Search Baron is one of the most common browser hijackers for Mac that targets Safari, Chrome, and other browsers and introduces undesirable changes to them. Search Baron can enter your Mac helped by third-party apps and flood your screen with aggressive advertisements and page-redirects.
What is Search Baron on Mac?
Search Baron cannot be categorized as a virus because it doesn’t directly damage the system or replicate its files. Its main function is to serve as an aggressive online marketing tool that is able to promote different types of content on your screen without you having any control over its actions. Initially, this may not seem like a particularly big problem because the ads and the redirects don’t cause any direct harm to the computer. However, what many users don’t take into consideration is that the sites and pages that those ads redirect to may be filled with various types of misleading content and even malware. Additionally, hijackers like Search Baron are known for extracting data from the browsers they have hijacked. This data is later distributed to third-party advertisers who can use it to target you with personalized ads. This may not sound like a big deal at first but consider that Search Baron doesn’t clearly disclose who it sells your data to and how said data may eventually be used. Sure, it may be utilized for targeted advertising but it may also fall into the hands of hackers and online crooks who may abuse it in all sorts of harmful ways and you’d have no idea about it.
Considering all we’ve mentioned thus far, removing Search Baron (or any other similar hijacker) from your Mac is really the only viable option if you are currently dealing with this type of software. For that reason, we’ve decided to help you uninstall and fully remove the undesirable hijacker from your computer by providing you with detailed instructions in the next guide.
How to get rid of Search Baron
- Go to Applications/Utilities, open the Activity Monitor, and Quit the Search Baron process.
- Delete any potentially unwanted apps from the Applications folder.
- Go to System Preferences/Users & Groups/Login items and remove any items linked to Search Baron.
- Open System Preferences/Profiles and delete any user profiles that you don’t recognize.
Detailed how-to get rid of Search Baron Instructions
- Click on the Finder button from the Menu Bar and select Applications from the left panel.
- Open Utilities and then Activity Monitor and find processes that look like they may be linked to Search Baron – processes with unusual names and ones using large portions of your RAM and CPU.
- If you spot a suspicious process you think shouldn’t be there, select it, and click on the X button in the top-left.
- If you are unsure about a given process, looking up its name can reveal more information. If your online search reveals that the process is from macOS, don’t quit that process.
- Next, go back to the Applications folder and search for potentially unwanted apps that may be responsible for installing the hijacker in your system. Delete the ones you don’t trust.
- Click on the Apple icon in the top-left of your screen, select System Preferences, and go to Users & Groups.
- Select Login Items and look through the entries in the list – if any of them seem to be related to Search Baron, select them and select the minus (-) button to remove them.
- Go back to System Preferences, select the Profiles option, and delete any profiles listed in the next window that hasn’t been created by you. To delete a suspicious profile, select it and click on the Remove button indicated by a minus sign.
How to Remove Search Baron from Mac
- Navigate to the /Library/LaunchAgents folder and delete all recent files in it linked to the hijacker.
- Do the same thing in folders ~/Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons.
- Go to this folder: ~/Library/Application Support, and in it delete any folders that may be related to Search Baron.
- If you want to test a file for malware code, use the free scanner from this page.
Detailed how-to remove Search Baron from Mac Instructions
- Press the Command, Shift, and G keys from the keyboard, copy-paste the following folder location, and hit Enter: /Library/LaunchAgents.
- Look for recently-added suspicious files in the LaunchAgents folder and delete anything that you think could be linked to the Search Baron hijacker.
- If you think a certain file must be deleted but are not sure, use the free malware scanner posted below to test the suspected files for malware:
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- If the scanner detects malicious code in any of the files you scan with it, be sure to delete those files by sending them to the Trash. The following are examples of common malware files that are often found LaunchAgents folder.
- If any of the above-mentioned files are in the LaunchAgents folder, delete them even if scanning them doesn’t detect malware code in them.
- Open the Go window again (Command + Shift + G) and type in it ~/Library/Application Support and hit Enter after that.
- In this next directory, look for folders that have unusual names and that may be connected to the hijacker and delete those folders.
- If you spot any of the following folders, make sure to delete them from the directory:
- Next, use Go to navigate to the ~/Library/LaunchAgents and the /Library/LaunchDaemons folders and delete any suspicious files you may find in them. Remember to use the scanner from this page if you are in doubt.
- If you see the next files in the LaunchDaemons folder, you must delete them:
How to Remove Search Baron from Safari
- In the browser, select the Safari Menu, go to Preferences > Extensions and delete the Search Baron extension.
- Go to Preferences > General and change back the browser’s homepage.
- Select the Privacy tab, click on Remove All Website Data, and then on Remove Now.
- From the History Menu, select Clear History, choose the All History .option and click on Clear History again.
Detailed how-to remove Search Baron from Safari instructions
- Start the browser, click on the Safari menu next to the Apple icon in the top left, and go to Preferences.
- Select the Extensions tab and look for unwanted extensions that may have been added to Safari by the hijacker.
- If you spot an extension you think mustn’t be there, delete it by clicking on its Remove button.
- Now go to the General tab and bring back your previous homepage address (or add a new one you prefer) if the homepage has been changed by the hijacker without your permission.
- Next, select the Privacy tab, click on Remove All Website Data, and then on the Remove Now button to clear the data of Safari.
- Finally, clear the browsing history by selecting the History menu and then clicking on Clear History. In the small window that opens, choose the All History option and click on Clear History again to confirm the command.
How to Remove Search Baron from Chrome
- Copy-paste this: ://settings in the URL bar and press the Enter key.
- Go to Extensions, find the Search Baron extension, and click on its Remove button.
- If you see other suspicious items, delete them too.
- To check if an extension is unwanted, disable it to see if the ads stop.
- Select Search Engine from the left side of the Settings screen.
- If you see unwanted/unfamiliar search engines, click on their three dots icons, and select Remove.
Detailed How to Remove Search Baron from Chrome Instructions
- Start the Chrome browser, click on the three dots in the top-right (Chrome menu), and select More Tools > Extensions.
- Try to find and delete any hijacker-related extensions that may be present in the browser. To delete a Chrome extension, simply click on the Remove button below it.
- If any of the extensions won’t get removed or come back right after you delete them, switch off the toggle button next to the extension, and immediately after that click on Remove.
- Select the Settings button from the browser menu and then click on Search Engine from the sidebar to the left.
- Click on Manage Search Engines and if you see a search engine there that you don’t recognize or trust, select the three dots next to it and then click on Remove from list.
- Select Privacy and security from the left sidebar and then click on Clear browsing data.
- From the next window, put ticks in all of the boxes leaving only the Passwords and other sign-in data and the Autofill data ones unchecked.
- Click on the Clear Data button to delete the browsing data and wait patiently until the deletion is complete.
The instructions in this guide may not help everyone. If this is your case, use the anti-virus program we recommend or try our free online virus scanner. Also, feel free to drop us a comment below if you have any questions or concerns. We will be glad to help!