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Remove Search Baron Virus from Mac/Safari/Chrome

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This page aims to help you remove the Search Baron virus from mac on Chrome and Safari. Search Baron is related to the bing redirect virus.

How to remove Search Baron?

Looking for a quick way how to remove Search Baron?  Try this:
  1. Select Applications in your Mac OS.
  2. In the Applications folder search for Search Baron.
  3. Send Search Baron to Thrash.
  4. Look for any other suspicious items and uninstall them as well if needed.
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The Search Baron virus redirect in action.

In case you have Search Baron on your PC, then you need to understand that you are currently dealing with what the IT specialists call a Browser Hijacker. Since you’re currently reading this article, it is likely that you already know the signs of the Hijacker infection. Some of those symptoms may include various types of pop-ups, banners, box messages, etc. on your screen as well as page-redirects and changes in the browser’s homepage, search engine or new tab settings. Fortunately, this article offers everything you need to remove Search Baron from your system and safely uninstall its potentially unwanted changes. What’s important to remember is to not panic because this type of software is not some nasty virus, a Ransomware or a Trojan that can harm your system. Just follow the guide and you will be able to effectively deal with it. Keep in mind, though, that might take some time if you are unfamiliar with the steps, that’s why if you want to quickly remove the hijacker, you can use the professional remove tool included in the guide.

Can Search Baron harm your PC?

A very common reaction to an infection with a Browser Hijacker is for the people to believe their machine has become a target of some malicious program. This, however, is not the case with those types of software. Programs like Search Baron are more of an annoyance and an aggressive source of potentially unwanted advertisements rather than a real danger to your system. Computer viruses (such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.) are something way more malicious than a simple Browser Hijacker and for that reason, you should fear them more than you fear an ad-generating piece of software. This is because they can cause serious problems to any machine they manage to infect. A Trojan Horse, for instance, can steal all your sensitive information and hand it over to the hackers while a Ransomware cryptovirus can lock your personal files and blackmail you to pay a ransom for their liberation. None of these activities can be related to programs such as Search Baron and once you remove them, your machine should be as good as new.

Yet, when faced with similar software one critical thing to keep in mind is that interacting with any of the Ads, generated by it, generally, is an extremely bad idea. One of the biggest reasons why you should remove Browser Hijackers from your PC is the fact that such type of programs are able to look through the recent activity of your online searches and figuring out what you like. All of that is, naturally, in your “best interest” in order to show only the most suitable Ads, pop-ups and banners to you. The acquired browsing-related information is then analyzed and used to provide the most relevant promotions. What could be an issue is the fact that some of the ads may be misleading and deceiving and may redirect you to unfamiliar web locations. This is certainly not something you would want to experience because the chance of landing on some compromised pages with questionable content is quite high. That’s why a good solution, when encountered with programs like Search Baron, is to get rid of them as soon as you can.


Name Search Baron
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  You may constantly get redirected to various sites full of ads, banners and pop-ups.
Distribution Method Software bundling, torrents, free downloads, shareware, automatic updates, ads and spam.
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Remove Search Baron “Virus”


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The Search Baron removal guide begins below this picture

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.



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 Search Baron 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 Search Baron From Chrome:

 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!

1 Comment

  • I’ve tried all of your instructions to remove Bing and Searchbaron from Chrome on my Mac, and short of purchasing the upgraded Combo Cleaner, nothing has worked. I’ve removed the suspect search engines, reset my browser, yet it persists. Help?


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