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*Source of claim SH can remove it. is a rogue search engine that hijacks users’ searches for monetary compensation. is typically installed alongside other pieces of free software. 1024x629

A browser hijacker is a software tool used for the promotion of different products, sites, pages, Internet stores, software programs and apps, services, and others. To operate, a hijacker needs a browser host, and most hijackers are compatible with popular browsing programs the likes of Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Edge. However, it is not excluded that you may get a hijacker installed inside another browsing program. The majority of browser hijackers are multi-compatible, and do not discriminate between the different browsers users may have on their machines. for Mac for Mac primarily targets Mac users from within their Safari and Chrome native browsers. for Mac will typically introduce a new browser homepage and start generating popups, banners, and other online ads during your web sessions.

Once such an app is added to a given browser, it is likely to also make other changes in that browser’s settings. The aspects of the browser that are most likely to get affected are the homepage, the toolbar, and the search engine that the browser uses as its default one. A service that automatically causes page redirects under certain circumstances or over certain time periods may also be added to the browser. All of this is aimed at making the hijacker more effective with the execution of its main task – promotion.

In many cases, the homepage and/or the search engine that are added to the browser are the main things that the hijacker is supposed to advertise. In other cases, however, those are either helper elements that would redirect the user to other sites, or a type of cover for the real purpose of the invasive app. For example, the new search engine that gets added to your browser may seem useful, but at the same time, the app responsible for its addition to your browser may carry out other activities, which may actually decrease the quality of your online experience.

What is

While not technically a virus, behaves in ways that make it practically indistinguishable from a virus for everyday users. The proper denomination for is a browser hijacker. is one of the numerous representatives of this software group, and this article is mainly targeted at users who currently have it in their machines. Our goal is to help those users remove the invasive software piece and restore their browser to its normal and stable. To do that, we have created a guide with manual instructions in it, as well as a linked professional and tested removal tool, which can allow our readers to uninstall the hijacker. Before you try out the guide and the tool, however, stay with us a little more in order to learn what the dangers related to the hijacker category are.

The app

The app is usually dropped on users’ desktops aside from the program hijacking all incoming searches. We advise you to delete the app before proceeding with the removal instructions below.

In and of itself, a hijacker app like is not a very harmful piece of software. Its advertising activities may slow down your browser and computer, but that’s about it in most cases., and other hijackers, are certainly different from viruses, Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware, and other similar threats, when it comes to how harmful they can be. However, if you aren’t careful with all those random ads, redirects, and clickbait pop-ups that a hijacker may place on your screen, you may risk landing on some malicious phishing page, or may be on a site that is used to spread viruses and malware. If this happens, you may indeed get your system infected by some nasty Ransomware cryptovirus or Trojan horse. This is why it is always better to not allow an app like or to freely operate in your system and browser.

Type Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsHijackers normally reveal themselves by replacing the browser’s starting page or search engine.
Distribution MethodMisleading ads, clickbait download buttons, software, bundles, spam, and more.
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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 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 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!


    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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