Search.bunnybarny.com Redirect (Mac)

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

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

What is search.bunnybarny.com?

search.bunnybarny.com is one of many fake search engines that is promoted through a variety of browser hijacking applications/installers. For example, the File Compressor Pro unwanted app. Note that search.bunnybarny.com is very similar to many other search engines of this type such as search.pogypog.com, search.yadbazelet.com, and searchv.dooryov.com. Browser hijackers that promote these sites change browser settings and collect various information relating to users' browsing activities.

search.bunnybarny.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Browser hijacker apps usually target browsers such as Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. After installation, they change browser settings. In this case, the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL are assigned to search.bunnybarny.com. People who have browsers hijacked by Bunnybarny are forced to visit search.bunnybarny.com when they open the browser, new tab, or enter a search query into the URL bar. Typically, the only way to undo changes made by these apps is to uninstall them. Furthermore, search.bunnybarny.com deliver no unique search results, but redirects users to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, it provides people with results generated by the Yahoo search engine. Information tracking is another reason to avoid browser hijackers and fake search engines. They collect IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and other information relating to users' browsing habits. They might also gather personal details. Developers send all recorded information to other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note, some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. In summary, people who use these apps and search engines risk issues with browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Bunnybarny browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus, Fake web search engine
Serving IP Address 18.208.105.36
Detection Names (filecompressor_b.dmg - installer promoting search.bunnybarny.com) Avast (MacOS:Genieo-ED [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Genieo.1), Emsisoft (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Genieo.1 (B)), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Geonei.y), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac becomes 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), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Fake search engines may seem to be useful tools to browse the Internet, however, they provide no unique results and are useless. Furthermore, most collect information for their developers, which could be misused to generate revenue.

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

In most cases, people download/install unwanted apps inadvertently. This is since they are promoted using the "bundling" method. Developers bundle PUAs with other software download/installation set-ups and do not disclose this information properly. They hide bundled apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the set-ups and hope that people will not check them, and thus give permission for PUAs to be downloaded/installed by default. In other cases, people cause unwanted downloads/installations by clicking deceptive (intrusive) advertisements. If clicked, some ads run scripts designed to download and install unwanted apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third party software downloaders, eMule, torrent clients (or other Peer-to-peer networks), unofficial websites and other similar, untrustworthy channels. The only safe way to download software is using official websites and direct download links. Do not download or install programs without checking options included in the set-ups - check all "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" settings and opt-out of offers to install PUAs. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially on untrustworthy, dubious websites. These might cause unwanted downloads/installations or redirects to malicious pages. If you encounter intrusive ads or unwanted redirects, check the list of installed browser applications and remove any unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons. This also applies to unwanted programs 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.

Deceptive application installer promoting search.bunnybarny.com:

Delusive installer used to promote search.bunnybarny.com

Website promoting search.bunnybarny.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.bunnybarny.com

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

search.bunnybarny.com redirect removal:

Remove search.bunnybarny.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 bunnybarny 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove bunnybarny 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 bunnybarny 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 bunnybarny 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.

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Tomas Meskauskas

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