Ib-search Virus Mac

Ib search

Ib search is a site-advertising add-on for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox that causes sudden page redirects in the affected Mac browsers. Ib search also scans the history of the browser so that it can redirect users to sites they may be interested in and/or show them relevant ads.


The Ib-search Virus on Mac

Most browser-hijacking apps like this one and Search Marquis, Search Baron are harmless if we compare them to Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, or other more problematic malware threats. Nevertheless, a browser hijacker shouldn’t be considered as something that’s okay to be kept on your Mac. The changes this undesirable software may make in the starting page of your main browser or in its search engine can oftentimes compromise the safety of the system and expose the computer to various types of danger, including disguised phishing sites, misleading clickbait ads, or even virus-distributing webpages. Therefore, if you’ve noticed any sudden page redirects as well as obstructive popups and banners in your browser, we strongly advise you to finish this article and then make use of the detailed instructions we have included down below.

Ib search for Mac

Ib search for Mac is a type of browser-infecting software that can be described as a browser hijacker for Mac browsers. Ib search for Mac is capable of putting aggressive ads inside the affected browsers as well as controlling some of the computer’s Internet settings.

The longer this hijacker app is allowed to reside on the infected computer, the higher the risk of facing more serious security problems, including attacks from various kinds of harmful malware like Trojan viruses, Spyware programs, or file-encrypting Ransomware.

The Ib-search Virus

The Ib-search Virus is an example of a browser-hijacking virus extension – this is a Mac browser add-on that causes uncontrolled ad-generation. The Ib-search virus also forces the browser to promote different obscure sites via direct page redirects to them.

The goal of this malware app, however, is not related to harming your computer or doing anything bad to or with your private data. Instead, the goal of most hijackers is purely advertising-related. Those applications make money off the backs of regular users by using the screens of their Macs as platforms for their advertising campaigns. Though the ads themselves don’t harm the computer, they can still be particularly obstructive and unpleasant. Also, should you accidentally click on any of them, or interact with the contents of the sites you get redirected to, the risk of exposing your machine to danger goes up significantly.

What is Ib search?

Ib search is a small malware element that becomes attached to the browser as soon as it gets installed. Ib search is mainly distributed with the help of the installers of other programs and once it gets in the browser it begins to cause aggressive page redirects.

The best way to stop a hijacker from tampering with the settings of your browser while also restoring the safety of your Mac is to remove the undesirable piece of software. Since most users need help with this, we’ve put together an uninstallation guide for Ib search that you can find down below and use for free. 


Name Ib search
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove Ib search from Mac

Clear Safari Extensions

If Ib Search has added  browser extension to Safari, you will have to remove that extension as this may be all that is needed to get rid of the hijacker entirely. If after you remove the extension the problems with your browser stop and there don’t seem to be any more symptoms linked to the hijacker, then there won’t be any need to go through the whole guide and complete all of the steps.

To remove any extension from Safari, you must first open the browser, select the Safari Menu and click on Preferences.

Preferences in Safari

In Preferences, you will see a button labeled Extensions – you must select it and this will bring you to a page where you can see the extensions that are added to Safari. Look for an item labeled Ib Search or something along those lines and if you see anything like that, remove it. Also remove any other extensions you don’t recognize or don’t use as well as ones that you may not have installed on your own.

extensions in safari

If you didn’t find any suspicious extensions and/or ones that carry the name of the hijacker, you can remove all Safari extensions one by one to try to determine if any of them are linked to the problem. Removing all extensions won’t compromise the browser in any way so there’s no problem in doing it.

If removing extensions from Safari didn’t help, proceed with the following removal steps.


Before we start, you must close Safari but it is possible that the hijacker may not let you do that. If you are having problems closing the browser, go to the Apple Menu > Force Quit, highlight the Safari entry from currently open apps, and then click on the Force Quit button, causing the browser to close.



