This page aims to equip you with the ability to remove Our anysearchmanager removal directions work for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and additionally every other browser of Mac OSX.

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What is “”

“” is a new variant of the well-known adware Genieo. You will know that your machine is infected with this adware when – on using either Safari or Chrome – your browser window automatically opens at:

This adware typically doesn’t adversely affect Internet surfing, however, it can change your homepage and change your default search engine to Yahoo. These variants will also install files in a user’s LaunchAgents folder (LaunchAgents are used to keep invisible processes running in the background at all times – even after restarting – or to run processes invisibly on a periodic basis). The background process will monitor the browser’s preferences and even if you change the homepage or search engine to what you want them to be, it can change them automatically back to

We also discovered that it silently installs scam adware such as “Advanced Mac Cleaner” and “MacKeeper” without your permission. This adware makes your machine run slower and annoys you with those pop-ups that ask you to purchase their app. Infuriating!


How infected your Mac

We found that most victims install this malicious adware by innocently clicking on fake Adobe Flash Player notifications. When visiting small or illegal websites it can pop-up as a new tab (See below) and thus trick you into downloading the “latest” Flash Player.


The resulting download, however, is a disk image file called Player.dmg, named for a different (and illegitimate) flash player.


On checking the package you will also find that it is not officially signed by Adobe, but is instead signed by a personal account that has no interest in you, your data or your machine’s security and safety.

searchpulse codesign

Upon running the app it will reassuringly claim to be installing the latest Flash Player but is in actual fact installing adware on your Mac.

As of yet only a few antivirus products can detect this adware.

searchpulse virustotal


In the following sections I will guide you through the steps of how to remove manual removal for Mac

Step 1: remove anysearchmanager malware

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

Finder go-to-folder


Input ~/Library/LaunchAgents on the popup dialog window and tab return, then a folder named “LaunchAgents” will open.

launchagent at home folder


Search for and find the file list as shown below in the LaunchAgents folder, right click on it and select “Move to trash”.

com.Safe Search Helper.plist
com.Search Web Support.plist
com.Search Web Assist.plist

It is possible that you will find no malicious files in the LaunchAgents folder. When this happens the adware has probably changed its naming rule. In order to get round this problem you can download Komros Anti Malware – a tool designed to automatically remove malware.

searchpaged plist

 Lastly, empty your trash bin and reboot.


Step 2: Repair Safari

If your Safari homepage is locked then you have to remove the malicious profile by first unlocking the 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


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

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

safari preferences general


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


Choose Safari > Preferences, then click “Extensions”. Uninstall all the extensions you don’t recognize or don’t want to use.

AnySearch safari extension


Step 3: Repair Chrome

Quit Google Chrome.

quit chrome


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


Input /Library/Managed Preferences on the pop-up dialog window and press return, then a folder named “Managed Preferences” will open. Remove all sub-folders in the “Managed Preferences folder”.



Click the “Go” button on the menu bar again and select “Go to Folder…”, Input ~/Library/Preferences/ in the pop-up dialog window and press return, then a folder named “Preferences” will open.

user preferences


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

chrome preferences plist


Open Google Chrome and go to the “settings menu”.

chrome settings

Go to the “Appearance” section, and delete any unwanted URLs on your homepage settings.

restore chrome home page

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

restore chrome search engine

Open the extensions menu and remove any extensions that you don’t recognize or don’t want.

chrome extensions menu

chrome extensions-


Remove with Komros Anti Malware

As mentioned earlier Genieo adware can use random characters, which makes it extremely difficult to locate, but by using effective apps and tools like Komros Anti Malware your system will be safe from infection. As more and more malware/adware is designed to attack Mac OS, it is increasingly important to install security software to protect your system, your files, your work and privacy.

Komros Anti Malware is a powerful tool designed to remove adware and browser hijackers from OS X. 

Komros is available for download from the Mac App Store. 

Mac App Store


How to prevent infection from adware such as anysearchmanager

No matter how you remove – either manually or by using Komros Anti-Malware – your machine is now cleaner, safer and secure. But how do you prevent other adware – such as anysearchmanager – from infecting your system again? Here are some useful tips:

  • NEVER click any Flash Player update notifications or system health check notifications on any web page.
  • Simply exercise care with what you download online.

Only download apps from the official site or Mac app store. Never download from other sites, especially “download aggregation” sites like and Softonic (which are both known to inject their own adware in many of their downloads). If you are not sure if the downloaded installer is safe, you can upload it to (this site is owned by Google and support 50+ antivirus product to check the file online) to check it.

  • Install Komros Anti Malware

Komros Anti Malware already has a real-time scan function. Even if you download and install an infected package, Komros Anti Malware will detect the malware installation progress and automatically remove it.


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8 thoughts on “Remove virus from Mac OS”

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Your instructions were clear and concise – and best of all – worked. (The first fix I tried didn’t work.)

  2. This worked! Thank you for walking me through this. I have my search page back to my favorites instead of the stupid search page! So appreciate you.

  3. Thank you so much. For the better part of the day I’ve tried other websites whose sole purpose it seems was to con me into downloading yet another so-called antivirus/adware/malware. None of them were from the Mac App Store nor were they inexspensive. First class, no gimmicks, kudos.

  4. i cant work it on safari but i did get it to change the web page on google chrome! at least i have one normal search engine

  5. I fell victim to this damn thing, responding to some website that I trusted that wanted me to install the Flash Player, just as this article explains. In my attempt to dump this malware I installed Bit Defender. It failed to find it, so is pretty useless. I then installed the evil Combo Cleaner. I thought it was free. Sure, it is FREE to download and install. But if it finds issues — and it claims it found 18 threats — you can only see the results of the scan if you PAY. It is subscription software that requires a payment of $44.95 semi-annually. NO WAY! I am NOT willing to pay $89.90 PER YEAR. I strongly suggest that someone commence a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against the publisher of this damn Anysearch malware AND ANY WEBSITE PUBLISHER who includes a link to this crap.

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