Recently our “How to remove” team received a lot of queries about a program named AnysearchMac. This program seems to be causing some web users trouble because of the changes it may impose to their Chrome, Internet Explorer or other Firefox browser. Some people are reporting that the program prevents them from opening certain web pages, redirects them to other web locations, replaces their homepage or search engine, generates various intrusive ads, pop-ups, and banners or makes them encounter other browsing issues such as sluggishness and unresponsiveness to their searches. Such activities may seem really suspicious, especially if you are not familiar with the real purpose of the program and you don’t know how and why it appeared on your PC. Fortunately, the imposed changes can easily be removed but for that, you need to uninstall the entire program. In the next lines, we will show you exactly how to do that, but first, let us clarify whether AnysearchMac is a virus and if it can cause you harm.

Is AnysearchMac dangerous for your system?

AnysearchMac is a piece of software that tends to integrate with almost every browser. It usually places some connected components inside Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or other browsing programs and modifies their search results. When the web users see a stream of ads, homepage or search engine changes, new toolbars or some suddenly popping new tabs, they may often think that they have been infected with some sort of a nasty virus (probably a Trojan or a tricky Ransomware infection) and they tend to get panicked. However, many people may not know that the activities described above are not necessarily a result of a virus attack and most probably result from the actions of a browser hijacker.

Browser hijackers are a special type of software, used widely in the online marketing industry. They are not malicious and do not share the typical harmful abilities of Trojans, Ransomware, and other nasty infections and are basically programmed to promote certain web pages, services or products. Usually, this happens by inserting specific ad-generating components and scripts inside the users’ browser (aka hijacking it) so that every time they open a new tab or try to search for something on the web, they will be automatically redirected to some sponsored web pages, ads or links. This is a bit aggressive, but is still a legal advertising approach which programs like this seem to employ. If you suspect that AnysearchMac is behaving like a browser hijacker and is prompting you to interact with different web pages and commercial content that you don’t want to, it’s a good idea to scan your device with a professional anti-malware tool and remove the redirecting program automatically. In the guide below we have also published manual instructions that can help you uninstall it without the help of a professional. Doing so will eliminate all the disturbance and will also prevent you from bumping into some potentially hazardous and sketchy web locations.

How to prevent browser hijackers from becoming part of your PC?

Typically, browser hijacker infections are often caused by improper installation of some free software bundles. Various potentially unwanted programs are distributed through such software packages, therefore, if you have recently downloaded and installed some new program through the Fast Download / Automatic Settings, a potentially unwanted application such as AnysearchMac may have crashed into your computer along with it. To avoid redirecting issues with Chrome, Firefox and other browsers, always choose the Advanced/User Settings, which allows you to adjust the installation permissions. This way, the settings allow you to see a list of optional download applications and allow you to control and prevent the installation of unwanted applications

How to safely remove AnysearchMac and get your browser back to normal?

If you’re dealing with AnysearchMac and its intrusive activities, it’s a good idea to clean the device with the professional removal tool and let it discover all the scripts of the potentially unwanted program that causes you browser-related problems. Still, if you do not want to use additional software, you can try to find the related scripts manually by following the instructions in the removal guide below. Be very careful, though, and strictly follow all the steps so that you can correctly identify the right browser hijacker files and their scripts. If you delete something else by mistake, there is a risk of corrupting your system, so if you are not really confident in handling this hijacker manually and notice unknown activity in your web browser, you should better use trusted tools to take care of your device.


Name AnysearchMac
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners generation, homepage or search engine replacements, sudden page redirects.
Distribution Method Spam messages, torrents, freeware or shareware sites, free software bundles and automatic installers, direct download links form the web or ads.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

How to Uninstall AnysearchMac


The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.



Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to AnysearchMac

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.


Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,


and then again on the Extensions tab,


Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab


Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

AnysearchMac How to Remove AnysearchMac From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on AnysearchMac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.


The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

AnysearchMacHow to Remove AnysearchMac From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click AnysearchMac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  AnysearchMac.


 Click AnysearchMac again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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