Search Page “Virus” (Mac Removal) Sept.2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Search Page “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome,Firefox as well as every version of Mac.

Search Page “Virus” is an annoying computer program of the browser hijacking type that may change the settings of your Safari, Chrome, Firefox or any other browser, make a certain sponsored webpage the default homepage, and set a new search engine as the default one. This program is not malicious and does not aim to harm your PC, however, it has recently been reported as a source of intrusive and potentially unwanted ads, pop-ups, banners and sudden page redirects and a lot of people have asked us how to remove it. For this reason, on this page our “How to remove” team has decided to publish a step-by-step removal guide with all the necessary instructions, which will help any user successfully uninstall the browser hijacker and get their browser settings back to normal.

“Search Page” Browser Redirect

Do not trust the search results provided by Search Page “Virus” – they may redirect you to suspicious web pages!

The first thing that may really irritate you if Search Page “Virus” is present on your system is the fact that all search phrases that you may try to enter into the new search engine of your browser will most probably immediately be forwarded to some different web locations than the ones you want. Such imposed modifications in your normal browsing are not only potentially unwanted but they may often be considered risky. For instance, the new search engine may be quite unreliable, and since you are on this page, we are sure that you have already seen how many ads, banners, pop-ups and commercial sites it serves. In most of the cases, you may automatically get redirected to certain search results even before you have completed your search query. What is more, you cannot know what links these search results are hiding behind. In the worst case, you may find yourself on a malicious or simply fraudulent website where different threats such as Trojans, Ransomware, and other viruses may be lurking.

This is the main reason why we generally do not recommend using Search Page “Virus” and its imposed tools and advise our readers to uninstall it. What is more, this software is used to generate traffic to predefined web pages instead of delivering results that are user-friendly, which may basically make keep this software on your system completely useless.

Another reason to get rid of this browser hijacker is the fact that it gathers information about users’ online activities, including search queries, impressions, and clicks, as well as IP addresses. What is dubious in this activity is the fact that the creators of the hijacker may not only gain an idea about your online habits but may also share this information with third parties (usually online advertisers and marketers). From then on, your browsing information becomes subject to the privacy policies of those third parties, which you may not have a clue about. In the worst case scenario, if Search Page “Virus” gets compromised, your information may easily fall into the hands of someone who wants to use it for bad purposes and you cannot prevent him from doing so. That’s why we do not think you should keep the browser hijacker in your system, and we would recommend you use the instructions in the removal guide below to remove it. 

Search Page “Virus” Removal

Step1

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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

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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 Search Page “Virus” 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 Search Page “Virus” 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 useAfter 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!

How to easily protect your computer from potentially unwanted programs like Search Page “Virus”?

Compared to protecting your system from viruses, Ransomware, and Trojans, it is fairly easy to protect your PC from potentially unwanted programs like this. Yet, a lot of computer users do not know how to avoid them. The majority of users, who are attacked by browser-hijackers, ignore the installation settings of the software they install. The truth is that almost every program nowadays offers the installation of at least one or several free programs or components along with it in order to earn payments for sponsored software installation or Pay-Per-Click ads. That’s why, if you do not want to install suspicious add-ons such as Search Page “Virus”, you should manually check and customize the installation settings of every software you install. You need to switch from Default/Standard to User/Advanced settings and then uncheck all programs that seem bundled as additional installs and do not look like something you want to have on your PC.

Removing Search Page “Virus” from all your browsers

If you do not like annoying redirects and if you hate being exposed to hundreds of irritating ads, then the best way to remove them is to uninstall Search Page “Virus”. This will help protect your browsing sessions from interruptions and potentially unwanted commercials. Moreover, you will no longer be tracked by this application. Fortunately eliminating the hijacker does not take long, because our specialists have prepared detailed instructions for detecting and deleting it. If you are not really confident in manually removing browser hijackers, you can simply use the professional removal tool or a similar program to erase the potentially unwanted software and all of its traces for you.

SUMMARY:

Name Search Page
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Unstoppable flow of ads, modifications in the browser’s homepage or search engine, frequent page redirects. 
Distribution Method This software is mostly distributed via program bundles, however, it could be found also in free download links, ads, torrents, shareware and freeware sites, email messages and spam.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.