How to remove redirects to search.adjustablesample.com?

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

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

What is search.adjustablesample.com?

Search.adjustablesample.com is the address of a fake search engine. These illegitimate web searching tools are typically promoted by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), specifically - by software classified as browser hijackers. Search.adjustablesample.com is promoted by SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker. It operates by modifying browser settings and restricting/denying access to them - in order to promote search.adjustablesample.com. Furthermore, most browser hijackers have data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing activity. These apps usually have dubious proliferation methods, hence they are deemed to be PUAs. One of the questionable methods is called "bundling", which is pre-packing products with unwanted (possibly, malicious) additions. The rogue software installer promoting search.adjustablesample.com, also promotes akamaihd.net, search.anysearchmanager.com and "Managed by your organization".

search.adjustablesample.com browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers are common targets of browser hijackers. They assign the addresses of their fake web searches as browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs. SearchEngineLibrary promotes search.adjustablesample.com in this manner. Therefore, with this browser hijacker installed: every single search query typed into the URL bar and every new browser tab/window opened - redirect to search.adjustablesample.com. Few illegitimate search engines can actually provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) genuine ones. This is the case with search.adjustablesample.com, it redirects to Safe Finder, which redirects to search.yahoo.com - the latter being a legitimate search engine. What is more, these modifications cannot be undone without removal of the browser hijacker. Since any changes users attempt to make can be automatically reset, if access to the browsers' settings is not restricted or denied outright. As mentioned in the introduction, it is highly likely that SearchEngineLibrary can track data. Browser hijackers usually monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data can be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, presence of data tracking software on systems can result in financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, it is strongly advised to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-in immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (rogue installer)
Avast (MacOS:Agent-JI [Trj]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Generic.15787), Emsisoft (Adware.MAC.Generic.15787 (B)), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Bnodler), Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.124.58.146
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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Search.gratziany.comsearch.doc2pdfsearch.com and search.pricklybears.com are a few examples of other fake search engines. At first glance, they may appear legitimate - with little to no difference from genuine web searching tools. However, they are rarely able to generate search results. Typically, they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other legitimate search engines. In seldom cases when illegitimate web searchers provide search results, they tend to be inaccurate and/or promote untrustworthy and malicious websites.

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

PUAs like SearchEngineLibrary commonly proliferate via download/installation setups of other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious content - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. skimmed or ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - endanger systems with potential infiltrations and infections, originating from bundled applications. Some PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive advertisements can also infiltrate these apps into devices. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation. Only official and trustworthy download sources should be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - are considered to be untrustworthy and can offer likewise suspect content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive adverts often appear ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with such ads/redirects, users should inspect the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. 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 promoting search.adjustablesample.com, first installation step:

Delusive installer used to promote search.adjustablesample.com browser hijacker (first step)

Second installation step of the rogue installer:

Delusive installer used to promote search.adjustablesample.com browser hijacker (second step)

SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker (promoting search.adjustablesample.com) installed on Google Chrome:

SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker (search.adjustablesample.com) installed on Chrome

Default search engine setting controlled by SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker (search.adjustablesample.com):

Default search engine controlled by SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker (search.adjustablesample.com)

Details of SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker:

SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker (search.adjustablesample.com) details

New browser tab/window URL modified by the rogue installer:

SearchEngineLibrary browser hijacker (search.adjustablesample.com) modified new tab URL

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the search.adjustablesample.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"

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote search.adjustablesample.com (Step 1)

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

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote search.adjustablesample.com (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.

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Quick menu:

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

search.adjustablesample.com redirect removal:

Remove search.adjustablesample.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 searchenginelibrary 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.

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

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove searchenginelibrary 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 searchenginelibrary 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 searchenginelibrary 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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