How to get rid of TechSignalSearch?

Also Known As: TechSignalSearch virus
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove TechSignalSearch from Mac?

What is TechSignalSearch?

TechSignalSearch is the name of a malicious software that causes a variety of problems. Research shows that most of the people who have their systems and/or browsers infected with TechSignalSearch do not know how exactly this malicious software got downloaded and installed. It is known that this software stops apps from functioning, forces browsers to open various websites, causes problems with Internet connection, and so on. It is very likely that it might be designed to monitor web browsing activity as well. If there is a reason to think that TechSignalSearch is installed on the operating system and/or browser, then it should be removed as soon as possible.

TechSignalSearch scam

It is known that people who have TechSignalSearch installed experience problems with connection to the Internet and cannot properly use some applications. For instance, this malicious software stops Safari and Mail apps from responding, does not allow email and other clients, and/or browsers to establish a connection to the server, slows down Internet speed, and so on. Also, it is known that some users are forced to search the web using the Yahoo search engine even though their default search engine is set to Google. It is very likely that TechSignalSearch is designed to gather various browsing data as well. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, and so on. It might be recording sensitive information too. If that is the case, then its developers might misuse gathered information to generate revenue and/or sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). To avoid any of the problems that could be caused by TechSignalSearch it is required to remove it and do that as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name TechSignalSearch virus
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you are redirected to dubious websites, you cannot use certain apps and connect to the Internet.
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, slow or no Internet connection, no response from opened apps.
Removal

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People download and install software like TechSignalSearch intentionally only when they think that it is legitimate, useful (when its developers advertise it as such). However, more often than not they get tricked into it. Once installed, apps of this type do not deliver any value and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. What is worse, they often cause problems related to browsing safety, privacy, sometimes users experience even more serious problems like identity theft, monetary loss, etc.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases malware and other unwanted software is distributed through Trojans, spam campaigns, fake software updaters, software 'cracking' tools and questionable software download sources. Trojans are malicious programs that often are designed to cause chain infections. Simply said, when a Trojan is installed, then it starts spreading other malicious programs. To distribute unwanted software through spam campaigns, cyber criminals send emails with malicious files attached (or web links that are designed to download malicious files) to them. Operating systems get infected when people open those files. Typically, attached files are Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archive files (like ZIP, RAR), executable files (.exe and other files), JavaScript files, so on. Fake software updating tools install malicious software by exploiting bugs, flaws of outdated software that is installed on a computer or by installing unwanted software instead of updates, fixes, etc. Software 'cracking' tools infect systems quite similarly. People who use such tools expect them to bypass activation of some licensed, paid software. However, they often install malware or other unwanted programs instead. Untrustworthy, unofficial websites, free file hosting, freeware download websites, third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks and other similar software download channels are being used to proliferate malicious programs too. Cyber criminals upload malicious files that they disguise as legitimate, harmless and hope that someone will download and open them. When executes, those files unwanted software, including malware.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We strongly recommend not to open attachments (or web links) that are included in irrelevant emails, especially if they are received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Installed software should be updated through implemented tools and/or functions that are designed by official developers. Files and software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites. None of the tools that we mentioned above should be trusted. If installed software is not free, it should not be activated using unofficial, third party activation ('cracking') tools. It is not legal to activate licensed programs this way, besides, tools of this kind often infect systems with malicious programs. One more important thing is to scan the operating system with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software regularly and keep it up to date. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

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Quick menu:

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

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove 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 techsignalsearch virus 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.

TechSignalSearch virus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove techsignalsearch virus 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.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove techsignalsearch virus 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.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove techsignalsearch virus 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.

  • 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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