Total Search Mac

Total Search

Total Search is a browser-redirect app that gets installed via file bundles and aims to automatically open different pages in the browser. Total Search makes certain changes in the browser that allow it to take control over it and to redirect your browsing without your consent.

Total Search Mac

Total Search on Mac

The purpose of these redirects is to boost the view count of the sites promoted by the hijacker. At first glance, this activity may not seem like a huge problem for the users who have this app installed on their Macs. However, if the hijacker gets attached to your Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browser, you’ll quickly realize just how frustrating it can be to browse the Internet while this app is constantly trying to get you to visit the sites that sponsor it. In order to further facilitate its promoting activities, the hijacker will also introduce a new homepage and search engine addresses to the browser where it is installed. These new elements will allow it to be more effective at redirecting your online traffic and send your browser to the sites it is programmed to advertise. Needless to say, the longer this app is allowed to reside in your browser, the more irritating and difficult surfing the Internet would become. However, there’s no need to worry because there is an effective way of uninstalling this software and we will explain it to you in our removal guide on this page.

Total Search for Mac

Total Search for Mac is browser-hijacking software compatible with Mac browsers that hijacks the browser and modifies it without approval from the user. Total Search for Mac then goes on to task the affected browser with the automatic generation of ads and page redirects.

As we mentioned earlier, the main goal of this software is to gain more views and visits to certain sites, the owners of which have paid for this type of promotion of their sites. While this may not sound malicious, it is certainly undesirable to have an app in your computer that is basically using your screen as advertising space for some site you aren’t interested in visiting. Furthermore, you cannot know how or if the sites that are promoted in your browser are safe. What if some of them spread malware such as Trojans, viruses, and Ransomware? You certainly wouldn’t want to get redirected to such sites, which is yet another reason why removing the hijacker is the best option you have.

What is Total Search?

Total Search is a form of unwanted site-promoting software that tries to use the browsers of Mac users as tools for advertising certain websites. Total Search doesn’t improve the user’s online experience in any significant way and is mostly a waste of space and system resources.

What’s even worse about this app is you cannot trust its advertising materials as some of them could be linked to unreliable sites. This, in turn, makes it more likely to encounter viruses like Ransomware and Trojans if you have a hijacker in your browser.

The TotalSearch app

The TotalSearch app is a Mac app categorized as a browser hijacker because of its ability to take over the main browser of Mac computers. The TotalSearch app introduces modifications to the browser that the user hasn’t approved and then begins to spam them with page redirects.

Even if the goal of this app is technically not malicious, the fact that its actions may compromise your system’s security should be enough for you to decide to have the hijacker removed. If you need any help with the removal, look no further than the removal instructions compiled in the following guide.


Name Total Search
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changes in the starting page address, the toolbar, and/or the default search engine of the browser are clear indications that there is a hijacker in the browser.
Distribution Method These apps are typically added as bonus installs inside the setup wizards of other programs that users are more likely to willingly install.
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Remove Total Search Virus from Mac

For a quick way to remove Total Search 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 Total Search.
  5. Remove Total Search 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 Total Search!

Total Search 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.

Total Search Mac


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

Total Search Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Total Search 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.

Total Search 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,

Total Search Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Total Search 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.
Total Search 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,
Total Search 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

Total Search Mac

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

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

Total Search Mac How to Remove Total Search From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Total Search Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Total Search Mac

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

Total Search MacHow to Remove Total Search From Chrome in OSX:

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

Total Search Mac

 Click Total Search 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


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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