How to Remove Searchinet.net Redirect Virus

George Herman
George Herman
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What Is Searchinet.net Virus?

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Searchinet.net is categorized as a browser hijacker that affects both Mac and Windows OS. This is a website that can redirect the web browser to other sites through its search engine. In this case it redirects to bogus search engines and is websites that has been known as a potential malicious program installation vector. This hijacker will change the homepage of your internet browser, new tabs, and even default search engine without your permission. If you have noticed that searches from the address bar are being redirected. This is more than likely that you have this infection.

How Is Searchinet.net Virus Distributed?

This hijacker will change the homepage of your internet browser, new tabs, and even default search engine without your permission. The homepage of the browser will be set to searchinet.net, which is a fraudulent search engine that may display sites that you didn’t intend to visit while searching the internet. If you are browsing the internet and notice other strange changes then it is likely that you have this infection installed on your computer or device. You may notice that your default search engine has been changed to searchinet.net, and when you perform a new search it will be redirected to suspicious websites that are similar to the results returned by Google.

How harmful is Searchinet.net hijacker? 

Searchinet.net is a browser hijacker that will change your homepage, new tabs and default search engine without your permission and redirects your searches through another website. It has been known to install potential malware on the computer system including cryptocurrency miners, unwanted programs, and other malicious files that are unrelated to Searchinet.net search engine. This can be a potential security threat for anyone who is online at the time it is being installed and browsing the internet on infected systems.

How did I get infected?

Searchinet.net is a nasty piece of MAC browser hijacker. The Searchinet.net hijacker may be used as a means to install other malware programs such as adware or spyware on your computer system that could cause more harm to you and those around you. This virus also reveals your sensitive personal information to third party hackers and cyber criminals.

How can I Remove Searchinet.net virus ?

Step 1: Uninstall Searchinet.net and remove related files and objects

  • Open your Finder –> Click on GO –>Click on Utilities

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  • Find Activity Monitor and open it

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  • Review all the processes in Activity Monitor and write down the ones related to Searchinet.net virus

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  • Select Quit

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  • To kill the malicious process, choose the Force Quit option.

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Step 2: Remove Searchinet.net – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

The first thing you need to do is to make sure Safari is not running. If you have troubles closing it, you may need to Force Quit Safari - (Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Application --> Utilities --> Activity monitor. Locate the Safari process and force quit it.

Safely launch Safari again by holding the Shift key and clicking on the Safari application icon - This will prevent Safari’s previously opened malicious web pages.

In case that you still are having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages, please do the following:

  • Force Quit Safari again.
  • Disconnect form Internet and try again.

Then Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button to prevent pop-ups. Then, click on Preferences.

  • Carefully take a look at your default home page and change it if the hijacker altered it.

  • Then go to the Extensions tab and make sure there are no unknow extensions installed.

  • Next step is to click on Privacy tab

  • Manage website data

  • Here you can remove any unwanted website data or just remove them all. Please, 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.
  • The next step is to Clear History (if you want), select the tab.

  • Click the menu next to clear and choose a time period — if you want to completely reset Safari, choose all history.
  • Press Clear History
  • To remove from Chrome, open the browser and click the icon with the three dots located in the top-right.
  • Select to More Tools --> Extensions and review what Chrome Extensions are present in the browser
  • Remove the ones that you do not recognize.

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  • If the parasite continues to disrupt your browsing with Chrome, this is what else you can do:
    1. Click again the menu of Google Chrome, and open Settings.
    2. Select the Search Engine from the left panel, review the available search engines and change the default to your preference.default search engine
    3. Then, click on Manage Search Engines, review the list of search engine availabilities and if any of the listed items looks suspicious, click the three-dots next to them, and delete.suspicious search engine
    4. Click on Privacy and Security in the left panel, select the Clear browsing data option, check every box except the Passwords one, and click Clear Data.clear browsing data
    5. Next step is to clear Notifications, select the Site settings option in the Privacy and Security section, then locate Notifications.clear notifications
    6. Review the listed websites in the Allow to send notifications section and if any of the entries shown there seem dubious or related to the browser hijacker, select the three dots next to the object and click on Remove.
  • Start Mozilla Firefox
  • On the top right click the three dashes

  • go to add-ons and themes
  • The add-ons manager will open
  • Carefully review review four Firefox Extensions
  • If any unwanted extension is present, click on the three horizontal dots and then Remove

  • After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red dot in the top left and start it again.
To make sure Searchinet.net is removed from the browser  we recommend to scan with a reputable antimalware program like SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3: Scan for and remove Searchinet.net files from your Mac

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Once you download and install SpyHunter for Mac run a scan.

Once the scan is complete, your mac will be virus free.

Searchinet.net malware Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What program is responsible for this hijacker?

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  • How do I get rid of Searchinet.net?

Searchinet.net is a Browser hijacker – malicious software that can be installed by third-party applications or websites. They usually change the settings of web browsers and search engines to display certain ads, pop-ups, banners, etc.

  • What are the symptoms of Searchinet.net infection in your Mac?

Searchinet.net becomes your web browser’s built-in search engine.

Your browser’ s search queries are redirected through Searchinet.net.com

The “Searchinet.net” browser extension or some shady software is installed on your Mac.

  • How do I remove Searchinet.net from my browser?

In Internet Explorer, click the gear icon on the top left and select Manage add-ons. Under Add-on Types, select Search Providers. Select your search engine from the list of providers and click Remove to remove it. In Google Chrome, go to Settings (at the top right) and choose Search in the On Startup drop down menu.

  • How do I uninstall Searchinet.net?
If you made a mistake when installing an app on your mac, the easiest way to uninstall it is by right clicking on its icon in your dock, then going to ‘move to trash’. Once it’s gone, restart your mac. If that didn’t work for you, try rebooting and looking for an icon opening up. Once you’ve found that, go to utilities/get info, then go to the ‘Applications’ tab and look for the app. Right-click it and select ‘Get Info’ and then look for the option to ‘Uninstall this Version’. If that doesn’t work, restart your mac again. If you don’t have any luck you can always use the SpyHunter free uninstall.

How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?

You might be wondering how to make your Mac run faster? It is a common misconception that the more processing power you have, the faster your computer will run. In reality, it’s actually about what’s going on in your processor and memory. For the average person using a computer for just general applications like word processing and web browsing, you don’t need much in the way of computing power.

– Use an SSD drive instead of a hard disk drive.

– Double your RAM if possible.

– Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP). (Attention! – do this only if you know the consequences.)

References:

  1. More about pop-up advertisements on Wikipedia.
  2. MacOS malware
  3. SpyHunter Anti-Malware overview and also the reasons why we recommend it for malware elimination.

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