Remove Search.InstallMac.com from Apple Mac OS X

“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 Search.InstallMac.com.
[Image: Search.installmac.com hijack]
Search.InstallMac.com homepage 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 VPlay, you will also agree to change your browser homepage and default search engine to Search.InstallMac.com.
However when you uninstall VPlay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove Search.InstallMac.com homepage 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 from Apple Mac OS X (Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Search.InstallMac.com browser hijacker, and any other adware program that may have been installed on your Apple Mac OS X.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Remove Search.InstallMac.com with AdwareMedic
STEP 2: Double-check for Search.InstallMac.com malware with avast! Free Antivirus for Mac
(OPTIONAL) STEP 3: Remove Search.InstallMac.com from Safari, Google Chrome and Firefox

STEP 1: Remove Search.InstallMac.com with AdwareMedic

Adware Medic is a powerful tool which is designed to remove adware and browser hijackers from Apple Mac OS X.

  1. You can download AdwareMedic from the below link:
    ADWAREMEDIC DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download “AdwareMedic”)
  2. One you have downloaded AdwareMedic, please perform a scan as see in the below video:

STEP 2: Double-check for Search.InstallMac.com malware with avast! Free Antivirus for Mac

Avast Antivirus is a a powerful antivirus for Mac which will detect and remove the Search.InstallMac.com adware from your Apple Mac OS X.

  1. 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”)
  2. After downloading avast Antivirus for Mac, double-click the downloaded file ‘avast_free_antivirus_mac_setup.dmg‘.
  3. 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’.
  4. When the Avast Antivirus will start, perform a “Full System Scan” to remove Search.InstallMac.com adware from your Mac OS X.
    Avast for Mac Scan
  5. Avast will remove Search.InstallMac.com virus from Apple Mac OS X, and furthermore Avast Antivirus will protect your Mac OS X from future infection.

(Optional) STEP 3: Remove Search.InstallMac.com from Safari, Google Chrome and Firefox

If you are still experiencing issues with the Search.InstallMac.com in Safari, Firefox or Chrome, we will need to manually check for malware. This step needs to be performed only if your issues have not been solved by the previous steps.

Remove Search.InstallMac.com from Safari

  1. From the Safari menu, select “Preferences“.
    Safari Mac OS X Preferences
    In the Safari Preferences window, click the “Extensions” tab. Find the “Omnibar” by InstallMac plugin, then click on the “Uninstall” button. This infection can add more than one extension, it is recommended that you remove all unknown extensions from Safari.
    Delete Search.InstallMac.com extension
  2. Next, select “Preferences“, go to the “General” tab and change the “Default Search Engine” to Google. Then, in the “General” tab, find the “Home Page” and change it to “google.com”.
    Remove Search.InstallMac.com from Safari

Remove Search.InstallMac.com from Google Chrome

  1. Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines ([Image: Chrome's main menu button]) .When the drop-down menu appears, select the option labeled Settings.
    [Image: Click on Settings button]
  2. Chrome’s Settings should now be displayed in a new tab or window, depending on your configuration. Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Show advanced settings link (as seen in the below example).
    [Image: Click on Show advanced settings link]
  3. Chrome’s advanced Settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings section is visible, as shown in the example below. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button.
    [Image: Click on Reset browser button]
  4. A confirmation dialog should now be displayed, detailing the components that will be restored to their default state should you continue on with the reset process. To complete the restoration process, click on the Reset button.
    [Image: Click on Reset button to restore Chrome to default settings]

Remove Search.InstallMac.com from Firefox

  1. In the Firefox’s address bar type: about:support, then click on Enter.
  2. Click the “Reset Firefox” button in the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page.
    [Image: Reset Firefox to its default settings]
  3. To continue, click on the “Reset Firefox” button in the new confirmation window that opens.
    [Image: Click on the Reset Firefox button]
  4. Firefox will close itself and will revert to its default settings. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.
Your Apple Mac OS X should now be free of the Search.InstallMac.com infection. If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Search.InstallMac.com adware from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Adrianna

    This was SO helpful and simple! I just deleted the extension and the problem was fixed :) WOOP WOOP

  • Michelle

    Whew! Thanks! I didn’t download either of the programs you suggested, just uninstalled extensions I didn’t want. I was so annoyed and now am HAPPY!

  • rick

    Thank you!!!

  • Easy Tipper

    Just go to safari<preferences<extensions and then delete the unibar search or search.me I'm not sure which it was.

  • Diveafall

    Words cannot express how grateful I am for this tip. You guys are awesome!

  • Brian

    Awesome thank you! I’ll have to watch out the next time my fiancee says she wants to download a cute island ppt theme

  • DHammer

    YAY!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! That is the 2nd time that happened and I get so frustrated…..I HATE bong!…..I mean Bing:-)

  • Momo

    This helped! Thanks so much!

  • Louis

    Thank you! I share the same sense of gratitude as most of those who posted before me. Glad you posted this. Keep this up!

  • Emma

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I was worried that I was going to put another virus on my computer when I installed this, but it worked! INSTALL MAC IS GONE YAYYY!

  • Kat

    Thank you. I removed it from Safari, but sometimes it still appears on chrome. How can I remove it from chrome? I’ve tried the preference, default homepage search engine stuff but I still see the install.mac appear on chrome for me.

    Help?
    Thank you.

  • sam

    You are my savior

  • monica

    thank you so much! that dumb thing has been on my computer for like over a month, and now its gone! woohoo! you’re such an awesome dude!

  • WayneMcM

    You’re a saint dude! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • adi282

    thank yu so much…

  • linda pink

    Lind
    Thank you so much, I am so grateful for such an easy way to do it. You are awesome, thanks for making my day. You saved me from taking a trip to apple store.

  • Paul Lindsey-Jones

    Hi Stelian,
    A very big thank you – I’ve just removed this s*** from my system, thanks to you…

  • ZAID

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH MAN REALLY COOL AND EASY WAY
    THANKS THANKS THANKS THAT’S AWESOME
    WOOOOHOO FINALLY GOT THE RIGHT PERSON!!!

  • disqus_Zwb4ncmKme

    thanks, man, really helpful!

  • queenb

    thank u so much!! the 2nd one more useful <3

  • Katie

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCHHHH!!!!!!! I will name my first born child after you xxxx

  • godwinkr

    wow, way to go, thank you!

  • Don

    Thanks SO much! Appreciated

  • greg

    The uninstall just opened a blank page. Not sure if the site disabled this page, but….help

  • Stephen

    THANK YOU!!!

  • wisco

    My hero! Thanks for doing this!!!

  • michael

    GREAT , THANK YOU

  • geniokiller

    You must remove also /Library/Frameworks/GenioExtra.Framework

  • daise

    thank you thank you gracias so very much

  • http://almablog.net benceix

    Thaaaaank you!

  • G

    Trumpets blast & Choir sings… Hallelujah!!! No more Bing

  • lilamaye

    totally worked thanks! time for a donation…!

  • Daniel

    Great! You save my day with this uninstaller!

  • Neiax

    you are a genius! thank’s a lot!

  • Husk Eisborn

    Thanks for the help!! this shet come with rar expander beta – really was a headache.
    but the second meted works very fine, again thanks!

  • ozcan

    the application for uninstall was so helpful thank you very very much

  • skim

    Useful! thank you so much!

  • Winza

    thank you so much this works!!GBU man!

  • Mark

    Thank you for the clear solution.