Searchpage.com “Virus” (Mac Removal) Oct. 2017 Update

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

Programs like Searchpage.com “Virus” can be very annoying and usually, due to their intrusive behavior, they are referred to as software that you may not want to keep on your PC. If you have recently detected Searchpage.com “Virus” in your system, this is probably because your browser has suddenly started to flood you with nagging popping messages, banners, ads and new tabs that you don’t know how to remove. The thing is that such software usually integrates with your Safari, Chrome, Firefox or any other browser and tends to modify your default homepage or search engine with the idea to redirect you to certain sponsored ads and web pages. Such activity is typical for a software category called Browser hijackers and, judging by its behavior, Searchpage.com “Virus” may also fall into this category. In this article, we are going to provide you with some more information about the most common behavioral traits of the hijackers, as well as the typical activities that Searchpage.com “Virus” may initiate on your system. If you are looking for a safe and reliable way to get rid of this program and remove its ads, at the end of the page you are going to find a free removal guide with instructions on how to uninstall it. Just stay with us until the end and let us know if you have any questions in the comment section below.

Searchpage.com Browser Redirect

Are browser hijackers dangerous for your PC?

To start with, you might be asking yourself if Searchpage.com “Virus” is a dangerous program and whether it can cause some issues to your system. Fortunately, we can calm you down by saying that Browser Hijackers typically are not some sort of malicious viruses and do not intend to harm your computer the way that a Trojan horse or Ransomware would do. Therefore, you should not get panicked if you have Searchpage.com “Virus” on your PC – this program will not pose a direct risk to your software or your files. The primary purpose of its ads generation, search redirects and search engine modifications is to land you on specific commercial messages and websites, which want to offer you their services and products. Such activity is generally seen as a form of online advertising, not as a malicious one. If a real virus infects you, on the other hand, it will most probably not spare your OS and will try to perform a number or harmful activities such as system malfunction, file destruction or the recently popular Ransomware encryption. Searchpage.com “Virus” is not capable of doing any such thing, and for this reason, most security experts consider it harmless. Still, as a typical browser hijacker, this program may cause some browsing disturbance and irritation, and for this reason, some users may want to uninstall it. Let us tell you more about the issues you may face with browser hijackers in the next paragraph.

Searchpage.com “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 Searchpage.com “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 Searchpage.com “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!

Security risks

Most of the programs that belong to the browser hijacker category are mainly used for aggressive online marketing and advertising. However, the intrusive advertising methods they employ in order to prompt the users to click on certain offers may sometimes be annoying and even risky. For instance, it may be very difficult to close most of the pop-ups that get displayed by the browser hijacker and the moment you try to click on the “x” button you may get redirected to some unfamiliar web pages that you didn’t want to visit. In most of the cases, such activity can cause serious irritation and browsing disturbance, not to mention the risk of landing on some compromised sites or clicking on an infected ad. Because of this risk and also because of their intrusiveness, pieces like Searchpage.com “Virus” are better to be removed rather than be kept in the system without giving any actual benefit or usefulness to the users.

How to keep browser hijackers away from your PC?

Protecting your PC from programs like Searchpage.com “Virus” is fairly easy, as long as you follow some basic safety rules. When it comes to browser hijackers, you should know that the developers of such ad-generating software often spread it in a bundle with some other attractive and mostly free applications. For this reason, you should be careful when installing software from some free download links, torrents, freeware or shareware sites, some attractive ads or spam messages because it is possible that the installer may contain some additionally bundled and potentially unwanted software. Always read the EULA before agreeing to the terms and conditions and customize the setup via the Advanced/ Custom options. If you notice some “optional” or “recommended” programs inside the installer make sure you disable them before you continue with the installation process of the main software in order to prevent them from becoming part of your system by default.

SUMMARY:

Name Searchpage.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Chanes in your browser’s homepage or search engine, sudden search redirects, generation of intrusive ads that are very hard to close. 
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, freeware platforms, shareware sites, ads, free download links, spam email messages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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