Tempo Search Mac Virus – How to Remove It?

George Herman
George Herman
IT Security Expert

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What Is Tempo Search Mac Virus?

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Tempo Search is a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program, which will display advertisements and change system settings without your permission or knowledge. Tempo Search is created by VISYMO. Often, when you alter your default search engine settings, your computer becomes more susceptible to attack by online criminals trying to exploit vulnerabilities in your Internet browser, possibly allowing them to gain access to the computer. There are many different variations of this particular browser hijacker, hence the name ‘tempo searchers’ which makes it hard to detect. They are however fairly similar in their actions, displaying an unwanted ad and often altering the system’s settings.

How Is Tempo Search Mac Virus Distributed?

Tempo Search is distributed by means of a bundled installation file, which appears to be a software belonging to the domain of an online retailer. Usually, users download and install software from its official site, without ever questioning the data they receive. The only indication that this particular item was sent as a fake is when it is refused upon installation by the firewall or antivirus programs. Therefore it is not possible to know exactly how the hijacker gets into your Mac.

How harmful is Tempo Search hijacker? 

The creator of the browser hijacker, VISYMO offers it as a free service to certain companies that are willing to display their ads. The program will alter your browser settings and change your homepage which could lead you to a fake site selling malicious software. These sites often contain multiple links, trying to convince users into purchasing their ‘solutions’. No matter what you click on, it will redirect you through third party affiliate marketing sites, with no intention of resolving the issue at hand.

How did I get infected?

Tempo Search, just like other browser hijackers, prevent users from tempering with their browsers. In addition, it modifies the default homepage and search engine of the browser. This browser hijacker is typically bundled with other free applications that you download off of the Internet. The installation files for many free download programs are not clear about the additional software that will be installed. This is probably how you got infected with Tempo Search Mac virus.

How can I Remove Tempo Search virus ?

Step 1: Uninstall Tempo Search 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 Tempo Search virus

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  • Select Quit

Tempo Search info

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

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Step 2: Remove Tempo Search – 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 Tempo Search is removed from the browser  we recommend to scan with a reputable antimalware program like SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3: Scan for and remove Tempo Search 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.

Tempo Search malware Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I get rid of Tempo Search?

Tempo Search 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 Tempo Search infection in your Mac?

Tempo Search becomes your web browser’s built-in search engine.

Your browser’ s search queries are redirected through Tempo Search.com

The “Tempo Search” browser extension or some shady software is installed on your Mac.

  • How do I remove Tempo Search 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 Tempo Search?
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.)


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