Global Toolbox Search Mac

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Global Toolbox Search

Global Toolbox Search is a page-redirecting add-on for Mac browsers that is optimized for site-popularization. Global Toolbox Search gets attached to the main browser in the system as soon as it gets installed and begins to cause sudden redirects to the sites it is programmed to promote.

Global Toolbox Search

Global Toolbox Search on Mac

This type of site-promoting activity isn’t inherently harmful to the system of the computer but it can be quite irritating for the user. Besides, there’s always the possibility that one of those page-redirects may land the user on a site that contains harmful downloads such as disguised Trojans, Ransomware viruses, or Spyware. Therefore, even though, in and of itself this app isn’t particularly dangerous, it’s still best if you remove it as soon as you notice it in your Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser.

The earliest symptoms are the change of the search engine, the homepage, or the toolbar of the browser without your permission. The unwanted app makes those changes in order to promote sites more effectively. For example, the homepage it has added to the browser ensures that every time you start the browser one of the sites that sponsor Global Toolbox Search gets a new visit because it is right there on your homepage. At the same time, the new search engine is likely going to show you lots of advertised sites in its search results, oftentimes without telling you which of the search result entries are promoted content.

Global Toolbox Search for Mac

Global Toolbox Search for Mac is a site-advertising app that gets attached to browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Global Toolbox Search for Mac will change the settings of the browser and cause it to redirect your searches to sites that the advertising app is supposed to promote.

The best (and oftentimes only) way to stop the unwanted page-redirects and bring back the previous browser settings is to uninstall this browser-hijacking app. However, doing so may be a bit difficult if you have never before dealt with this type of software. Because of this, you may need our help when trying to remove the hijacker. In the guide at the bottom, you will find some manual steps organized in a removal guide that you can follow in order to uninstall Global Toolbox Search.

What is Global Toolbox Search?

Global Toolbox Search is an unwanted software piece that latches onto the browser and enforces different unwanted changes to its settings. Global Toolbox Search also keeps tabs on the browsing and search history and uses the gathered information for advertising purposes.

Even if the info collected from your browser is typically not used maliciously by the creators of the hijacker, it could sometimes be sold to third parties that may misuse the data and potentially compromise your online security.

The GlobalToolboxSearch app

The GlobalToolboxSearch app is a browser-hijacking software app for macOS machines that forces the computer’s browser to automatically open certain promoted sites. The GlobalToolboxSearch app could potentially redirect the user to unsafe online locations that may endanger the computer.

If, for instance, this hijacker sends your browser to a site that is hosted by hackers, your machine may get exposed to Phishing viruses, Trojan Horses, or Ransomware – something you’d surely prefer to avoid. This is why the best course of action for you right now is to see to the removal of the unwanted app. Again, the steps below will guide you through the uninstallation procedure so we advise you to make use of them. 

SUMMARY:

Name Global Toolbox Search
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some of the giveaway hijacker symptoms are the changed starting page an search engine of the browser and the freuqent automatic page-redirects to promoted sites.
Distribution Method Popular methods for spreading hijackers are the use of spam email messages and social media posts, clickbait ads, file bundles, and others.
Detection Tool

Remove Global Toolbox Search from Mac

For a quick way to remove Global Toolbox Search try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Global Toolbox Search.
  5. Remove Global Toolbox Search 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 Global Toolbox Search!

Step1

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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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

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.
Step5

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,
Privacy in Safari

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

General Tab in Safari

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

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

firefox-512 How to Remove Global Toolbox Search From Firefox in OSX:

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

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


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Global Toolbox Search From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon 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!


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