Search.installmac.com is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage and default search engine to http://search.installmac.com/.
InstallMac will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The Search.installmac.com infection is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results.
The Search.installmac.com it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.
Search.installmac.com got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install DivXPlayer, you will also agree to change your browser homepage to Search.installmac.com, set your default search engine to Ask.com, and install the Shareaza Music Toolbar.
However when you uninstall Shareaza Music Player from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Shareaza Music Toolbar and Search.installmac.com from your favorite web browser manually.
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Search.installmac.com browser hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.
How to remove Search.installmac.com (Virus Removal Guide)
STEP 1: Uninstall Search.InstallMac.com from Mac OS X
- You can download the InstallMac uninstaller from the below link:
INSTALLMAC UNINSTALLER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download the InstallMac uninstaller for this malicious program)
- Double-click on the Uninstaller.dmg program to start the uninstall process, then click on the Open button.
- A pop-up window will ask you if you want to reset your browser to its default settings, when this happens you will need to click on the Yes button.
- Next, select (triple-click) the following line, then control-click and select Services > Reveal from the contextual menu:/library/launchdaemons/com.genieoinnovation.macextension.client.plist
/library/launchagents/com.genieoinnovation.macextension.plistIf a Finder window opens with the file com.genieoinnovation.macextension.client.plist or com.genieoinnovation.macextension.plist selected, drag it to the Trash, then just click OK.
- You can now restart your Apple MAC OS X.
STEP 2: Remove Search.InstallMac.com with avast! Free Antivirus for Mac
- You can download avast! Free Antivirus for Mac utility from the below link.
AVAST FREE ANTIVIRUS FOR MAC DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “avast! Free Antivirus”)
- After downloading avast Antivirus for Mac, double-click the downloaded file ‘avast_free_antivirus_mac_setup.dmg‘.
- In the new window double-click on ‘avast!.pkg’ file and follow the instructions on the displayed window ( read AVAST End User License Agreement, click ‘Agree‘, and then click ‘Install’ to complete the installation then press ‘Close’.
- When the Avast Antivirus will start, perform a “Full System Scan” to remove Search.InstallMac.com from your Mac OS X.
- Avast will remove any malicious files that may be installed on your Apple Mac OS X, and further more Avast will protect your machine from future infection.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Search.installmac.com from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.