Remove Landslide Search from your browser

Also Known As: Landslide Search browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove search.landslidesearch.com from settings of browsers on Mac computers

What is search.landslidesearch.com?

search.landslidesearch.com is the address of a fake search engine, which is promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker called Landslide Search. Generally, apps of this type promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings. Additionally, most gather browsing data. People do not generally download or install browser hijackers (or other PUAs) intentionally - in most cases, they are tricked into it.

search.landslidesearch.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Landslide Search promotes search.landslidesearch.com by assigning it as the address of the browser homepage, default search engine and new tab. In summary, Landslide Search ensures that users must visit search.landslidesearch.com when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar. It also prevents users from removing this address from any of the settings - it reassigns settings after each attempt to change them. Avoid having to visit search.landslidesearch.com by uninstalling Landslide Search. Note that search.landslidesearch.com is a fake search engine, since it generates no unique results and simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com. Users are thus provided with results generated by a legitimate Yahoo search engine. Furthermore, Landslide Search and other browser hijackers gather browsing data. Typically, they target search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened sites, and so on, however, they might record personal, confidential details as well. Developers sell the information to other parties, potentially cyber criminals who misuse it to generate revenue.

Threat Summary:
Name Landslide Search browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Serving IP Address 104.124.58.145 
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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Some examples of other fake search engines distributed through browser hijackers are search.pizgetz.com, search.gravenday.com and studentslearnintogether.club. Typically, these apps are advertised as legitimate and useful. In fact, they are designed to promote fake search engines and gather data. They simply perform tasks to help developers to generate revenue. Having a browser hijacked by a PUA of this type can lead to problems relating to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall Landslide Search and other installed PUAs immediately.

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

In some cases, PUAs can be downloaded from their websites, however, they are generally downloaded or installed through certain deceptive advertisements or the set-ups of other software. PUAs are commonly distributed by including them into various download and installation set-ups, usually of free software. This distribution method is known as "bundling" and is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with other programs. Developers seek to achieve this by hiding related information of PUAs in settings of set-ups such as "Advanced", "Custom" and so on. They succeed when people download or install software without checking and changing the settings. PUAs can be downloaded and installed through ads, but only when people click them (they then execute certain scripts).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not download or install software using torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks0, third party downloaders, installers, dubious/unofficial pages, and so on). The only safe way to download is using official websites and direct download links. Set-ups that contain settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" and so on should be studies - decline offers to download or install unwanted apps. It is not safe to click ads that are displayed on dubious websites. These often redirect people who click them to potentially malicious web pages or cause unwanted downloads/installations. If the browser causes unwanted redirects and/or displays ads, this likely to be due to an unwanted application installed on it. In these cases, check the list of installed add-ons, extensions and plug-ins and remove all unwanted, unknown, suspicious entries. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating 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.

search.landslidesearch.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com (GIF):

search.landslidesearch.com redirect appearance

Download website of Search Landslide Search browser hijacker:

website promoting Landslide Search unwanted app

Landslide Search asks permission to read and change various data:

Landslide Search wants to access data

Landslide Search installed on Chrome:

Landslide Search Chrome extension

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove Landslide Search browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:

search.landslidesearch.com redirect removal:

Remove search.landslidesearch.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 landslide search 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.

Landslide Search browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove landslide search 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 landslide search 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 landslide search 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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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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