Search.dramofog.com Redirect (Mac)

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

How to remove Search.dramofog.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is Search.dramofog.com?

search.dramofog.com is a fake search engine (also known as searchv.dramofog.com) and is very similar to search.pogypog.com, search.yadbazelet.com, searchv.dooryov.com, and many other search engines of this type. Note that search.dramofog.com is presented as legitimate - developers promote it as being useful, offering faster searches, and more accurate search results, etc. They promote it using rogue downloaders/installers that change browser settings. Furthermore, this fake search engine gathers various information relating to users' browsing habits.

Search.dramofog.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Typically, rogue downloaders/installers target Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. In this case, they ensure that users are forced to visit search.dramofog.com when a browser window or new tab is opened, or a search query is entered into the URL bar. This is achieved by assigning search.dramofog.com as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. Rogue downloaders/installers also install "helper objects" (browser extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins). These apps prevent users from undoing any of the settings (this can only happen if the "helper objects" are uninstalled). Additionally, these apps (and the search.dramofog.com fake search engine) gather browsing-related information such as IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and other data. These apps and search engines can also gather personal/sensitive information. Furthermore, all data is shared with third parties (cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. By having their data misused, people might be put at risk of identity theft or experience problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, and so on. Therefore, we recommend that you uninstall all unwanted apps immediately and avoid using any fake search engines.

People who develop these search engines present them as legitimate and useful, however, they should not be trusted. In most cases, these sites cause various problems. They deliver none of the functionality promised and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers.

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

search.dramofog.com is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. Therefore, potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) are installed and browser settings are changed when developers use "bundling", a deceptive method used to trick people into allowing download and installation of unwanted apps and to modify settings when they install or download chosen software. This is achieved by hiding this information in "Custom", "Advanced" settings. Note, however, that these actions cannot be achieved if users download and install software carefully. Unwanted installations and browser modifications usually occur when people rush software download and installation steps and leave default settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid unwanted downloads/installations, download software using official and trustworthy channels (websites). This does not include various third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrents, eMule, and other similar sources), unofficial websites, and other dubious channels. Additionally, check all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of each download/installation process. Deselect offers to download/install unwanted applications and only then finish the process. Advertisements on the internet can often seem legitimate, however, many redirect to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If you experience these ads and redirects, it is possible that PUAs are installed on your computer or browser. Check the list of installed browser extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins and uninstall unwanted/unknown apps immediately. Apply this to unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting Search.dramofog.com:

Dubious website used to promote Search.dramofog.com

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects to search.dramafog.com using Combo Cleaner:

search.dramofog.com redirect removal:

Remove Search.dramofog.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 searchv.dramofog.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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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.

searchv.dramofog.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove searchv.dramofog.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 searchv.dramofog.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 searchv.dramofog.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.