What is Search.spidersearchshop.com
The appearance of the Search.spidersearchshop.com website is a very bad sign. A sign that your Mac has been infiltrated by a nasty browser hijacker. This type of malicious software is capable of installing dubious add-ons, toolbars and other extensions on your browser without your authorization. It creates customized ads and pop-ups to attract you and make you click on them. For each click you make, the parasite’s creators will get paid. But that’s not all. The presence of this hijacker means that your online privacy will now be non-existent. It can easily obtain information like passwords, credit card numbers, login credentials, etc. and sell them to third-parties. And, to top all that, due to its malicious actions on your browser, it will cause frequent crashes and lagging, making you unable to have a normal browsing experience, let alone get work done online.
How it is distributed
Browser hijackers are mostly distributed through spam email messages and attachments, torrent files, software bundles, fake updates, as well as infected ads and pop-ups. In most cases, users are unaware that they are giving a dangerous parasite access to their devices. This often happens when they get their software updates by clicking on unreliable fake update pop-ups that lead to shady pages. Another thing that users are known to do, is to install software carelessly. Always make sure that there is no hidden additional software that can automatically get installed without your knowledge. More often than not, that’s how parasites like browser hijackers manage to slip by unnoticed. Another way to get your Mac infected with the Search.spidersearchshop.com hijacker is by opening email attachments sent from unknown and shady senders. Always make sure that the email you are opening is sent from trustworthy source. Don’t open email attachments unless you are 100% sure that the files in question are safe and sent from people you know.
How it operates
Once you make the mistake of allowing the browser hijacker to invade your device, it will make sure to take control over every existing browser on your Mac. It won’t limit itself with just one. Your default search engines will be replaced with the Search.spidersearchshop.com website, which will also be automatically made as your homepage. No matter how many times you try to undo these changes, the parasite will just revert them back to what it wants them to be. And if you think that’s all a browser hijacker is capable of, you are mistaken. It can easily track your browsing activity and collect your web history and searches, which will help it create targeted advertisements that you’ll be more likely to click on. This malicious software will try to lure you into clicking shady links and ads, which may lead to infected pages. Behind such sites may hide other viruses that wait for you to unknowingly grant them access to your device. That being said, do not underestimate the power of a browser hijacker. There are two things it wants – to steal your personal data and create revenue for every click you make on the ads it will produce. And while it does that, your Mac will suffer the consequences of your carelessness. You can forget about having a normal browser experience as long as the parasite is allowed to roam free.
Staying safe from Search.spidersearchshop.com
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.spidersearchshop.com Browser Hijacker from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Search.spidersearchshop.com 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 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.spidersearchshop.com. 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.spidersearchshop.com 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.