Getting a browser hijacker such as Searchitnow.info installed on your PC can be a really irritating experience since most apps like this one possess some highly irritating abilities. Most such software components are known for their tendency to spam ads inside the user’s browser or replace their homepage and default search engine with some other (and typically less functional) ones.
Searchitnow on Mac
Other typical traits of most browser hijackers the likes of Searchitnow is their ability to redirect the user to sponsored pages that the pesky app is trying to push and promote for additional financial gain. The browser’s toolbar might also get replaced and it’s even possible that the hijacker might attempt to trick the user into downloading some software they don’t really need on their PC.
It’s irrelevant what your browser is – Safari,Chrome,Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or any other. The majority of browser hijackers are programmed in such a way so that they could latch onto any browser and impose their changes on it without even asking for the user’s permission. Furthermore, it could be quite challenging to bring your browsing program back to its normal state as the hijacker is likely going to try to keep its changes for as long as possible. This means that you might try to bring back your previous homepage and search engine or remove the imposed toolbar only to find out that their replacement has occurred again once you start a new browsing session or reboot your PC. Normally, you won’t really be able to make things the way they were before until you ensure that the unwanted hijacker has been done away with. However, here’s where the next potential issue is. It’s somewhat trickier to uninstall a hijacker than it is to uninstall a regular program that is actually useful. Sometimes, there won’t be an uninstallation file and in other cases, you won’t find a Control Panel entry for Searchitnow.info inside the Uninstall a program list of apps. Oftentimes, you will have no idea where the directory for the hijacker’s file s (provided there is one). All of this could lead to a lot of frustration and confusion on the user’s side and could discourage the user from ever again trying to eliminate the unwanted app. However, we have some good news for you – it is actually not that difficult to locate and eliminate Searchitnow.info, you just need to know where to look for it. We have the whole removal process for this hijacker covered in our guide for uninstalling Searchitnow.info at the bottom of this article – if you’re currently experiencing any sort of browsing disturbances caused by this intrusive and invasive piece of software, you might want to take a look at the instructions we have provided our readers with below.
Is your computer threatened?
Obviously, nobody wants to have their browser modified and filled with ads by some obscure software piece but are any of the activities conducted by Searchitnow.info actually dangerous? Well, both yes and no. First, we need to point out that hijacker apps like this one are not virus programs, they are not Ransomware or Trojan Horses or any other similar kind of threats. There’s rarely any malicious code in most hijackers. However, you should be really careful with their ads and page redirects and any other online content they might try to spam your browser with. It’s best if you do not trust anything that a hijacker might try to promote on your screen. Sure, a lot of those offers would be real and legit but you don’t really have a reliable way of knowing if some of them aren’t. This means that you could easily land on some illegal and dangerous web location that is infested by Ransomware, Spyware or other noxious malware viruses if you interact with the wrong ad. Our advice for you – stay careful and get rid of the hijacker as quickly as possible.
If want to ensure no more unwanted apps land on your PC, be vigilant and cautious when installing new software on your machine. Always take a few extra moments to have a look at the EULA and to explore the Custom setup menu (if there is one). This will help you to find out if there are any added optional installs to the setup manager and leave them out the ones that look like they could be hijackers or some other kind of undesirable software. Also, and this should go without saying, be very considerate about the web locations you go to and about the online content you interact with – a general rule of thumb is to keep away from anything with questionable or unknown/unverified origin.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Usual symptoms include annoying browser changes, frequent page redirects and random ad pop-ups on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Most apps like this one get distributed through software bundles, spam messages, web ads, torrents and pirate downloads.|
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How to Remove Searchitnow from Mac
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:
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 Searchitnow.info 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 Searchitnow.info 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!