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How to Uninstall Technet Search Mac “Virus” (April 2019 Update)

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Technet Search

Technet Search “Virus” is a new page-redirecting app which can easily take over the main browser in your system and force it to display various ads, pop-ups, colorful banners and open new tabs and page-redirect you during your web browsing sessions. The invasive app in question is a new software piece of the browser hijacker category and can integrate with popular browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Opera in order to make changes to their settings and to initiate automatic page-redirects to the sites of its partners. If you have Technet Search on your system, you may notice that the search engine or the homepage of your default browser may have been replaced with some unfamiliar ones and that some new toolbars and buttons might have been added to the browser without your approval. In addition to that, you may notice that every time you search for something, dozens of ads tend to pop-up on your screen, prompting you to click on their offers and promotions. All in all, this browser hijacker has the ability to take control over your online activities and disturb your browsing experience in a very unpleasant way.

Fortunately, Technet Search “Virus” isn’t some highly risky piece of malware (like a Trojan or a Ransomware) and it’s also not some nasty virus which can corrupt your PC or initiate some criminal activities. Usually, everything that a browser hijacker does is entirely advertising-related and is not intended to cause you harm. Yet, you may want to remove such apps from your system and uninstall the imposed changes if you want to browse the web in peace again.

In order to effectively deal with Technet Search, however, you may need to go through some specific removal steps. The representatives of the browser hijacker category typically cannot be uninstalled in the way that most normal programs can and, therefore, we have prepared a special removal guide with exact instructions for removing an app like this one.

Technet Search “Virus” is mainly distributed along with freeware programs by third-party developers. Apart from this, such software can also find its way into your computer with the help of spam email attachments, free downloads, torrents, automatic software updates, shareware and many others. Most often, you may find the browser hijacker bundled with some free app. In order to see if anything has been bundled with a given installer, however, you may need to carefully read the EULA and the options under the advanced/custom setup menu because such apps are typically promoted as “bonus” or “recommended” installs added to the main program. And if you don’t disable them manually, they may become part of your system by default along with the program that you install.

Once installed in the system, the browser hijacker may become a source of hundreds of potentially unwanted commercials as well as make changes to the main browser and cause obstructive redirects. In addition, such software may cause your system to be sluggish and trigger browser unresponsiveness and screen freezing because it can consume a fair share of the RAM and CPU resources for its ad-generating and page-redirecting activities. Generally, a piece of software like Technet Search may redirect the users to random web addresses in order to draw traffic for the sites of its partners. However, at the same time, it may increase the risk of landing on something malicious such as a hidden Trojan Horse or a Ransomware transmitter. Therefore, we usually recommend that our readers remove such software from their computers in order to avoid any unpleasant encounters with potential security hazards.


Name Technet Search
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Automatic page-redirects and excessive ads generation are common symptoms.
Distribution Method Some of the typical distribution methods include software bundling, free automatic installers and upates, shareware, torrents.
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How to Uninstall Technet Search Mac “Virus”


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.



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:


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 Technet Search 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 Technet Search 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!

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