Search.archivemanagerapp.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.archivemanagerapp.com?

search.archivemanagerapp.com is presented as a legitimate search engine. Developers promote it as 'useful', offering faster searches, improved search results, and so on. In fact, search.archivemanagerapp.com is a fake search engine that is promoted via rogue downloaders/installers, which adjust affected browser settings. Additionally, this search engine is known to record various information.

search.archivemanagerapp.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

In most cases, rogue downloaders/installers target popular browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. As mentioned, they modify browser settings, in this case, assigning search.archivemanagerapp.com as the new default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. Therefore, users with browser settings modified by these rogue downloaders/installers are forced to visit this website when they open a new tab, new browser window, or enter a search query into the URL bar. In addition to these changes, "helper objects" (applications such as browser extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) are installed. These apps prevent users from undoing or changing the assigned settings. Therefore, it is impossible to revert browser settings to their previous states (or change them), unless "helper objects" are uninstalled. Furthermore, these apps (and search.archivemanagerapp.com) gather information relating to users' browsing activity and other data. They collect IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, entered search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, etc. They might also record personal/sensitive information. Developers share the data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. There is a strong possibility that some of these parties might be cyber criminals. Therefore, information tracking and sharing activities performed by unwanted apps and fake search engines can lead to browsing safety problems and online privacy issues. There is also a high probability that some users might become victims of identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Namesearch.archivemanagerapp.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.archivemanagerapp.com browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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There are hundreds of fake search engines that are similar to this one. For example, search.yadbazelet.com, search.elifaint.com, and search.fegline.com. Despite some minor differences, most are very similar. Developers promote them as useful sites, however, these search engines provide no real value. On the contrary, they cause problems and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers.

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

In most cases, developers promote fake search engines via rogue download/installation set-ups and "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps (PUAs) and allowing modification of browser settings. Generally, information about these effects is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of the download/installation processes. By rushing these processes  and skipping steps, many users inadvertently allow PUAs to be installed or browser settings to be modified.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid these situations, browse the web and download/install software carefully. Avoid using third party software downloaders (and installers), since these tools often are monetized by promoting unwanted apps. Download and install software with care. Do not skip download/installation steps - analyze each step by checking all available settings/options such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. Furthermore, bear in mind that most potentially malicious (or other untrustworthy/deceptive) advertisements usually seem legitimate, however, by clicking them, users risk being redirected to dubious websites such as adult dating, gambling, pornography, etc. If you see these ads or experience unwanted redirects, check for unwanted installations (add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins on your browser, or programs on your computer). Remove all suspicious/unwanted entries immediately. 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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Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.archivemanagerapp.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.archivemanagerapp.com redirect removal:

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.archivemanagerapp.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.archivemanagerapp.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.archivemanagerapp.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.