Security researchers have deemed Searchit a browser hijacker. The Searchit mac virus will alter your web browser so all searches will be displayed via the Searchit app. Searchit will redirect you to various search engines like Bing, Yahoo and Google Custom Search that may display altered results for your search queries.


Searchit appears in your Safari Preferences

Replaced search engine, toolbar and/or homepage of your browser and obscure and annoying ads and page redirects popping-up on your screen while you are on the Internet regardless of what site you are trying to visit are two very common symptoms related to a the so-called browser hijackers. Many of you might not know what a browser hijacker/browser redirect app is but most of you have likely already encountered such an app at a certain point.

What is Searchit 1.0?

Searchit is an unwanted app that is known for intrusive ads and browser changes. Searchit is likely to slow-down your browser, and make it difficult to use.

As we said, the main symptoms caused by the presence of such software on the computer can be observed inside the browser. It doesn’t matter what browser you use – the majority of hijacker apps are compatible with the most popular browser programs like Safari,Chrome, Firefox, etc. Lately, there’s even been an increased number of browser hijackers compatible with Safari browsers on Mac computers. This should show you just how widespread this type of software is. However, though annoying and mostly unwanted, the browser hijacker category of apps is not to be mistaken for actual infectious malware programs like Trojans, Worms, Ransomware, viruses and the like. While hijackers can certainly cause a number of issues, most of their activity would be more annoying and irritating and less harmful.

The Searchit App

The Searchit app is tricky software to remove. If the Searchit app doesn’t get removed properly, it may come back later.

Here, we will mainly focus on the Searchit Virus hijacker as this is one of the most commonly encountered representatives of this software class as of late. We assume that the majority of you are actually on this page exactly because of this piece of unwanted software. It is understandable if you have Searchit Virus on your machine and wish to get rid of it. After all, nobody likes having some obscure app on their machines that is making changes to the browser without even asking for a user permission. That is why, the guide you are about to read has been specifically written to help you uninstall Searchit Virus and remove all of the changes it’s made to the browser.

Searchit 1.0 on Mac

Searchit for Mac is software you shouldn’t keep in your device. The presence of Searchit on Mac can significantly obstruct your browsing activities.

Of course, the ads, the banners, the pop-ups and the page redirects brought to you by Searchit Virus are going to be annoying in almost all cases but some users might actually notice seemingly interesting offers among all the advertisements. Some of you might even get tempted to click on them if the offer seems really good. However, we strongly advise against that – not all web ads are what they may initially seem to be. Sometimes, what’s written on a web banner/ad might be totally different from the page you’d get redirected to if you click on it. Unfortunately, this might even mean that some online advertisements might actually be links to shady and unsafe sites and sites that are used for spreading different viruses, Ransomware, Worms and so on. Because of this, it’s better to avoid the ads altogether by removing the hijacker that’s causing them. Also, you need to make sure to be careful online and to only download programs from reputed developers and sources (and even then check the Advanced setup options to see if there are bundled components in the installer that you might not want on your PC).



Name Searchit
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Usual symptoms related to hijackers are excessive ads generation in your browser as well as some unwanted browser changes.
Distribution Method Hijackers usually get distributed with the help of low-quality software downloads, file bundles, deceitful online offers, random web ads, etc.
Detection Tool

Searchit Malware Uninstall


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 Searchit

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,


and then again on the Extensions tab,


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,

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


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

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

Searchit How to Remove Searchit Virus From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Searchit (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.


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

SearchitHow to Remove Searchit Virus From Chrome in OSX:

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


 Click Searchit 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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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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