SearchUp Mac


SearchUp is a Mac browser hijacker app that starts a page-redirecting process in the main browser, aiming to popularize different sites. SearchUp can also look into the history of the browser and generate paid targeted ads (e.g. popups, banners, etc.) that earn money from each click.


The SearchUp malware on Mac

Intrusive page-redirecting and advertising browser apps like this one are common for both PC and Mac computers so even if you are using a Mac machine, this doesn’t mean you are immune to them.

SearchUp for Mac

SearchUp for Mac is a browser-hijacking extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and other browsers that is specifically programmed to enter Mac computers. SearchUp for Mac will change the search engine of the browser and begin to spam all of your searches with advertised sites.

This hijacker will also replace the address of your browser’s homepage and use it as yet another tool for popularizing a certain promoted website. The whole purpose of the existence of apps like this one is to make money through the implementation of the Pay-Per-View and the Pay-Per-Click online marketing models. Through these models, a given browser hijacker is able to generate income from each click any of its advertising banners and pop-ups get and from each visit made by users to the sites that this aggressive advertising software is tasked with promoting. And while none of this is directly targeted at harming your computer or compromising your online security, the uncontrolled nature of the advertising campaign conducted by SearchUp and the fact that you aren’t given any options to stop or at least limit it means that the chances of encountering different kinds of threats and malware (including Spyware, Ransomware, or Trojans) due to the endless barrage of ads and redirects caused by the hijacker would be dangerously high.

What is SearchUp?

SearchUp is an unwanted app for Mac systems that operates as a browser add-on that causes aggressive redirects and ad-generation in the browser. SearchUp should be uninstalled as soon as the user spots it because its activities may potentially put the computer in serious danger.

SearchUp Mac

The SearchUp scam product on Mac

Most users, of course, want to get this app removed from their Macs as soon as possible but they are not able to complete the uninstallation on their own. This is because, oftentimes, there isn’t a straightforward uninstallation procedure that they can follow to remove the hijacker. The good news is that there is still a way to remove unwanted apps like SearchUp, SystemExtrGsecurecontentSearch Marquis and we will explain to you the exact steps in the uninstallation guide that you will find further down this page.

The SearchUp app

The SearchUp app is a type of page-redirecting browser hijacker for Mac that infects the main browser and takes over its settings. The SearchUp app will not stop spamming you with its aggressive site-promotions and clickbait banners until you manage to permanently remove it.

If you make sure to follow the steps and instructions that you will find within the next lines, uninstalling this hijacker should not be difficult. Still, if you run into any trouble, don’t hesitate to request our assistance by leaving us a comment in the comment section at the bottom of this page. 


Name SearchUp
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms People with hijackers on their computers usually notice unpleasant and unauthorized changes in the starting page and/or the search engine of the browser.
Distribution Method A hijacker can be distributed with the help of the installer of another program by being bundled with it as an optional install.
Detection Tool

Remove SearchUp from Mac

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


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.



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:


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:

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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.


    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.

    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 SearchUp 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 SearchUp 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 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!


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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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