What is Search.globalsearch.pw
Malware researchers report that Search.globalsearch.pw is a website linked to browser hijacker activity on your Mac. If this page keeps appearing every time you open your browser, you’re in trouble! Not only will you frequently get redirected to it, but it will replace your homepage, new tab pages and even become your default search engine. What’s more, your browsing experience will get interrupted by intrusive advertisements that may have the following text on it – ‘Ads by Search.globalsearch.pw‘, ‘Powered by Search.globalsearch.pw‘ or similar. Hijackers are capable of taking full control over your web browser, making it unresponsive to your actions. Not to mention that your personal information can get compromised, if you do not act against this threat and remove it from your Mac as soon as you detect its presence. To learn how to remove the Search.globalsearch.pw hijacker, just follow the instructions at the end of this article.
How it is distributed
Browser hijacker are most commonly distributed via freeware, software bundles, torrent files, email attachments, infected ads and links, fake update messages, etc. Often, users unknowingly install such malicious software. This can happen when they try to install a program, which includes additional software as a bonus. But such content is often hidden and can only be seen if you pay close attention to all the steps of the installation process. Make sure to opt out of any optional installations included as ‘Additional‘. This way, unwanted software will not get automatically installed on your Mac.
How it operates
The Search.globalsearch.pw hijacker is known to monitor your online activity, so as to provide targeted advertisements that you’ll be most likely to click on. For this purpose, information like web history, search queries, most visited pages, and more, will be collected. The longer you allow this malicious software to remain on your Mac, the bigger the chance of it getting its hands on private data like passwords, IP addresses, bank account and credit card credentials, Login information, etc. And on top of that, your browser will get sluggish, your internet speed will become slow, and your overall web experience will become a nightmare. The only solution – the immediate removal of the Search.globalsearch.pw browser hijacker!
Staying safe from Search.globalsearch.pw browser hijacker
Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:
- Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
- Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
- Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
- It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
- No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
- Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
- Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.
How to manually remove Search.globalsearch.pw browser hijacker from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Search.globalsearch.pw browser hijacker, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.
3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.
4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.
5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Search.globalsearch.pw. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.
6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.
7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Search.globalsearch.pw from your Mac browsers.
For Mozilla Firefox extensions:
- Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
- Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.
For Google Chrome extensions:
- Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
- Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.
For Safari extensions:
- Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
- Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.