CharacterSearch Mac Virus Removal (Simple Guide)

CharacterSearch

CharacterSearch is a vicious application reported as PUP and Adware which uses installation files of free software to sneak into your computer. This threat can degenerate your PC’s comprehensive performance seriously by introducing other threats such as browser hijacker, spam popups and malware. As soon as sneaking on your PC, it will disguise as a legit process and hide in the background to damage your system gradually. If it cannot be removed completely in time, you will experience lots of problems in your PC.
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For example, your will get lots of ads by CharacterSearch whenever you open websites or do search on Google; your homepage may be redirected to some dangerous websites; your PC’s operation become slower than before, it meets various system errors, BSOD becomes usual thing; and it allows remote access to compromise your computer by changing your PC system settings to mess up everything. Aside from harming the computer by infecting files, CharacterSearch also posses other characteristics that puts the system at risk. Existing infection can cause identity theft for its victims. This virus can log keystrokes and record online activities to steal user name, password, and other sensitive data from you. Before severe problems happen to your system, use the guide below to remove CharacterSearch now.

 How to Manually Remove CharacterSearch From Mac OSX? (Steps)

Step 1 Uninstall CharacterSearch related apps or potentially unwanted apps from Mac OSX
  • In Finder window, clicking “Applications” in the sidebar
  • In the applications folder, right-click on CharacterSearch related apps or other suspicious apps and click Move to Trash. 

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PLEASE NOTE

CharacterSearch may reinstall itself multiple times if its core files and related malware are not removed completely.

Therefore we recommend, after uninstalling the potentially unwanted apps, you’d better downloading Combo Cleaner to scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

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Step 2 – Remove malicious files generated by CharacterSearch or related malware from your Mac

1. Click the Finder icon from the menu bar  >>  choose “Go” then click on “Go to Folder“:

2. In the Go to Folder… bar, type the name of the following four folders to open them one by one:

~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/Application Support
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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3. In each folder, search for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Here are some examples of files generated by malware:

“installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, CharacterSearch”,  “com.genieo.completer.download.plist” “com.genieoinnovation.macextension.plist” “com.genieo.engine.plist” “com.adobe.fpsaud.plist” , “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”,

PLEASE NOTE

Manually check and remove malicious files may take hours and you may delete healthy files by mistake.

To do it safely and efficiently, we recommend downloading Combo Cleaner to scan your Mac for any malicious files generated by CharacterSearch or malware.

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Step 3 – Find and remove malicious extensions and browser hijacker from Safari and Chrome.

Safari

On Safari

1. Start Safari: Select Safari menu and click Preferences:

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2. Select Extensions tab>> Look for the unsafe or suspicious extensions and click Uninstall:

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3. Select Search tab >> click the Search Engine menu and make your choice. Safari lets you use Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

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4. Select the General tab >> In the Homepage bar, type the URL you want to set as the Safari homepage.

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Google Chrome

On Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon at the top right corner >> Select More Tools and click Extensions;

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2. Search for suspicious extensions and click trash icon to remove it:

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3. Reset default search engine on Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon >> Select Settings
  • Scroll down until you locate the Search engine section
  • Click the drop-down menu accompanying the option labeled Search engine used in the address bar
  • Select Google, Bing or Yahoo! as your default search engine.

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4. Reset homepage on Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon >> Select Settings;
  • In the “On Startup” section, click the “Set pages” link near to the “Open a specific page or set of pages” option.
  • Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example SearchMine.net) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

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PLEASE NOTE

If an unwanted extension or search engine can’t be removed manually from web browsers, it may be caused by malware.

We recommend downloading Combo Cleaner to scan your Mac and see if it will detect malware.

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Step 4Re-check your Mac with Combo Clean Antivirus.

To be sure that your Mac is not infected at all, it’s recommended to run a full scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus.

Combo Cleaner Antivirus is a professional Mac Antivirus and Mac OSX Optimization Tool for users. It is equipped with powerful detection engine against virus, malware, and adware. Thus it is able to protect your machine from the latest out-breaking threats and infections. Moreover, its Disk Cleaner can detect and clean up all junks and always keep your Mac’s performance at the peak. 

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Once Combo Cleaner is installed, run a scan to diagnose your Mac and solve all problems: