How to Remove Any Search Manager “Virus” From Mac (March 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Any Search Manager “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac.

If you are currently on this page, you are probably familiar with the following situation:

You start your computer as usual, wait for it to load all its features and you open your browser (regardless of which one you will typically use – Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera). However, after that something peculiar happens. Your browser window is loaded but something begins to irk you – the appearance of an endless barrage online ads. You try to use your browser, but you get redirected to some pages you’ve never even heard of. You don’t really know what to do so you start searching the web for the root of your problem, and again – surprise, your previous homepage and search engine have been removed and some new ones have taken their place.

If all of that is true in your case – here comes the explanation. It’s highly likely your browsers have been attacked by a browser hijacker (such as Any Search Manager “Virus”). For the purpose of safely dealing with this issue, continue with the rest of this article.

Any Search Manager Browser Redirect

What does browser hijacking really mean?

The common definition of the term “browser hijacker” is all kinds of possibly unwanted page redirecting and browser-modifying activities that may get caused by a certain unwanted piece of software categorized as a browser hijacker or also known as page redirect . Here are the main issue you might face with such an annoyance:

  1. Your browser might start displaying a lot of irritating ads such as pop-ups and banners.;
  2. It is probable that your default browser homepage could be replaced with a new one. Also, Any Search Manager is likely to attempt to change your default search engine as well.
  3. You might end up being redirected to many websites, especially online stores. This sort of hijacking is known as DNS-based.

How to protect your system from such page redirects:

As opposed to other malware-based infections, browser hijackers cause a less serious type of an infection. Most of the known hijackers are not designed to damage or steal any of your data. As mentioned before, they are simply advertising tools.

To get rid of Any Search Manager, follow the instructions we have shared inside the Removal Guide posted below and that should do the job for the safe uninstallation of this redirect.

How to Remove Any Search Manager “Virus”


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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.



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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:


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,

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.

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 Any Search Manager 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 Any Search Manager 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.

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In some of the more extreme “infection” cases, it is even possible that Any Search Manager may hinder you from going back to your own default browser app setting configuration. In other words, it may continuously replace your browsers’ homepages until you give up trying to reverse the changes and accept the current state.

That could seem quite scary, however…

Everything is indeed related to the interests of the advertising and the marketing industries. It is no surprise that many software developers seek to get their products promoted online in as many ways as possible. Due to this, many online marketers have come up with a variety of ways to advertise stuff online and the hijacker redirects are some of the best tools for the jon. You may have been showered with ads every time you open your browser merely because advertising is now mostly done online.

How you may be tricked into installing a hijacker like Any Search Manager:

Hijackers like Any Search Manager get distributed in many different ways – spam emails, fake ads, shady sites with questionable reputation, torrents, and all other forms of social engineering and Internet spam. This is why you must always be really careful with what you do on the Internet, what sites you visit and what content you interact with.

Still, the most usual cause of a browser hijack “infection” is any free software distributed as a bundle:

It is a known fact that usually what comes free is almost never really for “free”. Quite a few developers need to make a profit in some way, so they may create some very tempting program bundles. These bundles consist of many several programs packed together, and in some cases there could also be forms of adware and redirects/hijackers added in there.

Despite that, you can download and install such a bundle and still be hijacker-free if you listen to our advice – never install anything on your PC automatically via these installation options: Default, Easy or Recommended. Always utilize the other options, which are labeled as Custom or Advanced since they are the only ones to secure your control over the installation process. This is the way to choose what you need on your computer from a given bundle and what you don’t.


Name Any Search Manager
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Annoying browser modifications.
Distribution Method Bundles and other shareware; spam and torrents.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.