From the Applications folder, go to Utilities and open the Activity Monitor. In it, you must find the Ib search process. If you don’t see this name there, look for other suspicious processes, especially ones that use lots of your Mac’s resources (RAM and CPU). Of course, if a given resource-intensive process is coming from a program that is open at the moment on your computer, then this process is most likely not linked to the hijacker so use your discretion to determine if any specific process should be seen as suspicious. Also. it is a good idea to always first search for the names of suspicious processes on the Internet to see if they are not regular system process as those could sometimes appear questionable despite being essential to the normal functioning of the system.

If you see a process you think may be linked to Ib search, select it, select the Information icon at the top, and then clock on the Sample button.



Save the process sample on the Desktop of your Mac and then go to the saved file and drag it to the free online anti-malware scanner below:

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    Once the scan finishes, see if the file is flagged as malware and if it is, go to the Activity Monitor again and Quit the process that was sampled.


    Now you must open Safari again but this time hold the Shift key while opening the browser to Safe Launch it. A Safe Launch will prevent the browser from loading any sites and tabs that were open during the previous browsing session. However, if any such tabs/sites load again, especially if they are from the hijacker, close the browser, stop the Internet connection of your Mac, and then try to Safe Launch Safari again.

    To stop the Internet of the computer, you can simply plug out the Ethernet cable from the machine if your Internet connection is via such a cable. If you are using Wi-FI instead, press-hold the Option button from the keyboard, click on the Wi-Fi menu from the top, and select the Turn Wi-Fi Off option. Once you complete this guide, restore the WI-FI connection from the same menu.


    With Safari Safe Launched, go once more to the Extensions page and if any of the extensions that you removed earlier have been restored to the browser, uninstall them again and then proceed to the Privacy section of Preferences. In there, use the Remove All Website Data option to clear the data of Safari so that any records of the hijacker would be removed. Note that the site accounts where you are logged in by default will get logged out so you will have to re-enter your login details to enter them again the next time you visit those sites.

    Privacy in Safari

    Now go to the General tab and see if the Safari homepage has been hijacked. If it has been hijacked, the address for the homepage wouldn’t be the one that you chose for the browser or the one that was set by default but would instead be some odd, unusual web address that is likely linked to Ib search.

    General Tab in Safari

    If that is the case with your browser and its homepage has indeed been hijacked by the unwanted software, replace the homepage address with one chosen by you – make sure it is the address of a site that is reliable and trusted.

    Default Home Page

    The last part of this step is to visit the History menu and select Clear History. From the box that appears, set the time period to be “from the start” to make sure that there’s no chance that anything from the hijacker would remain in the browser and then click on Clear Browsing History to finalize the action. If the history deletion seems to be taking a while, don’t worry, the process will eventually complete so be patient and don’t try to close the browser.


    It is important to check any other browsers in the system for hijacker data/extensions and clear them in case there are any signs that those browsers have also been hijacked.

    firefox-512 Removing ads from Firefox for Mac:

    If you have installed Firefox on your Mac, open it, and go to Firefox Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. Do the same here that you did with on Safari – find any extensions that you think may be linked to Ib search and delete them.

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    After all suspicious extensions are removed from Firefox, visit this guide on how to clear Firefox data and complete the steps listed there.

    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemoving ads from Chrome for Mac:

    If you also have Chrome, start it and from its menu go to More Tools > Extensions. Again, clear the list of extensions by deleting the ones that may be connected to the hijacker and/or may be causing browser disruptions.

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    After that, select Settings from Chrome’s menu, click on the Search Engine button from the left side of the window, and then select the Manage Search Engine button. Look at the listed search engine tools that are integrated with Chrome and if there is one named Ib search there, select the three-dot button next to it and then click on the Block option to remove this search engine from the list of ones the browser is allowed to use. Do the same thing with any other search engines you don’t recognize or trust.

    Lastly, you will have to clear the Chrome data and reset its settings  – follow this link to learn how to do it and follow the instructions provided there to finalize this step.

    Final Notes

    If you correctly complete all the steps from the guide on this page, by the time you are finished, there should be no trace left from the hijacker on your Mac. However, on the off chance the unwanted software is still present in the system even after the guide is completed, you can try out the advanced and powerful removal tool we’ve recommended on this page and you can also contact us through the comments to request further assistance from our side.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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