Nearbyme Mac


Nearbyme is a program that integrates with your Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser and alters its settings. Hence, Nearbyme belongs to the software category of browser hijackers.


The first signs of an infection with Nearbyme are the new homepage and default search engine in your browser

As a result of its activity, you may see a large number of online ads on your screen whenever you’re browsing the web. These can come in the form of popups, banners, box messages and in-text links, among others. In addition, some of the first signs of an infection with Nearbyme or similar program like Yahoo Search are the new homepage and default search engine in your browser. And chances are you have already tried to set those preferences to the ones you had originally only to find the new homepage and search engine back where they were. Don’t worry, though. Once you remove Nearbyme with the help of our special removal guide below, you will be able to configure your browser settings to your liking.

Nearbyme for Mac

Nearbyme for Mac is hardly any different from the majority of other browser hijackers out there. Just like them, Nearbyme for Mac will spam you with online ads and cause frequent page redirects to various sponsored sites.

Why does all of this happen, though? Well, browser hijackers like this one typically operate based on Pay Per Click and similar remuneration systems as a means to generate revenue for their developers. Hence, the more ads you see and the more you click on, the more money the developers earn. And while this may sound fairly harmless, that’s not quite so. Software of this type has been known to engage in various tracking activities and it may log your browsing preferences, which you probably never consented to.

What is Nearbyme?

Very frequently, users tend to confuse Nearbyme with a virus or some form of malicious software. This is because most of the time they don’t know where Nearbyme came from.

The truth is that you most likely downloaded and installed this program yourself without realizing it. Typically, software developers bundles unwanted applications like this one in the setup of other, more desirable programs in order to ensure their distribution. Thus, think back to any program you may have recently installed on your Mac. That is likely how you landed Nearbyme.

The Nearbyme App

As established, the Nearbyme app is not a virus. However, the Nearbyme app may expose your computer to potential threats. This can happen as a result of all the page redirects that it initiates. For instance, you can end up on an infected webpage or among the many ads that you encounter, you could click on one that has been contaminated by malware such as a Trojan or ransomware virus.

For this reason we like to advise our readers to try and avoid all the online ads that are constantly coming your way. Furthermore, it’s best to take the necessary measures and remove this browser hijacker from your system in order to prevent any mishaps from taking place. And for that you can use our free removal guide below.


Name Nearbyme
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove Nearbyme from Mac

To remove Nearbyme from Mac, you must:

  1. Find out if the hijacker is currently running any rogue processes and stop them.
  2. Delete any malware files from your Mac related to the hijacker.
  3. Remove suspicious apps downloaded from unreliable sources.
  4. Thoroughly clean every browser that’s on your computer.

To find out more about how to perform those steps, please, read the next instructions.

Detailed Nearbyme Removal

Step 1: Quit the Nearbyme processes

All currently running processes on your Mac can be seen and stopped from the Activity Monitor app. You can find this app in Applications > Utilities, so go there and open it.

Here are potential red-flags that may give away a rogue process that’s running at the moment.

  • A process that seems unrelated to any programs you are familiar with is consuming large amounts of CPU, battery life, and/or RAM memory.
  • Two processes have very similar names – in such cases, one of them is probably a disguised rogue process.
  • The process’ name seems odd/suspicious.

There are obviously not many ways to determine if a given process is rogue by simply looking at it. However, if you suspect a certain one of being related to Nearbyme, you can (and are advised to) always look up its name to learn more about its origins, characteristics, and properties. If the process is indeed rogue, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be posts on many security forums addressing that.

If you find relevant information that confirms your suspicions, be sure to quit the process that raised them by selecting it, clicking the X button, and then the Quit button.

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Step 2: Delete rogue Nearbyme files


There are a couple folders on every Mac where a hijacker or another piece of malware is most likely to store its files, so you must now check those folders and delete from them anything that shouldn’t be in them.

First, press Command + Shift + G, type /Library/LaunchAgents in the field, and select Go. To help your search for rogue data, focus only on the items created on or after the date you think the hijacker got installed on your Mac. Scan those files with the following free scanner and delete whatever gets detected as malware. Once you are done here, visit the ~/Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders and do the same thing in them.

