.com. As a rule, their developers present/promote them as legitimate and also capable of providing their users with some useful functions. However, rather than delivering the promised qualities they often are designed only to generate revenue for their developers in one or another way.

How did weknow.start.me install on my computer?

As we explained, weknow.start.me search engine's developers distribute (promote) it using rogue downloaders/installers that hijack web browsers. They often succeed because they use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This method is used to trick people into allowing to make changes in browser's settings and to install various unwanted apps. Usually all the information about unwanted apps or possible modifications of browser's settings is being hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of download/installation processes. However, none of the unwanted installations of changes in browser's settings could happen without user's permission. Typically, they grant these permissions by leaving all the aforementioned settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Most of the times careless behaviour and/or poor knowledge are the main reasons behind problems related to online safety and privacy. In order to avoid things that we mentioned above, we recommend to browse the web and download, install software with care. Do not download software using unofficial, untrustworthy websites, torrent clients (or other Peer-to-Peer networks) or various third party downloaders. Always check all the available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options when downloading installing any software. Make sure that all offers to install some unwanted apps are declined. Furthermore, keep in mind that cyber criminals often invest money into ads design, that is why most of them look legitimate. Unreliable advertisements often lead to adult dating, pornography, gambling and other untrustworthy websites. Being constantly redirected to websites of this type might mean that there are some unwanted apps installed on a web browser or a computer. Uninstall all the unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on your web browser and programs that are installed on a computer. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of weknow.start.me website (redirects to a questionable search engine once a query is entered):

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Websites promoting rogue installers that promote weknow.start.me fake search engine:

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Delusive application installers promoting weknow.start.me:

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IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the weknow.start.me website are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles"

pavadinimas preferences step 1

2) Select the "AdminPrefs" profile and delete it.

pavadinimas preferences step 2

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects to weknow.start.me using Combo Cleaner:

weknow.start.me redirect removal:

Remove weknow.start.me 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 weknow.start.me 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.

weknow.start.me browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove weknow.start.me 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 weknow.start.me 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 weknow.start.me 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.