How to stop redirects to and from search.gravenday.com

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

How to remove the search.gravenday.com browser hijacker from Mac computers

What is search.gravenday.com?

Virtually identical to studentslearnintogether.clubhome.specialtab.comquickgosearch.com, and countless others, search.gravenday.com is a fake search engine. It supposedly improves web searches and optimizes download/installation processes (faster downloads, successful installations, etc.), however, as with many fraudulent web search tools, it does not actually possess such features. This site is primarily promoted by download/install set-ups of browser hijacking applications. Note that search.gravenday.com and most browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities, which they employ to monitor and collect browsing-related information.

search.gravenday.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox are the most common targets of browser hijackers. These applications make unauthorized changes to browsers to promote fake search engines. They reassign the homepage, new tab/window, and default search engine URLs to the addresses of their fake searchers. For example, with an app promoting search.gravenday.com installed, each new tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to this fake search engine. Few fraudulent search tools can provide unique results - they typically redirect to (or cause redirection chain ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing, or other legitimate search engines. This is the case with search.gravenday.com, which redirects to search.yahoo.com. While these changes may seem insignificant and relatively easy to undo, without removing the browser hijacker in question, it is impossible. Access to the browser settings can be limited or denied, and any permitted changes made, automatically reset. Note that browser hijackers download/install additional content: "helper objects", such as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) and/or rogue browser extensions/plug-ins. The helper objects limit/deny and/or reset browser settings. Furthermore, these additions gather data (in the same way as search.gravenday.com). They record users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This private data can then be passed on to third parties (often, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it for financial gain. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking content on devices can lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. If you experience redirects to search.gravenday.com (or other, similar sites), check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and suspicious browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name search.gravenday.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 18.208.105.36
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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Fake search engines often seem legitimate, with the appearance of genuine tools. They offer additional 'features' such as software download/installation, optimization, and so on. In fact, they cannot provide search results and their supplementary functions are nonoperational. The purpose of these fraudulent search engines is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. Rather than operating as advertised, they cause redirects to unwanted/untrustworthy and potentially malicious websites, and track sensitive data.

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

search.gravenday.com is promoted by the download/installation set-ups of browser hijacking apps. PUAs such as browser hijackers often infiltrate devices together normal software. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushing download/install processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled applications onto systems. Intrusive advertisements can also download/install PUAs. When clicked, they execute scripts to download/install unwanted content without users' permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Research all content, before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download channels. Avoid P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources, as they are classed as untrustworthy. When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of additional apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive ads usually seem legitimate and innocuous, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). If you encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, inspect the device and remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. 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.gravenday.com:

Dubious website used to promote search.gravenday.com

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

search.gravenday.com redirect removal:

Remove search.gravenday.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 search.gravenday.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.

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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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.gravenday.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 search.gravenday.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 search.gravenday.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.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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