Cultsearch.pw Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: cultsearch.pw browser hijacker
Type: Other
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove cultsearch.pw browser hijacker from Mac?

What is cultsearch.pw?

cultsearch.pw is a fake web search engine that is virtually identical to weknow.ac and smartsearch.pw. This site supposedly enhances web browsing experience by generating the most accurate serach results. On initial inspection, cultsearch.pw actually seems appropriate and handy. However, it is worth mentioning that developers promote this website by using browser-hijacking download/installation setups designed to modify various options without a permission. In addition, cultsearch.pw continually records various information relating to user's web browsing activity.

cultsearch.pw browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue setups target the most popular web browsers (Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Following successful infiltration, rogue setups assign new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine options as cultsearch.pw. These changes aren't significant. What's more important is that setups stealthily install a number of "helper objects" - third party applications and/or browser plug-ins. "Helper objects" are designed to reassign web browsers' options every time attempts to change them are made. For this reason, users are unable to return browsers to their previous state. Users have no choice but to visit cultsearch.pw every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. Another important downside is information tracking. cultsearch.pw and "helper objects" continually record information like IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar information relating to user's web browsing activity. The problem is that collected information might contain personal details as well. On top of that, developers share this data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) in exchange for money. These persons generate revenue by misusing received information, which means that information tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We highly recommend to eliminate all potentially unwanted applications as soon as possible. cultsearch.pw website should not be visited.

Internet is full of fake web search engines, all of which are virtually identical. Almost every single one claims to enhance web browsing experience by providing some sort of "useful features" (e.g., improved search results, quick access to popular websites, weather forecast, currency exchange rates, etc.) The problem is that fake web search engines have only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, rather than giving any real value for the user, these sites cause unwanted redirects and gather various information, thereby posing direct threat to user's privacy and web browsing safety. Some even feed users with misleading search results and/or intrusive advertisements, both of which usually redirect to unreliable (potentially, malicious) websites. Therefore, usage of fake web search engines might eventually lead to various system infections.

How did cultsearch.pw install on my computer?

As mentioned above, cultsearch.pw is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that users are likely to rush download/installation procedures and skip most of the steps. For this reason, all information regarding modification of browsers' settings is hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of download/installation processes. What's more important is that users often carelessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps. By doing so users not only inadvertently grant setups a permission to modify various settings, but also expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Unwanted applications are also promoted using the "bundling" method, as well as intrusive advertisements. Therefore, in order to prevent such apps from infiltrating computers users must be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Always be sure to carefully analyze every single step of download/installation processes using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. While doing so, opt-out additionally included programs and decline all offers to download/install such. We recommend to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, because developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") unwanted apps. Intrusive advertisements usually redirect to unreliable websites and/or execute scripts designed to download/install rogue applications. Most of these apps usually look completely appropriate. Once clicked, however, ads expose themselves by redirecting to unreliable websites (pornography, gambling, adult dating, etc.) Most of them are delivered by adware-type applications, which means that users who encounter suspicious redirects should immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the cultsearch.pw 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"

cultsearch.pw preferences step 1

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

cultsearch.pw 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 cultsearch.pw using Combo Cleaner:

cultsearch.pw redirect removal:

Remove cultsearch.pw 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 cultsearch.pw 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

cultsearch.pw browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove cultsearch.pw 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 cultsearch.pw 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 cultsearch.pw 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.