Searchnewworld.com Redirect (Mac)

Also Known As: searchnewworld.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove searchnewworld.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is searchnewworld.com?

searchnewworld.com is a dubious website, a fake search engine that opens bing.com. Note that searchnewworld.com is opened by goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net, which in turn, is opened by a number of unwanted applications/malware, such as Fake Calculator. Unlike browser hijackers, Fake Calculator does not change browser settings, however, people who have this app installed on their systems are forced to visit searchnewworld.com (by opening goto-searchitnow.global.ssl.fastly.net) each time they attempt to search the web. This app is related to another unwanted app called MacSecurityPlus.

searchnewworld.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

There are many potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) that promote fake search engines. When used (voluntarily or involuntarily), they gather various information such as URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and other details relating to users' browsing habits. Fake search engines also gather similar information. Furthermore, searchnewworld.com is a useless search engine. As mentioned above, it redirects users to bing.com. Therefore, users enter a search query and end up searching the web via Bing, a legitimate search engine owned by Microsoft. This renders searchnewworld.com pointless and redundant, since it does not generate any unique results. In summary, unwanted redirects to searchnewworld.com significantly diminish the browsing experience. Furthermore, visiting this site can lead to various privacy issues due to stolen personal data.

Threat Summary:
Name searchnewworld.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Serving IP Address 192.64.119.60
Observed Subdomains search.searchnewworld.com, search2.searchnewworld.com
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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The number of fake search engines online is countless. Some examples of other similar engines are search.wizconvert.com, search.margamish.com, and search.prosearchtip.com. They supposedly generate unique and accurate results, deliver fast searches, and are legitimate, however, most are designed by developers who use them to generate revenue. In summary, fake search engines are useless and cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, and so on.

How did searchnewworld.com install on my computer?

Unwanted apps are commonly downloaded/installed together with regular software ('bundling') or by clicking intrusive/deceptive advertisements. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method that developers use to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps by hiding them into set-ups of regular software. They hide information regarding the inclusion of these rogue apps in "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar sections. PUAs apps are thus installed when people leave settings unchanged or even unchecked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official websites and avoid using Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients, and so on), third party downloaders, dubious/unofficial websites and other similar sources. Study each download and installation step by checking all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the setup. Reject any offers to install/download unwanted apps before finishing the download or installation process. Intrusive ads (especially if displayed on dubious websites) should not be clicked, since they can open various gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other untrustworthy web pages (or cause unwanted downloads/installations). If intrusive ads or redirects to dubious pages occur regularly, check for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser and remove/uninstall them. The same applies to programs of this kind installed 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.

To remove the fake Calculator app, go to "~/Library/Application Support/", open the ".dir" folder, and remove these files:

  • MacSecurityPlus.app
  • Finder
  • Finder.app
  • CompanyUpdater.app
  • update.zip
  • params.json

Go to "~/Applications/" and remove the "Calculator.app" file. Finally, go to "~/Library/LaunchAgents/" and remove the following files:

  • com.company.InstallerAgent.plist
  • com.engineering.calulator.plist
  • com.xyz.abc.MacSecurityPlus.plis

Screenshot of searchitnow.info set as the homepage:

searchitnow.info set as a homepage

Screenshot of the fake Calculator application:

fake calculator app

MacSecurityPlus process running in Activity Monitor:

macsecurytiplus process in activity monitor

Appearance of redirect from a new tab to searchnewworld.com (GIF):

searchnewworld redirect appearance in gif

Instant automatic removal of searchnewworld.com 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 searchnewworld.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

searchnewworld.com redirect removal:

Remove searchnewworld.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 searchnewworld.com 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.

searchnewworld.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove searchnewworld.com 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 searchnewworld.com 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 searchnewworld.com 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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