This page aims to equip you with the ability to remove http://search.anysearchmanager.com Our anysearchmanager removal directions work for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and additionally every other browser of Mac OSX.
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What is “search.anysearchmanager.net”
“search.anysearchmanager.com” 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: http://search.anysearchmanager.com.
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 search.anysearchmanager.com.
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 search.anysearchmanager.com 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.
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.
In the following sections I will guide you through the steps of how to remove search.anysearchmanager.com.
Search.anysearchmanager.com manual removal for Mac
Step 1: remove anysearchmanager malware
Click the “Go” button on menu bar and select “Go to Folder…”
Input ~/Library/LaunchAgents on the popup dialog window and tab return, then a folder named “LaunchAgents” will open.
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.
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.
Choose System Preferences > Profiles. Delete the profile “set safari homepage…” using the – (minus) sign on the window.
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”.
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.
Step 3: Repair Chrome
Quit Google Chrome.
Click the “Go” button on the menu bar and then select “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.
Locate the com.google.Chrome.plist file in the preferences folder. Right-click on it and select “Move to Trash”.
Open Google Chrome and go to the “settings menu”.
Go to the “Appearance” section, and delete any unwanted URLs on your homepage settings.
Go to the “search engines” section, and delete any unwanted search engines. Then select Google as the default.
Open the extensions menu and remove any extensions that you don’t recognize or don’t want.
Remove search.anysearchmanager.com 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.
How to prevent infection from adware such as anysearchmanager
No matter how you remove search.anysearchmanager.com – 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 Download.com 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 https://virustotal.com (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.