Search.wizconvert.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.wizconvert.com?

search.wizconvert.com is a fake web search engine that supposedly enhances web browsing experience by generating improved search results and allowing users to convert the format of various documents. Judging on the appearance alone, search.wizconvert.com actually seems appropriate and handy. However, it is worth mentioning that developers promote this site by using a browser-hijacking application called Wiz Convert, which also offers the exact same functionality - file conversion. Moreover, both search.wizconvert.com and Wiz Convert are designed to record information about user's web browsing activity.

search.wizconvert.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Wiz Convert stealthily infiltrates web browsers (Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome) and assigns new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.wizconvert.com. Changes like this aren't significant. What's more important, however, is that users are unable to revert them. Browser-hijacking apps like Wiz Convert are designed to reassign settings every time someone attempts to change. For this reason, returning browsers to their previous states simply becomes impossible. Users are forced to visit search.wizconvert.com site every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. It is also worth mentioning that search.wizconvert.com, as a web search engine, is completely useless. That's because this website redirects users to search.yahoo.com every time a search query is entered. In other words, users simply end up searching the web via Yahoo search engine. Another significant downside is information tracking. Research results show that search.wizconvert.com, as well as Wiz Convert continually record various information relating to user's web browsing activity. The list of data types collected by fake search engines and browser hijackers usually includes IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar information about user's web browsing activity. However, personal information might be collected as well. For this reason, users should know that developers share collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Hence, information tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We highly recommend to uninstall Wiz Convert browser hijacker and never visit search.wizconvert.com site again.

Internet is full of fake web search engines that share similarities with search.wizconvert.com. search.margamish.comsearch.prosearchtip.com, and cultsearch.pw are only few examples from a long list. By offering a variety of "useful features" (more accurate search results, quick access to popular websites, local weather forecast, and so forth) fake search engines create the impression of legitimacy and usefulness. Yet the true and only purpose of websites like search.wizconvert.com is to help developers generate revenue. For this reason, most of these sites do not give any real value for the user. Instead, websites like search.wizconvert.com cause unwanted redirects and gather various data. Some even feed users with misleading search results and/or intrusive advertisements. Therefore, usage of fake web search engines might eventually lead to various system infections.

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

Wiz Convert is free for anyone to download at it's official website. However, browser-hijacking applications are also distributed using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive advertisements are designed to redirect users to malicious websites, as well as execute scripts designed to unwanted applications. "Bundling" is basically an undercover installation of third party applications alongside with the regular software. Developers know that users often carelessly rush download/installation processes and skip most of the steps. For this reason, "bundled" apps are hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. by recklessly clicking on various advertisements, as well as skipping download/installation steps users simply expose the system to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Firstly, users must realize that the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. The key to it's safety is caution, meaning that paying close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software is a must. Always be sure to carefully analyze each window of download/installation dialogs and opt-out all additionally included programs. It is advised to download apps only from official sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, which is why such tools should never be used. Moreover, keep in mind that intrusive advertisements usually look completely appropriate. Once clicked, however, ads expose themselves by redirecting to unreliable websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.) Intrusive advertisements are usually displayed by adware-type applications, which means that users who encounter them frequently should immediately uninstall 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.

Website promoting Wiz Convert browser hijacker:

Dubious website used to promote search.wizconvert.com

Wiz Converter extension in Google Chrome:

Wiz Convert browser hijacker in Google Chrome

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

search.wizconvert.com redirect removal:

Remove search.wizconvert.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 wiz convert 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove wiz convert 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 wiz convert 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 wiz convert 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.