Remove (Mac Guide) Chrome/Safari/FF

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The hijackers (Search Mine, SelectMaker or Idle Buddy are annoying and invasive pieces of software that usually get installed in the main browser of the user without the user realizing it at first. Once in the browser, they begin to make changes to it in an attempt to promote something. Most browser hijackers are known for replacing the homepage of the browser. For example, if your homepage has recently been changed to, then you are definitely dealing with an intrusive hijacker that has nested itself inside your Chrome or Firefox browser and is now messing with its settings without your informed permission. In fact, in the recent years, even Mac’s Safari browser has started to get targeted by hijackers, meaning that even if you are using Safari, you may still get an unwanted app like this installed on it. Search engine replacements and sudden page-redirecting activities may also indicate the presence of an annoying hijacker in your system. And while in and of itself the hijacker that has added itself to your browser isn’t really a threatening software piece, the fact that it is carrying out tasks in your browser and the fact that it has made certain unwelcome changes to it are both things that may make your system less safe. For instance, the potential page-redirects may not always land you on the safest of sites. Also, sudden generation of misleading pop-up ads and clickbait messages may trick you into going to online addresses of questionable quality. In some more extreme cases, a hijacker, such as the one responsible for the change of your homepage to, may even show you false warnings about issues in your computer, while also telling you that the only way to fix the “problem” would be to download some other app that could supposedly deal with it. You may even need to pay for such apps – many of the more gullible users do indeed fall for this aggressive form of promotion. However, remember that this is most likely a ruse, a way to sell you something that you don’t really need – the only warnings you should trust are the ones coming from your own antivirus or anti-malware tool or ones that are generated by your OS. You should certainly not trust the warnings of a hijacker or the warnings coming from the page. And while the hijackers are generally non-malicious apps and they can’t mess with your data and computer like Trojan Horse infections, Worms, Viruses or Ransomware, they are still not desirable and must be uninstalled.

Remove the hijacker and make your computer safer

The way you can remove this invasive app and get rid of the page is described below. We strongly advise you to complete the guide as soon as you finish reading this article, because the longer the page and the hijacker behind it are in your computer, the greater the chances of encountering some nasty Ransomware, a Trojan or a Spyware infection get. Therefore, without further ado, let us show you how you can eliminate this pesky software component and restore your browser to its normal condition.


Type Browser Redirect
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your screen may get constantly spammed with various ads, pop-ups and banners. 
Distribution Method Software bundling and free automatic installers are the main distribution method of this program. 




Step 1: Closing Safari (or any other browser that you may be using at the moment)

First, you will need to close your browser if it is still open. If you can’t do that normally, you will need to Force Quit it:

Open the Apple Menu and select Force Quit to do that. You can also use the key + Option Key combination to open the Force Quit Applications dialog box. In this box, select the Safari browser (or whatever browser you are using) and then click on the Quit button. Confirm the action by selecting Force Quit again.

Step 2: Killing suspicious processes

Open Finder and go to Applications > Utilities and then open Activity Monitor. Now take a careful look at the processes there – look for any that seem suspicious, unknown and questionable. If you think that a given process may be the culprit behind the issue or may at least be related to it, highlight it with the mouse and select the i option at its top.

In the box that opens, click on Sample.

Scan the sample files with the online scanner we have on this page and if any of them get flagged as malicious, delete them and then kill their processes.

Step 3: Safely launching the browser

Hold the Shift from your keyboard and then launch Safari – holding Shift will prevent any previously opened pages to load again, just in case any of them were related to the problem.

If any problematic pages still load after you safe-launch the browser, then do the following:

Force-Quit the browser (Safari) again and then turn off your Wi-Fi connection by clicking on the Wi-Fi off option from the Mac Menu. If you are using cable Internet, simply disconnect the cable from your Mac.

Step 4: Uninstalling suspicious extensions

After you safe-launch Safari and are sure none of the previously opened pages load now, go to Preferences > Extensions.

Select and uninstall (by clicking on the Uninstall button) all extensions there that are unfamiliar to you or that you think may be suspicious. If you are not sure about a certain extension, it’s better to uninstall it – no extension is required for the normal functioning of the browser.

Step 5: Cleaning Safari

If you have other browsers aside from Safari, do the following:

In Safari, open Preferences from the browser’s menu and go to Privacy.

Select Remove All Website Data and then Remove Now. Note that this will delete all stored site data including any saved passwords and usernames. In other words, you will have to manually log-in to every site where you have a registration so make sure you remember your usernames and passwords.

Back in Preferences, click on General and see what your Safari’s homepage is. If it has been changed without your permission, change it back to what it used to be or to whatever you like it to be now.

Now go to the History menu and select the Clear History option.

Do the same to all other browsers you may have in your computer – here are examples with Chrome and Firefox.


Cleaning Chrome

Open Chrome and open its main menu, then go to More Tools > Extensions. Click on the Remove button next to all of the extensions that you do not trust.

Next, from the main menu, go to Settings and type Manage Search Engines in the search bar. Open the result that shows up and then delete all search engines other than the one you normally use by clicking on the three-dot icon next to the other ones and selecting Remove from list.


Back in Settings, type Reset and clean up and open the option that shows up (Restore settings to their original defaults). Confirm by selecting Reset Settings.


Cleaning Firefox

Open Firefox and then open its main menu. Go to Add-ons and open the Extensions menu from the left. Look at the extensions and Remove the ones you do not trust.


Next, open the menu again, go to Help > Troubleshooting information and in the page that opens, select Refresh Firefox and then confirm the action in the window that opens.


Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

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