Adware/Malware on Mac OS will always hijack your browsers. They change the homepage, search engine and install unwanted extensions in your browsers. Even if you have already removed the adware/malware executable files from the Mac, you still need to restore browsers to remove all settings changed by these adware/malware.

safe finder search page


Restore Safari

1. Remove malicious profile

If safari homepage is locked, you have to remove malicious profile at first to unlock safari setting.

safari homepage locked

Choose System Preferences > Profiles. Delete the profile “set safari homepage…” using the – (minus) sign on the window.

system preferences menu


system preferences


searchpage profile


2. Change homepage

Choose Safari > Preferences, then click General.

* Set your homepage: Enter a web page address in the Homepage field, or click Set to Current Page to use the web page you are currently viewing.

* Open new windows with your homepage: Click the “New windows open with” pop-up menu, then choose Homepage.

* Open new tabs with your homepage: Click the “New tabs open with” pop-up menu, then choose Homepage.

safari preferences general


3. Change Search Engine

Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Search. Click the “Search engine” pop-up menu, then choose the search engine.


4. Remove unwanted extensions

Choose Safari > Preferences, then click Extensions. Uninstall all extensions you don’t know or don’t want.

AnySearch safari extension


Restore Chrome

1.  Remove Google Chrome preference files

  • Quit Google Chrome

quit chrome


  • Click “Go” button on the menu bar and select “Go to Folder…”Finder go-to-folder


  • Input /Library/Managed Preferences on popup dialog window and Press return, then a folder named “Managed Preferences” will open.



  • Remove all sub-folders on “Managed Preferences folder.


  • Click “Go” button on menu bar again and select “Go to Folder…”


  • Input ~/Library/Preferences/ on popup dialog window and Press return, then a folder named “Preferences” will open.

user preferences


  • Locate file in the preferences folder. Right-click on it and select Move to Trash.

chrome preferences plist


2. Change home page

  • Open Google Chrome and go to settings menu.

chrome settings

  • Go to “Appearance” section, and delete unwanted URL on home page setting.

restore chrome home page

3. Change search engine

Go to “search engines” section, and delete unwanted search engines. Then select Google as default.

restore chrome search engine

4. Remove unwanted extensions

Open extensions menu and remove all extensions you don’t know or don’t want.

chrome extensions menu

chrome extensions-


Restore browser automatically with Adware Removal Pro

Adware Removal Pro is a powerful tool which is designed to remove adware and browser hijackers from Apple Mac OS X. You will start with a free trial lasting for 30 days.

1. You can download Adware Removal Pro from the below link:   

▼ Download Adware Removal


2. Once you have downloaded Adware Removal Pro, please open it and click clean button


▼ Download Adware Removal


How to restore browser on Mac OS
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4 thoughts on “How to restore browser on Mac OS”

  1. I went through a ton of articles to finally find one that works, also downloaded a bunch of other useless malware removal apps that didn’t work… thank you so much! Really appreciate it!!!

  2. Thank you! :’)
    i was so frustrated on how to get rid of this “searchpage” thing.. tried to google some ways but they didnt work.
    Thank you so much for helping me restoring my Mac, otherwise i would’ve been in deep stress haha :’D

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