Search.cogs.digital Redirect (Mac)

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

How to remove search.cogs.digital browser hijacker from Mac?

What is search.cogs.digital?

search.cogs.digital is very similar to search.byoml.com, search.pdftycoon.com, search.dramofog.com and many other fake search engines. This is supposedly a search engine that enhances the browsing experience by delivering faster searches, improved results, and so on. This may seem to be a legitimate tool similar to popular search engines such as Google and  Yahoo, however, developers promote it using rogue download/installation set-ups. Additionally, search.cogs.digital records information relating users' browsing activity.

search.cogs.digital browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue set-ups usually target (hijack) browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox by assigning settings such as default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL to search.cogs.digital. Furthermore, set-ups usually install "helper objects" (browser extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins) that ensure that any of these settings cannot be changed/reverted. Therefore, people with hijacked browsers are forced to visit search.cogs.digital when they open browsers, new tabs, or search using the URL bar (enter search queries). The search.cogs.digital site allows users to search, however, it does not generate any unique results. It simply redirects users to the Yahoo search engine (search.yahoo.com) and displays associated results. Therefore, search.cogs.digital is simply an unnecessary intermediary. Furthermore, most "helper objects" and the search.cogs.digital fake search engine collect information relating to users' browsing habits, including IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites and other data of this kind. Developers share the information with third parties (possibly cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions can lead to privacy, browsing safety issues, and identity theft. Therefore, do not use fake search engines and uninstall all potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameSearch.cogs.digital 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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Most fake search engines are very similar. Developers offer features, tools, and other supposedly useful functions, however, these promotions are just attempts to trick people into using them. Most of these fake search engines are useless and provide none of the functionality promised. Additionally, they often cause various problems.

How did search.cogs.digital install on my computer?

Developers promote fake search engines through various downloaders/installers and using a marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is a popular way to trick people into downloading and installing potentially unwanted apps. Typically, developers achieve this by hiding information regarding possible changes to browser settings in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the software download/installation set-ups. Apps are bundled into set-ups and many users leave settings unchanged, thus allowing unwanted apps to be installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official and trustworthy websites. Do not use third party downloaders, installers, or other dubious sources (unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks, and so on). Furthermore, analyze each installation/download setup, check "Advanced"/"Custom" and other similar settings. Deselect unwanted apps and only then finish downloading or installing software. Remember, many intrusive advertisements may seem legitimate, however, developers invest time and money into their design. If clicked, they usually redirect to untrustworthy websites such as adult dating, pornography, gambling, and so on. If you experience unwanted redirects, check for suspicious apps installed on your web browser. Also check the list of installed extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons. Uninstall all suspicious, unwanted or unknown apps. Apply this to programs installed on your computer. 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.cogs.digital:

Dubious website used to promote search.cogs.digital

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

search.cogs.digital redirect removal:

Remove search.cogs.digital-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.cogs.digital 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.cogs.digital browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.cogs.digital 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.cogs.digital 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.cogs.digital 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.