Get rid of redirects to and from search.newsflashapp.com

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

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

What is search.newsflashapp.com?

Search.newsflashapp.com is a fake search engine, allegedly capable of providing enhanced search results and quick access to latest news sources. By appearances alone, it barely differs from such legitimate search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. Therefore, users frequently believe it to be a genuine and useful tool. However, developers promote search.newsflashapp.com through the News Flash browser hijacker, and possibly via other download/installation setups of similar rogue applications. These apps operate by modifying browsers without user consent. Additionally, both search.newsflashapp.com and said browser hijackers gather information, relating to browsing activity.

search.newsflashapp.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are common targets of rogue setups. Once successfully infiltrated, they change browser's homepages, default search engines and new tab/window URLs, in order to promote their fraudulent web searching tools. To elaborate, every new tab/window opened and every web search via the URL bar - all redirect to search.newsflashapp.com. Most fake search engines are unable to generate search results, therefore they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) a legitimate search engine. This is the case with search.newsflashapp.com, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. Furthermore, News Flash (and other browser hijackers used to promote search.newsflashapp.com) limit/deny access to browser settings and/or simply reset any changes made. Consequently, making recovery of affected browsers impossible, unless the rogue app is removed. As mentioned previously, browser hijackers and search.newsflashapp.com posses data tracking abilities. They spy on users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed and etc.), which contain personal information (IP address, geolocation and real-life personal details). What is important to understand, is that this private data is then passed onto third parties (not unlikely, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it to generate profit. Therefore, presence of data tracking content on systems can lead to severe privacy issues, even culminate in identity theft. Should users experience redirects to search.newsflashapp.com and similar websites, they are strongly advised to immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name News Flash browser hijacker
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 18.211.175.241
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 are thousands of fake search engines out there; most are quite similar. For example, search.newsflashapp.com is very similar to search.pardessov.com, genieonews.com, search.mapsglobalsearch.com and many others. These fraudulent web searching tools usually offer improved search results and an enhanced browsing experience. Often they advertise additional features, e.g. quick access to news, TV-content, weather forecasts and so on. Despite how handy and beneficial these features sound, in most cases they are nonfunctional. The only purpose of these fraudulent web searchers is to generate revenue for their developers, to users they have no real value. Fake search engines cause redirects to sale-oriented, untrustworthy, malicious websites and gather sensitive data.

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

Search.newsflashapp.com is promoted by rogue download/installation setups. This marketing technique is called "bundling". Developers of fraudulent and unwanted content are well aware of user tendency to rush through these setups and they free abuse this information. Details on how a certain application or browser extension/plug-in operates (e.g. changes browser settings, tracks data and etc.) are frequently hidden within download/installation terms and other similar sections. All opt-out/decline options are often located within the "Custom/Advanced" settings or other download/installation windows. By ignoring terms, skipping steps and using pre-set options - users endanger their systems with potential invasions and infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always use official and verified download channels. Peer-to-peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), free file hosting and unofficial websites, as well as third party downloaders - are considered to be untrustworthy. Users should be very cautious when downloading/installing desired content. It is advised to read download/installation terms to avoid installing unwanted or malicious software. Additionally, "Custom/Advanced" settings should be used to opt-out/decline supplementary offers (e.g. applications, tools, features and other). When browsing, users should refrain from clicking on various ads. Since intrusive advertisements usually look utterly ordinary and harmless, it is easy to get tricked into clicking them. However, they redirect to various untrustworthy websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.) and these ads can execute scripts to download/install undesirable apps. If users were to encounter suspicious redirects and/or questionable advertisements, they should inspect their system and remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting search.newsflashapp.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.newsflashapp.com

News Flash extension on Google Chrome:

News Flash extension on Chrome

Instant automatic removal of News Flash 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 News Flash browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove unwanted applications that promote search.newsflashapp.com website using Combo Cleaner:

search.newsflashapp.com redirect removal:

Remove search.newsflashapp.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 news flash 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove news flash 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 news flash 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 news flash 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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