This page aims to help you remove Searchmine.net “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox as well as every version of MacOS.
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. Usually, a hijacker’s main goal would be to promote a certain page or site or the other products of a given software developer. Wasterestinfor.info, Bodlift.com and Searchmine.net are examples of this – if your browser’s starting page has been changed to Searchmine.net 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.net. 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.net homepage or search engine that is currently in your browser do not seem to be such an issue, you should still make sure they get removed from the browser.
But how to make the changes go away?
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 guide with instructions in it that will show you the exact steps that you will need to follow in order to remove the software component that is messing with your browser.
|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 allows hijackers to get distributed.|
Remove Searchmine.net “Virus”
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.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
How to Remove Searchmine.net From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Searchmine.net From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click 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!