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Searchmine

Searchmine is a rogue search engine affecting primarily the Safari browser by altering search results and redirecting users to Searchmine.net. Searchmine is a known browser hijacker affecting Mac users. You should get rid of Searchmine as quickly as possible.

Searchmine

The Searchmine search engine.

How to remove Searchmine from Mac?

If you are looking for a quick way to remove Searchmine from Mac you may try the following:

  1. Locate the Finder icon in your macOS and press on it.
  2. In the next window select “Applications”.
  3. In the next folder, look for Searchmine, MPlayerX, NicePlayer, or any other unfamiliar applications.
  4. Remove Searchmine and all other suspicious apps by clicking on the Thrash icon next to their name.
how to remove searchmine

Remove Searchmine

If this method does not provide the result you’ve been looking for please continue reading. If it does work for you may still want to try and check your device for any additional issues.

How to Remove Searchmine from Chrome?

To remove Searchmine from Google Chrome you can try this shortcut:

1. Start Chrome and open the Chrome menu.
2. Click on “More Tools” from the drop-down menu and go to Extensions.
3. In extensions look for Searchmine and anything unfamiliar.
4. To remove Searchmine from chrome click the “Trash” button next to it.

Remove Searchmine from Chrome

Searchmine on Chrome.

SUMMARY:

Name Searchmine.net
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms you can expect from a hijacker are usually changes in your browser’s search engine tool or starting page address. 
Distribution Method The file-bundling method and spam message campaigns are what usually allow hijackers to get distributed.
Detection Tool

If you are among the millions of users annoyed by the various types of online advertisement that you are forced to encounter every time you go on the Internet, know that in many instances, the sites you are visiting may not be the actual reason behind the intrusiveness you are facing online. Sure, many sites support themselves via paid ads and that is how they earn money but it is not uncommon for the ads to come directly from the users’ browsers. Such is the case with the browser hijackers – small pieces of software that can get attached to popular browsing programs like Chrome, Safari or Firefox and could make changes in their settings so as to increase the number of ads displayed in them. In most cases, a hijacker would try to set a new starting page, initiate a page-redirecting service, modify the search engine or mess with the browser’s toolbar. It’s all done because of the ads.

A typical example of a potentially unwanted program is the Segurazo Antivirus.

If you have already tried to bring your old browser starting page, toolbar or search engine tool, you may have realized that the hijacker wouldn’t allow you to do that and would re-install its custom settings in the browser as soon as you close the browsing program and reopen it again. This is not surprising – in order to be able to actually return everything to its normal state, you will need to fully uninstall and eradicate everything in your computer that may be related to the browser hijacker. To help you do that, we have posted a How to get rid of Searchmine guide with instructions in it that will show you the exact steps that you will need to follow in order to remove Searchmine component that is messing with your browser.

Usually, a hijacker’s main goal would be to promote a certain page or site or the other products of a given software developer. Chainthorn.com, Bodlift.com, and Searchmine.net are examples of this – if your browser’s starting page has been changed to Searchmine.net “Virus” or if the search engine that is now your browser’s default one has the Searchmine.net logo on it, then you more than likely have a hijacker inside your browser – one that is trying to promote Searchmine “Virus”. This is nothing new, actually, such annoyances are very, very common and many users struggle with them on a daily basis. Many may actually not even mind the browser changes and the ads all that much as they’ve gotten used to them. However, it is important to understand that such behavior in your browser may not be totally safe for your system. If you are constantly getting spammed with ads and redirected to different pages, you may be at risk of getting linked to some shady site or webpage. This is how many users get infected by malware, Ransomware, Trojans and other malicious programs. That is why, even if the Searchmine Virus homepage or search engine that is currently in your browser does not seem to be such an issue, you should still make sure they get removed from the browser.

How to get rid of Searchmine

This is a quick way to get rid of Searchmine:

1. Open Chrome and click on Chrome’s main menu.
2. From the drop-down menu select “Settings”.
3. Go to the bottom of the page and open the “Advanced” menu.
4. Click on the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button and confirm your selection to get rid of Searchmine.

For a more detailed guide, follow the steps below!

How to Get rid of Searchmine

Searchmine’s End User License Agreement

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

Step1

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading ComboCleaner to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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!

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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 Searchmine 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 Searchmine 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.

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!


8 Comments

    • Did you get the full version of the app? If you did, and the unwanted app wasn’t removed, you should contact the support team, and request their help. They will assist you with the removal of the undesirable software.

  • Wiping the Mac is the best solution. Just carefully backup your files before doing so.

    If you need instructions, email me.

  • Do a search for “search” & “coupon” and delete programs & folders. The programs are not always in the “application” folder.

  • I’ve done all the above for my Macbook with no luck. When I go to “Manage Search Engines”, and select Searchmine to remove it as default browser, it does not give me the option to Edit or Remove From List. Any suggestions here on how to get around it? Thanks!

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