QuickLookSearches Mac


QuickLookSearches is a Mac browser component which security researchers associate with aggressive generation of sponsored ads and automatic page-redirects. QuickLookSearches normally behaves as a browser hijacker and fills the screen of the main web browser with banners, pop-ups and links that redirect users to various sites.

QuickLookSearches Mac

The QuickLookSearches App on Mac

Many programs (especially those that are distributed free of cost) contain components like QuickLookSearches inside their setup package and when the users download and install them without carefully customizing the setup settings, the browser hijacker becomes part of their system. As soon as this happens, the intrusive software starts to make changes inside the system’s default web browser. It doesn’t make any difference if you are using Chrome, Safari, Firefox or another Mac web browser – the hijacker can integrate with them all.

QuickLookSearches for Mac

QuickLookSearches for Mac is a browser hijacker that looks like a plugin but instead of providing useful functionality, it establishes control over the main web browser. QuickLookSearches for Mac may typically set a new search engine and replace the homepage address with a different one that redirects to a promoted website.

QuickLookSearches, for instance, can install a search engine of its own and replace the homepage domain with one that redirects to a specific website. Aside from that, it can start displaying various sponsored pop-up advertisements, banners and redirect links on top of every webpage that you visit. On this page, however, we have published a removal guide that can help you uninstall QuickLookSearches along with the unwanted browser changes and remove all the nagging ads generated by this program.

What is QuickLookSearches?

QuickLookSearches is a browser-hijacking program known for its irritating advertisements and its random page redirects. QuickLookSearches isn’t malware but it may affect your Mac browser’s performance and appearance by exposing you to sites with questionable content without asking your permission.

In general, programs from the browser hijacker class are not malicious and don’t have the harmful abilities of, let’s say a Trojan horse or a Ransomware virus. That’s why they normally do not represent a serious danger to the system they operate on. Still, many users neglect the fact that many of the sites which get promoted by browser hijackers are unreliable and have a bad reputation or low-quality products and services. That’s why they rely on the aggressive online advertising tactics of programs like QuickLookSearches to gain traffic and clicks from the web users. Sadly, such sites can often be used by hackers who seek to spread real viruses (including the aforementioned Trojans, Ransomware, Worms, etc.) and to infect as many people as possible. With this in mind, it is surely not a good idea to leave the hijacker to redirect you to various random web pages during your web browsing sessions. In fact, our best advice is to uninstall it by using the instructions below.

The Quick Look Searches app

The Quick Look Searches app is an annoying piece of software that can show hundreds of pop-up ads, banners and sponsored notifications on the screen of your main web browser. The good news is that the Quick Look Searches app can be removed from your Mac machine without leaving any negative consequences.

The quickest removal method is to use professional removal tool like the one on this page but if you are confident enough to delete QuickLookSearches by yourself, you can also follow the steps in the manual removal guide below


Name QuickLookSearches
Type Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Unauthorized changes to the browser’s homepage and search engine settings, auto-redirects to random sites.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers normally are bundled with other free software and get distributed inside its setup package.
Detection Tool

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Remove QuickLookSearches from Mac

For a quick way to remove QuickLookSearches 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 QuickLookSearches.
  5. Remove QuickLookSearches 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 QuickLookSearches!

QuickLookSearches Mac

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.

QuickLookSearches Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to QuickLookSearches Mac

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:

QuickLookSearches Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

QuickLookSearches Mac

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.

QuickLookSearches Mac

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,

QuickLookSearches Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

QuickLookSearches Mac

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.
QuickLookSearches Mac

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,
QuickLookSearches Mac

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

QuickLookSearches Mac

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
QuickLookSearches Mac

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

QuickLookSearches Mac How to Remove QuickLookSearches From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefox, click on QuickLookSearches Mac (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.

QuickLookSearches Mac

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

QuickLookSearches MacHow to Remove QuickLookSearches From Chrome in OSX:

Start Chrome, click QuickLookSearches Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select QuickLookSearches Mac.

QuickLookSearches Mac

Click QuickLookSearches Mac 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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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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