Searchsnow Mac


Searchsnow is an application that changes the settings of popular web browsers with the intention to direct their traffic towards promotional web pages. Searchsnow is also known for displaying page-redirect banners and pop-up notifications on the browser’s screen and changing the default search engine and homepage.

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The Searchsnow virus on Mac/Safari

Programs such as Searchsnow, Search Marquis and Search Baron are usually classified as browser hijackers because they can change key settings of browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other web browsers that users commonly use. These programs are generally not intended to perform malicious actions on your computer or destroy it but you still should not keep browser hijackers on your Mac machine because their presence may lead to some web browsing problems or a possible encounter with real safety threats such as ransomware crypto-viruses, Trojans, etc.

Searchsnow on Mac/Safari

Searchsnow on Mac/Safari is a potentially unwanted ad-promoting app that is classified as a browser hijacker. Searchsnow on Mac/Safari is known for showing sponsored pop-up and banner advertisements on the user’s screen and is usually uninstalled because of its unwanted redirects to random web locations.

The unauthorized changes to the browser’s search engine and/or the main homepage address may be some of the first things that might cause concern. Another activity that might look dubious and distressing is the continuous display of various pop-up messages, banner notifications, text links and web ads during your web browsing sessions. A single click on any of the links and on-screen ads shown by the browser hijacker can normally redirect you to different sites or open a new tab without your permission. Therefore, the first thing that users who detect a program like Searchsnow in their Mac Browser normally want to know is how to remove it and uninstall its changes.

The Searchsnow Virus

The Searchsnow virus is a program that can display offensive online publications and banners during web browsing sessions. The Searchsnow virus may also prompt users to click on unsafe web links and pop-up messages, thereby affecting their Mac’s security.

Most applications in the browser hijacker group are expected to produce income for their developers from the number of ad-clicks and page visits that they get from users. This is why programs like Searchsnow are usually configured to customize their ads to the preferences and the online behavior of the users. It is believed that in this way people are more likely to engage with the advertised content and, respectively, click on it.

For this reason, apps like this one may often attempt to monitor the browsing history and other web browsing activity of users and use the collected information to generate personalized advertisements. The problem is that people whose web browsing operations have been tracked generally don’t have the opportunity to limit or stop the browser hijacker from tracking their activity. This could be a good reason to uninstall this software in general.

What is Searchsnow?

Searchsnow is page-promoting software that can use your Mac’s RAM and CPU resources for aggressive online advertising campaigns. Searchsnow is not supposed to harm the system but may have an effect on its overall performance and speed.

The possibility of an accidental redirect to unsafe web addresses that may contain viruses, spyware, ransomware, Trojans and other dangerous or unwanted programs is one of security experts’ main concerns in regards to applications such as Searchsnow.

The most successful way to avoid the automatic redirects and anything related to Searchsnow is to simply remove this program from your computer. A professional removal tool can be invaluable when it comes to this task and can save you a lot of time. However, our step-by-step manual removal guide that you can find below can also help.  


Name Searchsnow
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Most commonly the symptoms include random ads all over the screen and auto-redirects to unknown pages.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers are commonly bundled with different free software and distributed as bonus components to the main installs.
Detection Tool

How To Remove Searchsnow Virus from Mac

For a quick way to remove Searchsnow try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Searchsnow.
  5. Remove Searchsnow from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.

If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Searchsnow!

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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.

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Searchsnow Mac

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:

Searchsnow Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

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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.

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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,

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and then again on the Extensions tab,

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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.
Searchsnow Mac

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,
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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

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Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
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Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Searchsnow Mac How to Remove Searchsnow From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefox, click on Searchsnow Mac (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.

Searchsnow Mac

The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

Searchsnow MacHow to Remove Searchsnow From Chrome in OSX:

Start Chrome, click Searchsnow Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select Searchsnow Mac.

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Click Searchsnow Mac 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!


About the author


Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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