Finally, open ~/Library/Application Support and explore it for sub-folders with hijacker files. Check the different sub-folders, scanning their files, and if malware is detected in any of them, delete the subfolder(s) that contains the rogue files.

Step 3: Delete the Nearbyme app Like most hijackers, Nearbyme can be added to apps that don’t initially seem problematic in order to reach more users and get installed on their Macs. It is, however, rare for hijacker-carrying apps to be let into the Mac App Store – it is much more common for such apps to be found in third-party download platforms that have lower security standards. With this taken into account, you should now check what apps are in your Applications folder and delete the ones that you don’t know if you can trust, especially ones downloaded from other sources and not from the Mac App Store. Drag suspicious apps to the Trash to delete them and then Empty the Trash.

Uninstall Nearbyme from Safari

To uninstall Nearbyme from Safari, both the browser’s unneeded/questionable extensions and data must be cleared.

  1. Once you go to the browser, open its menu shown at the top, and then go to Preferences.
  2. From there, open the Extensions tab and delete everything that you are unfamiliar with, that you haven’t personally installed, or that you deem suspicious.
  3. Restart the entire system, go to the browser again, and open the Extensions page to see if the items you deleted are still gone.

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In many cases, deleting the rogue browser extensions could be enough to solve the problem in Safari. We, however, also advise you to clear the browsing data and check its homepage.

First, to check the homepage, go to Preferences > General. See what address is shown as the browser’s homepage and if it is one that’s been placed there by Nearbyme, delete it and type in the address for another site – one that is trusted and reliable.

General Tab in Safari

Default Home Page

Now select the Privacy tab from Preferences and use the Remove All Website Data option to clear the browsing data, thus making sure that no temporary files related to the hijacker are left on your Mac.

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Though not particularly necessary, it may also be a good idea to delete the browsing history. You can do that from the History menu at the top, by selecting Clear History and executing the command. For best results, use the all history setting, as shown in the next image.

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Cleaning other browsers from Nearbyme If you have other browsers, do not forget about them – most hijackers are highly versatile and can get integrated with any modern browser.

How to clean Firefox To clean Firefox, you must first open it, then select the three lines icon form the top-right, and go to Add-ons. There, like with Safari, delete anything suspicious or unknown. Naturally, if any of the items you see there are ones you earlier deleted from Safari, you must delete them from Firefox as well. It may also be a good idea to check what items are shown in the Plugins section and disable anything that seems rogue.

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To revoke any unwanted changes made by Nearbyme in the browser, it’s suggested that you refresh the settings of Firefox using the instructions shown in the linked page.

How to clean Chrome Despite the powerful anti-hijacking features that Chrome has, it still remains susceptible to getting browser hijackers like Nearbyme integrated with it, so you should check if for rogue components like your other browsers. Start by opening its menu, selecting the More Tools sub-menu, and going to its Extensions settings. Like before, delete anything there that you think shouldn’t be present in the browser. If a given extension doesn’t go away when you try to remove it, then disable it and immediately after select the Remove button again and this time it should be successfully removed.

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Now return to the browser menu, go to Settings, select Search Engine from the left, and open the Manage Search Engines settings. The only search engines listed on that page should be ones you know and trust – anything else must be removed from the list. To block a search engine that you don’t know/trust, click the three dots next to it and then click the Remove option.

Once everything else is done, reset the settings of Google Chrome to revoke any other unwanted changes made in the browser by Nearbyme.

If Nearbyme is still there If that is your situation, and you haven’t been able to delete the rogue hijacker, a possible reason for this may be that there’s a malicious program such as a Trojan Horse present in the system that is secretly hindering your attempts to eliminate the hijacker (while also likely performing other harmful tasks). For that reason, using a specialized anti-malware software that can delete the hijacker and also scan your Mac for other threats is highly recommended in such cases. The tool we’d recommend that you use has been linked in the guide, so if you are still struggling with Nearbyme, you may want to give it a try.


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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