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How to remove the search.3bamfz.com address from a hijacked browser?

Also Known As: search.3bamfz.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What kind of page is search.3bamfz.com?

Search.3bamfz.com is the address of a fake search engine promoted through a browser-hijacking application. The app used to promote search.3bamfz.com changes the web browser's settings and adds the "Managed by your organization" feature. Users rarely download and install browser hijackers knowingly.

the default search engine replaced with search.3bamfz.com

Search.3bamfz.com in detail

Search.3bamfz.com can show results generated by Yahoo, Bing and possibly other search engines. It depends on the user's geolocation. Search.3bamfz.com redirects to bing.com via Amazon AWS and lisumanagerine.club, and to search.yahoo.com via Amazon AWS. Search.3bamfz.com redirects to questionable pages before showing search results.

Search.3bamfz.com could show results generated by questionable search engines. Those results could include links to untrustworthy pages, include shady advertisements. Using fake search engines or having browser-hijacking apps installed on browsers is not recommended.

Threat Summary:
Name search.3bamfz.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Sophos (Malicious), Full List (VirusTotal)
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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Additional information

More examples of fake search engines are search.softsurf.xyz, searchmime.com, ib-search.com. A big part of them is promoted using browser hijackers. Apps of this type can be capable of collecting information about its users. The same applies to fake search engines.

How did search.3bamfz.com install on my computer?

Users end up having their browsers hijacked by clicking on deceptive ads, through fake installers, installers used to distribute potentially unwanted applications. Advertisements can cause unwanted installations only when they are designed to run certain scripts and users click on them.

Fake installers get downloaded mostly from untrustworthy websites using deceptive methods to trick users into downloading (and using) them. Installers (and downloaders) used to distribute potentially unwanted apps have "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings. Users download or install unwanted apps when they leave those settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not use third-party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, and similar sources to download or install programs. It is recommended to use only official websites. Deselect optional downloads or installations before downloading or installing programs. Avoid clicking on ads that shady pages have on them.

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.3bamfz.com redirects to bing.com via amazonaws and lisumanagerine.club (GIF):

search.3bamfz.com redirects to bing.com via shady addresses

Search.3bamfz.com in Chrome settings as a new tab page (with the "Managed by your organization" added to browser):

search.3bamfz.com as the new tab page

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Quick menu:

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

search.3bamfz.com redirect removal:

Remove search.3bamfz.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.3bamfz.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.

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.

search.3bamfz.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove search.3bamfz.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.3bamfz.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.3bamfz.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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the purpose of forcing users visit search.3bamfz.com website?

By increasing the number of search.3bamfz.com page visits, its developers generate more revenue. Their goal is to increase website traffic.

Is visiting search.3bamfz.com a threat to my privacy?

Search.3bamfz.com and other fake search engines and apps used to promote them can be designed to collect information about their users. That information could be misused for malicious purposes.

How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?

Browser hijackers usually are distributed using various browser notifications, intrusive advertisements. Also, they are distributed by bundling them with other programs.

Will Combo Cleaner help me remove browser hijackers?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and remove browser hijackers. It can be difficult to remove multiple browser hijackers - they can be designed to reinstall one another. In such cases, all present browser-hijacking apps have to be removed at once. It can be achieved using software like Combo Cleaner.

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Medium threat activity

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