Stop redirects to searchmarquis.com on Mac

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

How to remove searchmarquis.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is searchmarquis.com?

Searchmarquis.com is the address of a fake search engine which supposed to generate unique search results and enhance the overall browsing experience. It may look like a regular search engine (such as Yahoo, Google and so on), however, it is advertised through rogue download and/or installation setups. Typically, these setups change browser settings. Besides, most fake search engines are designed to collect various details about user's web browsing activities. Searchmarquis.com is identical to searchitnow.info.

searchmarquis.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue download or installation setups usually target browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. Setups that are designed to promote searchmarquis.com make it as a default search engine, homepage and URL address of a new browser tab. Typically, setups of this type install "helper objects" (third party browser applications) too. These apps prevent users from undoing the aforementioned settings. In this cases users are forced to visit the searchmarquis.com address when they open the infiltrated browser, new tab or enter a search query into URL bar. Unfortunately, that is not the only problem. Fake search engines like searchmarquis.com and "helper" objects collect IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries and other data. Their developers share all gathered details with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. There is always a possibility that some of these parties could be cyber criminals. Research shows that searchmarquis.com does not generate unique search results and provides results gathered by Bing. In other words, it redirects its users to bing.com. However, before opening bing.com, searchmarquis.com leads users through questionable websites such as searchbaron.com and searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com.

Threat Summary:
Name searchmarquis.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (searchmarquis.com) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 54.230.89.106
Related Domains searchbaron.com and searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com.
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There is a great number of fake search engines on the web, some examples are smartsearch.pw, search.opengross.com and search-mate.com. Typically, they are advertised as engines that supposed to provide users with enhanced browsing experience (faster, more accurate results and so on). In reality, these search engines are useless (do not generate any unique results), gather various data and are promoted through rogue download and/or installation setups. For these reasons we recommend to use only official search engines designed by companies such as Google, Yahoo, Bing and so on.

How did searchmarquis.com install on my computer?

When fake search engines are promoted through various rogue download or installation setups, it means that they are promotes using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This method is used by developers why attempt trick people into allowing to change browser settings and/or download, install unwanted apps. Typically, information about modifications of browser settings (or additional downloads, installations) is hidden in rogue setup's options such as "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. Unfortunately, quite often people leave them unchecked and unchanged. Leaving default options often leads to being forced to use fake search engines, having unwanted apps installed and other problems.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs and files should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. None of the other ways are safe. Third party installers should not be trusted too. If a download or installation setup contains some options (like "Custom", "Advanced", etc.), they should be checked and offers to change browser settings or to install (or download) unwanted apps dismissed. Furthermore, it is not safe to click ads that are displayed on shady pages that are associated with gambling, pornography, adult dating and so forth. Ads of this type open shady, potentially malicious websites or even lead to undesired downloads, installations. If a browser opens questionable pages or shows ads, then remove all suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that are installed on it. The same should be applied to unknown programs that are installed on the MacOS 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.

Searchmarquis.com redirects to searchbaron.com, searchroute-1560352588.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com and then to bing.com (GIF):

searchmarquis.com redirects to searchbaron.com

Instant automatic removal of searchmarquis.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 searchmarquis.com browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to stop browser redirects to searchmarquis.com website using Combo Cleaner:

searchmarquis.com redirect removal:

Remove searchmarquis.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 searchmarquis.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.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove searchmarquis.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 searchmarquis.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 searchmarquis.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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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