Search.margamish.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: Margamish browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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

What is search.margamish.com?

search.margamish.com is a fake search engine that is promoted as 'useful' and supposedly provides various features (enhanced browsing experience, faster searchers, more accurate search results, and so on). This may seem to be a legitimate search engine, however, it is promoted using a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Margamish. It is distributed using the installer of another program (PDF King app). This method is called "bundling". Do not trust apps promoted using this method. Once installed, Margamish changes browser settings and continuously gathers information relating to users' browsing activity.

search.margamish.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Apps such as Margamish can usually be installed on browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After installation, Margamish assigns search.margamish.com as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. These changes cannot be undone or changed, unless this browser hijacker is uninstalled (it prevents users from changing these settings by reassigning them when attempts are made). Therefore, users are forced to visit search.margamish.com when they open a browser, new browser tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. This happens as long as Margamish is installed. Note that search.margamish.com is presented as a search engine, however, it does not generate any unique search results, and is thus useless. It provides results generated by Yahoo (a legitimate search engine) by redirecting users to search.yahoo.com. As mentioned in our introduction, the Margamish browser hijacker (with its associated search engine) collects various data. This includes IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites, and other information relating to users' browsing habits. Furthermore, many PUAs and fake engines also target personal details. Collected data is continuously shared with other parties, which might include cyber criminals. These people misuse the information to generate revenue. Therefore, having unwanted apps of this type installed and using dubious search engines can lead to various privacy issues, browsing safety problems, or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
NameMargamish 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 Margamish browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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search.convertallfiles.com, cultsearch.pw, search.cogs.digital, and search.pdftycoon.com are just some examples of other dubious search engines similar to search.margamish.com. Developers promote them as useful and legitimate, however, they are generally useless and deliver none of the functionality promised. They are designed only to generate revenue for their developers.

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

Margamish is promoted through its website and PDF King application's installer (using the "bundling" method). Generally, people download and install apps such as Margamish inadvertently. They cause these installations by clicking intrusive advertisements or when software developers bundle them into download/installation set-ups of other software. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into installing unwanted apps with other programs. Developers hide these apps in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", and so on. Information about the inclusion of PUAs in software installation (or download) set-ups is not properly disclosed, however, unintentional downloads and installations usually happen only when people allow them to. I.e., when they leave settings unchecked and unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Unwanted installations and downloads can be avoided. Download software from official websites and using direct links. Do not use download channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and so on), unofficial websites, third party downloaders, and other dubious sources. These tools are usually monetized by promoting unwanted applications. Furthermore, software should be installed correctly. Check all available settings ("Advanced", Custom", and so on), deselect suggestions to install/download additional (unwanted) software and only then finish downloading or installing software. Intrusive ads displayed on dubious, unofficial websites cannot be trusted. When clicked they often cause redirects to potentially malicious websites such as pornography, adult dating, gambling, and others. If ads of this type appear or redirects to dubious websites occur regularly, this could be happening due to installed PUAs. Check installed browser apps (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) and remove all suspicious, unwanted entries immediately. Additionally, check installed programs on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of PDF King installer promoting search.margamish.com:

Delusive installer used to promote search.margamish.com

Website promoting search.margamish.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.margamish.com

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

search.margamish.com redirect removal:

Remove search.margamish.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 margamish 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove margamish 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 margamish 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 margamish 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.