Stop redirects to searchmarquis.com on Mac computers

Also Known As: searchmarquis.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
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 designed to generate unique results and enhance the overall browsing experience. This may seem to be a regular search engine (such as Yahoo, Google, etc.), however, it is advertised through rogue download/installation set-ups. Typically, these set-ups change browser settings. Furthermore, most fake search engines collect various details relating to browsing activities. Note that searchmarquis.com is identical to searchitnow.info.

searchmarquis.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Rogue download and installation set-ups usually target browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Set-ups that promote searchmarquis.com assign it as the default search engine, homepage, and URL address of a new browser tab. Typically, set-ups of this type also install "helper objects" (third party browser applications). These apps prevent users from undoing changes to the settings, and users are then forced to visit searchmarquis.com when they open the infiltrated browser, new tab, or enter a search query into the URL bar. Unfortunately, this is not the only problem. Fake search engines such as searchmarquis.com and "helper" objects collect IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and other data. Developers share all gathered details with other parties (often cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Research shows that searchmarquis.com generates no unique search results and provides those issued by Bing - it simply redirects users to bing.com. Note that, before opening bing.com, searchmarquis.com leads users through dubious websites such as searchbaron.com, searchnewworld.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 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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There are many fake search engines on the web. Some examples are smartsearch.pw, search.opengross.com, and search-mate.com. They are advertised as providing an enhanced browsing experience (faster, more accurate results, and so on). In fact, these search engines are useless and provide no unique results. They gather data and are promoted through rogue download/installation set-ups. For these reasons, we recommend that you 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 rogue download or installation set-ups, a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" is being employed. This is used by developers who attempt to trick people into allowing changes to be made to browser settings and download/install unwanted apps. Typically, information about modification of browser settings and additional downloads/installations is hidden in rogue setup options such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Many people leave them unchecked and unchanged, often leading to redirection to fake search engines, unwanted app installations, and other problems.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs and files should be downloaded from official websites and direct download links. No other methods are safe. Third party installers should not be trusted. If a download or installation setup contains options (such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc.), check them and decline offers to change browser settings or download/install unwanted apps. It is not safe to click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages associated with gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. Ads of this type open dubious, potentially malicious websites or even lead to unwanted downloads and installations. If the browser opens dubious sites or shows ads, remove all suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons) installed. The same applies to unknown programs 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

Screenshot of installer promoting searchmarquis.com fake web search engine (although the window states that the installer includes SearchItNow, it actually promotes searchmarquis.com instead):

searchmarquis.com installer 1 searchmarquis.com installer 2

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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Quick menu:

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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