Explore Search Results
Explore Search Results is an advertising browser extension that forces the main browsers of Mac computers to spam the screen with ads and site-redirects. Explore Search Results can also access the browser history and thus learn about the user’s preferences so that it could later show targeted ads.
This is not an uncommon form of online advertising and even though it could be particularly unpleasant to the end users, it’s still mostly considered legal. This is, indeed, why so many site and software developers program their products to gain access to the browsing history of the user and then use the gathered info for the display of more relevant ads. However, unwanted apps like Explore Search Results take this a step further by modifying the starting page, the search engine tool, or the toolbar of the targeted Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser. In addition, they automatically redirect the user, forcing them to visit certain sites that usually have lots of ads on their pages. To make things worse, some of the sites promoted by the unwanted app may be unreliable and may lead to further problems.
Explore Search Results for Mac
Explore Search Results for Mac is a browser-hijacking software responsible for a number of unwanted changes in the browser and for sudden page redirects during online sessions. Explore Search Results for Mac doesn’t seek to harm your Mac but it may still do that indirectly, through its ads and redirects.
If you want to protect your Mac against the potential threats that this hijacking app may expose you to, your best option is to immediately uninstall the intrusive software. If you’ve already tried to d that yourself, you may have realized that removing this browser hijacker is not as simple as uninstalling any other software. Fortunately, it’s still not impossible (or too difficult) to uninstall Explore Search Results, as long as you know what the right steps are. Below, in our removal guide, we will explain to you what needs to be done in order to get rid of this undesirable app.
What is Explore Search Results?
Explore Search Results is a new version of the widespread browser hijacker software category known for its intrusive ads and page redirects. Users typically get Explore Search Results added to their browsers after they install the contents of a file bundle without first checking the advanced setup menu.
We strongly recommend removing this software from your Mac browser because if you allow the hijacker to stay in your computer and to keep spamming you with adverts, you risk eventually landing on a site filled with misleading offers, phishing elements, or even viruses the likes of Trojans, Ransomware, or Spyware.
The ExploreSearchResults app
The ExploreSearchResults app is a type of Mac software known for its ability to install in the browser and take over its settings. The ExploreSearchResults app controls the browser’s homepage address, its search engine, and even the sites that the user visits.
This app isn’t aimed at harming your Mac. Instead, its goal is to make money through the various forms of paid advertisements it spams your screen with. However, there’s no telling when a given ad or a page redirect may get your Mac exposed to real viruses such as Ransomware or Trojans, which is why the removal of the hijacker is still the best option.
|Name||Explore Search Results|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijackers typically change something in the browser and cause sudden page redirects.|
|Distribution Method||A hijacker app can be distributed via spam messages, misleading pop-up ads, file bundles, and more.|
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Remove Explore Search Results from Mac
For a quick way to remove Explore Search Results try to do this inside your Mac browser:
- Open your Mac browser.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
- Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Explore Search Results.
- Remove Explore Search Results from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.
If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Explore Search Results!
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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.
How to Remove Explore Search Results From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Explore Search Results From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click 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!