Remove Boaz “Virus” Search Tool Extension (Safari) Nov.2018 Update


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

Though having a browser hijacker such as the recently reported Boaz “Virus” Extension on your PC doesn’t directly put your PC system at risk, it certainly increases the chances of coming across unsafe web content and even having your machine targeted by scary malware infections such as Spyware, Trojans and Ransomware. Aside from that, hijackers are also quite irritating – their presence on the PC normally means that there would be certain changes to the search engine or to the homepage of your main browser. Likely, there would also be pesky ads, pop-ups and invasive page-redirects that get spammed on your screen throughout each online session. Typical browser targets of this type of unwanted software are Safari,Firefox, Chrome, and even Opera as lately there have been quite a lot of hijackers for Mac systems as well. The common thing between most hijackers is their revenue-generating agendas. Through various paid ads and sponsored search results that they try to redirect the users to, apps like Boaz Search Tool are able to generate significant amounts of income for the people who have developed them. This “business model” is actually not technically illegal despite all the irritation and potential hazards for the users that it might bring. The technically legal nature of most browser hijackers is actually one of the main things that makes them so widespread. Many users struggle with software components like Boaz that have been added to their browsers in one way or another. In fact, since you are reading our article about Boaz, you are likely one of the many who currently have this app inside their systems and browsers. If that is indeed the case, we can offer you some help – a set of instructions arranged in a comprehensible guide is available down below for each of you who might have the nagging hijacker on their PCs.

Remove Boaz “Virus” Search Tool Extension

Step1

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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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.
Step5

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 Boaz 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 Boaz 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.

What more you need to know about browser hijackers

There are three main things to be noted about hijackers. The first one is that it’s best if you remove them once you find out that they have latched onto your browser/s – they are annoying, hardly ever useful in any way and, in some cases, potentially hazardous (albeit, not directly or purposefully). The part about the potential hazards that hijackers might represent leads use to our next point we need to make here – we highly recommend you do not interact with the ads and the redirects and that you do not use the new homepage or search engine imposed on your browser by the hijacker. Many ads online could be hazardous and is usually no strict control over the reliability of the commercial contents that hijackers tend to spam you with. Therefore, if you don’t want to risk landing some nasty Ransomware or Trojan infection, you should probably avoid the hijacker ads/redirects/imposed browser components.

The final thing to mention is you must avoid sketchy sites and online content and only download stuff from sources that you are sure can be trusted. You really don’t need any more annoying apps on your PC and not being careful while online greatly increases the chances bumping into more hijackers (or even more serious hazards) in the future.

SUMMARY:

Name Boaz
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The ad generation and the modifications to the browser is what usually reveals the presence of a hijacker.
Distribution Method The majority of such apps get distributed via software bundles.
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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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