What is Search.Turdeland2.com
The Search.Turdeland2.com website is linked to a browser hijacker activity on your Mac. This page will redirect you to unreliable third-party sites, display intrusive pop-ups and ads, open unfamiliar pages new tabs, and modify your browsers however it likes. Hijackers can jeopardize your personal information and cause damage to all affected browsers.
How it is distributed
This malicious software is known to spread through installer setups, which are set to automatically install additional software. You may think you’re installing a useful program on your PC. But in reality, you’ll just get more junk installed. In order to prevent this from happening, always install software under the custom or advanced setting. This way, you’ll have full control over the process and will be able to see any bonus programs hidden in the installer. If you see such optional installations, make sure to uncheck the boxes next to them. If you don’t do that, they’ll get installed on your Mac by default. Other distribution methods used by Search.Turdeland2.com are infected ads and links, torrent files, fake update messages and email attachments.
How it operates
As soon as the Search.Turdeland2.com hijacker gets installed, it will change your browser settings, so it can work uninterrupted. Such malware is known to replace your preferred search engine and homepage. In this case, the page you’ll start seeing in their place is Search.Turdeland2.com. This pest might also install more junk as browser extensions, toolbars, add-ons, etc. Probably the most annoying thing about this type of malware is its mission to flood your screen with unreliable advertisements. They can be in different forms like pop-ups, banners, redirects, in-browser ads, etc. What they all have in common? They will be specifically created to attract your attention. From the moment this parasite gained access to your Mac, it has monitored your every step online. That’s how it was able to collect valuable data, on which it based the intrusive adverts. Every time you click on the sponsored content provided by the hijacker, it will generate revenue for its creators. But the thing is, some of these ads may lead you to dangerous third-party pages, seeking to harm your computer. And that’s not all. As time goes by, the quantity of the ads will just grow more and more, which will make it very difficult for your browser to keep up, eventually leading to its unresponsiveness.
Staying safe from Search.Turdeland2.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.Turdeland2.com from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Search.Turdeland2.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 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.Turdeland2.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.Turdeland2.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.