Search.prosearchtip.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: ProSearchTip browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.prosearchtip.com?

Such functionality actually seems appropriate and handy. However, it is worth mentioning that this app often infiltrates computers without asking for a permission. After successful infiltration, search.prosearchtip.com modifies web browsers' settings and continually monitors user's web browsing activity by gathering various data. For this reason, ProSearchTip is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

search.prosearchtip.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

ProSearchTip mainly targets the most popular web browsers (such as Safari and Google Chrome). After successful infiltration, ProSearchTip assigns browsers' new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to its fake web search engine - search.prosearchtip.com. What's more important is that even though these changes aren't significant, users are unable to revert them. Research results show that search.prosearchtip.com continues to reassign web browsers' options every time someone attempts to change. For this reason, returning browsers to their previous state simply becomes impossible. Users have no choice but to visit search.prosearchtip.com every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing experience significantly decreases. It is also worth mentioning that once a search query is entered, search.prosearchtip.com redirects users to google.com. To put it differently, users end up searching the web via Google search engine and, therefore, search.prosearchtip.com gives absolutely no real value. As said before, ProSearchTip (and search.prosearchtip.com) is designed to record information about user's web browsing activity. Collected data is very likely to include personal details. However, what's more important is that developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons aim to generate revenue. For this reason, they often misuse received information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received data. This means that presence of a data-tracking app like ProSearchTip might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We highly recommend to eliminate ProSearchTip browser hijacker and never visit search.prosearchtip.com site again.

Internet is full of browser-hijacking applications that share similarities with search.prosearchtip.com. The list of examples includes Anilopo, PDF Tycoon, and many others. By offering a variety of useful features, developers attempt (and often succeed) to create the impression of legitimacy/usefulness and trick users into installation. Nevertheless, only a small percentage of unwanted applications provide promised functionality. These applications usually have only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Hence, rather than giving any real value, unwanted applications gather information and cause unwanted redirects. Fake web search engines also have the exact same purpose, which is why they are completely useless as well.

How did ProSearchTip install on my computer?

ProSearchTip is free for anyone to download at its official website. However, as mentioned above, this application is likely to infiltrate computers without permission. Such browser-hijacking applications are often distributed using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements usually redirect to unreliable websites, as well as run scripts that stealthily download and install unwanted applications. "Bundling" is basically a stealth installation of third party applications along with the regular software. The problem is that developers aren't honest enough to adequately disclose installation of unwanted apps. For this reason, all of them are hidden under "Advanced/Custom" settings or other sections of download/installation processes. Research results show that users are very likely to click on various advertisements and skip most of download/installation steps. By doing so users merely expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

First of all, users must realize that the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. The key to its safety is caution, meaning that paying close attention when browsing the Internet, as well as downloading/installing software is a must. Always keep in mind that intrusive ads usually look completely appropriate, because developers invest a lot of time and resources into their design. However, such ads usually redirect to various unreliable websites (such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) Intrusive advertisements are usually delivered by adware-type applications. Therefore, in case of suspicious ads/redirects you should eliminate all questionable applications and browser plug-ins. Moreover, be sure to carefully analyze each window of download/installation processes and opt-out all additionally included programs. We recommend to avoid using third party download/installation tools, because developers monetize them by using the "bundling" method (they promote unwanted applications). Instead, software should be downloaded only from official sources, using direct download links. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting ProSearchTip browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.prosearchtip.com

ProSearchTip extension in Safari web browser:

ProSearchTip browser hijacker in Safari

ProSearchTip extension in Google Chrome web browser:

ProSearchTip browser hijacker in Google Chrome

Instant automatic removal of ProSearchTip browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of ProSearchTip browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

search.prosearchtip.com redirect removal:

Remove search.prosearchtip.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 prosearchtip 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.

ProSearchTip browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove prosearchtip 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 prosearchtip 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 prosearchtip 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.