SearchSystem Mac


SearchSystem is an irritating program of the browser hijacker class that shows aggressive advertisements on the users’ screen and fills it with pop-ups, new tabs, and banners. SearchSystem achieves so by changing the default configuration of the system’s main web browser and adding ad-generating elements to it.

SearchSystem Mac

The SearchSystem Mac App

The first thing that SearchSystem may do once it gets installed in your system is to deactivate the search engine of your default browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and place a new one or change the URL of your favorite homepage with another one. Panic is not going to help you deal with these changes, though, that’s why our recommendation is that you take a look at the information that follows and use the Removal Guide at the end of the page. If you are struggling to deal with SearchSystem, reading this article will definitely help you find a solution. Most of the people who do so typically have no difficulty detecting and uninstalling the annoying program and return their Mac browsers to their normal state. Nonetheless, note that usually it is not easy to remove this kind of programs so you will have to carefully follow the removal instructions or use professional software to remove all the improvements a piece like SearchSystem can introduce. 

SearchSystem for Mac

SearchSystem for Mac is an application that does not pose a direct danger to the system but is classified as potentially unwanted due to a number of reasons. The primary goal of SearchSystem for Mac is to display supported advertisements and page redirect prompts during browsing sessions.

This does not do any significant harm to your Mac computer. However, it may be really distracting. Besides, while a piece like SearchSystem is not created to damage the device it operates on, it may potentially expose it to malware such as Trojan horses, Ransomware, or other viruses. This may happen if you get to click on some fake or misleading web ads or get redirected to phishing pages that contain security threats.

What is SearchSystem?

SearchSystem is a browser hijacker that adjusts the settings of your Mac web browser so that it can display sponsored advertisements. Users who install SearchSystem on their system start to experience uncontrolled ad-generation and redirects to supported websites.

Though seeing web ads is something normal, it is safest to keep a careful watch on the websites that you access through a browser hijacker. The reason is, not everything that gets displayed on your screen should be trusted since a lot of online viruses and malicious programs (such as Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits, etc.) use fake web links or legitimate-looking web ads to infect web users.

The SearchSystem app

The SearchSystem app is a non-malicious program, which will automatically change the configuration of your Mac browser so you can view supported ads and search results during your web browsing sessions. The main issue with the SearchSystem app is that it can redirect to various web locations some of which may be irrelevant or potentially hazardous.

You can never really tell what is awaiting you behind the ads and the directories that SearchSystem promotes on your screen. That’s why the easiest way to avoid any potential danger is to stop the automated redirects by uninstalling the software that initiates them from your computer.


Name SearchSystem
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser Hijackers make changes to the settings of the main browser and redirect user searches to pre-defined websites.
Distribution Method Mostly distributed via free software packages, torrents, click-bait ads, spam and freeware.
Detection Tool

Remove SearchSystem

For a quick way to remove SearchSystem 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 SearchSystem.
  5. Remove SearchSystem 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 SearchSystem!

SearchSystem 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.

SearchSystem Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to SearchSystem 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:

SearchSystem Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

SearchSystem Mac

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.

    SearchSystem Mac

    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,

    SearchSystem Mac

    and then again on the Extensions tab,

    SearchSystem Mac

    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.
    SearchSystem 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,
    SearchSystem Mac

    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

    SearchSystem Mac

    Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
    SearchSystem Mac

    Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

    SearchSystem Mac How to Remove SearchSystem From Firefox in OSX:

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

    SearchSystem Mac

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

    SearchSystem MacHow to Remove SearchSystem From Chrome in OSX:

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

    SearchSystem Mac

    Click SearchSystem 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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