Stop a browser from opening the searcreetch.com address

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

How to remove searcreetch.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is searcreetch.com?

Searcreetch.com is very similar to searchmine.net, chumsearch.com and weknow.ac. This is an address of a fake search engine. Typically, search engines of this kind supposed to be useful: provide users with accurate results, fast searches and so on. Besides, they often contain links to pages like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. However, it is known that developers promote searcreetch.com through the installer of a fake Flash Player. Besides, they use searcreetch.com to gather various information about people who use it.

searcreetch.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Typically rogue installers (like the installation setup of fake Flash Player) promote fake search engines by changing browser settings. They change default search engine, homepage and new tab URL. In this case these settings get changed to searcreetch.com. These settings cannot be modified/changed because rogue setups usually install "helper" objects too. In other words, they install extensions (plug-ins or add-ons) that are designed to prevent users from undoing or changing the appointed settings unless a particular extension (or other form of "helper object") is uninstalled. In this particular case people who have their browsers hijacked are forced to visit searcreetch.com when they open a browser (new window) or browser tab, or enter search queries into URL bar. At the time of the research searcreetch.com, when visited, was opening another questionable search engine, opti-page.com. Besides, it is known that browser hijackers of this family are known to cause redirects to other pages too, for example: bing.com, search.yahoo.com, find.coinup.org and other sites. Furthermore, people who develop fake search engines like searcreetch.com use them to collect various information about their users. They gather IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. Additionally, they share all recorded details with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is worth mentioning that other parties might include cyber criminals.

Threat Summary:
Name searcreetch.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 104.24.114.11
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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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Most fake search engines supposed to be useful, enhance browsing experience and so on. However, very often they are completely useless - they either provide users with misleading results or display results generated by other search engines such as Yahoo, Google or Bing. Besides, most of these fake search engines are used to obtain details about user's browsing habits. People who use engines of this type put their privacy, browsing safety or even identity at risk.

How did searcreetch.com install on my computer?

As we mentioned above, searcreetch.com is promoted through the installer of fake Flash Player. Installers (or downloaders) of this type are often used to distribute unwanted applications like browser hijackers, adware and so on, or promote fake search engines like searcreetch.com. Simply said, people who use rogue downloaders and installers usually get tricked into installing some unwanted applications or allowing to change browser settings (hijack browsers). This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Typically, information abut unwanted downloads, installations or/and changes in browser settings can be found in setup's settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. Unfortunately, not all people check these settings and that is how rogue downloaders or installers install unwanted apps or modify browser settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

First, we recommend download software from official and trustworthy websites. It is not recommended to download anything using third party downloaders, install programs through third party installers (like fake Flash Player installer) or use unreliable unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and so on. Furthermore, setups that include "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings should be handled properly. If there are any offers to download or install unwanted software, they should be dismissed. Additionally, we do no recommend to click intrusive ads, especially when they are displayed on unofficial pages. If clicked, they redirect users to untrustworthy websites or lead to unwanted downloads, installations. If a default browser displays unwanted ads or opens untrustworthy pages, then uninstall all unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on it. Additionally, remove unwanted software that is installed on the operating system too and see if the problem persists. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Delusive application installer of a fake Flash Player promoting searcreetch.com:

Delusive installer used to promote searcreetch.com

Website promoting this installer:

Dubious website used to promote fake Flash Player

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the searcreetch.com website are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles"

searcreetch.com preferences step 1

2) Select the "AdminPrefs" profile and delete it.

searcreetch.com preferences step 2

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this browser hijacker.

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

Video showing how to stop browser redirects to searcreetch.com using Combo Cleaner:

searcreetch.com redirect removal:

Remove searcreetch.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 searcreetch.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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove searcreetch.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 searcreetch.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 searcreetch.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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