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How to remove SearchPulse on Mac? (Updated)

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SearchPulse virus is a browser hijacker which can affect Safari and other web browsers

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Searchpulse virus - a browser hijacker seeking to infiltrate systems via fake updates and then earn the money from advertising.

Searchpulse virus is a malicious search engine that falls into the categories of the potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] and browser hijacker. At the moment, the most affected web browser is Safari. However, it has also been noticed on Google Chrome, Firefox, IE, and other web browsers. The hijacker has been actively spreading around with the help of bundling technique, via a well known fake update for the Adobe Flash Player. Once inside the system, it replaces a default start page, search engine, and URL address with http://home.searchpulse.net/, and starts initiating doubtful advertising campaigns. 

Name Searchpulse
Type Browser hijacker
Distribution Installed by users as a useful extension; spreads together with third-party applications
Search results provided via Yahoo Search
Symptoms Changes browsers' settings; assigns itself as the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine; presents forged search results, redirects to sponsored websites
Removal Uninstall Home.searchpulse.net by using our guide. Additionally, run Reimage to get rid of the damage that it caused.

Although it might look even useful at first due to a provision of search engine customization and blend of Yahoo, Bing, and Google search results, do not fall for the trick. The SearchPulse New Tab is a browser hijacker, which aims at promoting the websites of affiliate parties, driving traffic to partner's sites,  and generating pay-per-click profit. 

Browser hijackers are stealthily distributed in a form of extension along with free applications online. Therefore, a vast majority of people often are not aware of how this PUP sneaked into their systems. Unfortunately, it's not possible to dismiss the unauthorized modification of the startup page, search provider, and other personalized settings.

Experts also warn that this SearchPulse virus can collect details about the users and subsequently transfer it to affiliate parties for marketing purposes. After infiltration, it drops tracking cookies and starts monitoring its users' browsing activity and collecting specific information which includes:

  • Name;
  • Email address;
  • IP address;
  • Country code;
  • Search query;
  • Unique identifier number, etc.

It is evident that such activity is performed without directly notifying the user. Unfortunately, some of these details are classified as personally identifiable information (PII)[2] and can put your privacy at risk. Moreover, the developers of Search Pulse add that they might share the gathered data with third-parties:

Collected data may be used, supplemented, and shared with other parties for business, commercial, or marketing purposes <…>

Additionally, they inform that SearchPulse is designed to deliver advertising content via search results or by displaying ads on frequently visited pages. While many would like to receive shopping coupons or Holiday offers, we want to warn you that online advertisements can be potentially dangerous to your computer's security.

Here is the fraction informing about the ads by Home.searchpulse.net:

The Extension and Website may integrate third party content (“Third Party Content”) in order to display what services are streaming certain content and search results to you. Such Third Party Content may include feeds, search results, <…> promotions, offers, <…> music, photographs, sounds, or other content displayed, promoted, or otherwise made available through third parties.

Sadly, but the contrivers of Home.searchpulse.net malware are not responsible for the content of third-party ads. Thus, you can be redirected to highly suspicious pages or even websites where malware is distributed. For this reason, you must stay away from any types of ads and avoid clicking on them or promotional links on this search engine.

Our experts recommend you to remove SearchPulse virus for your safety. This way, you will be able to employ a reliable search engine instead. The quickest way to get rid of this browser hijacker is to get a robust antivirus. After selecting the one that seems right for you, scan your system properly. Additionally, make sure you get rid of virus leftovers by using Reimage.

If you are an experienced computer user, you can try to perform Search Pulse removal by yourself. In this case, we would suggest you follow the elimination instructions which are attached at the end of this article. 

PUPs travel as browser extensions inside the installers of third-party software

As we have already mentioned before, most people do not notice when the browser hijacker infiltrates the system. It is because developers bundle their products with free applications and offer them as one. Likewise, users might think that they install only one software while the PUP is installed together as an additional component.

However, you can identify the bundled software if you choose Advanced or Custom settings. They are designed not to skip steps during the installation and fully disclose the information about additional programs. Also, it is essential to find all pre-selected marks which permit to install the PUP and de-select them.

Get rid of Home.searchpulse.net right now

Virusi.bg[3] team says that even though browser hijackers are not considered to be malware, users often use Searchpulse.net virus for browsing term since this program is very persistent — people cannot get rid of it by simply uninstalling the software. This is because PUPs have extra elements which might be hidden in different places across your computer.

Likewise, manual Searchpulse removal is a challenging procedure which should only be performed by an experienced user. Additionally, we have prepared instructions that should help and guide through the process. You can find them below this paragraph.

Finally, those who do not have specific IT skills can remove SearchPulse automatically. This is the fastest and most convenient method since it merely takes a few clicks. For that, you should install professional security software and let it examine your computer files. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Home.searchpulse.net, follow these steps:

Mac OS XSafariGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefox

Remove Home.searchpulse.net from Mac OS X system

Get rid of the hijacker by uninstalling all suspicious entries from MacOS:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Home.searchpulse.net or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
Mac OS XSafariGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefox

Eliminate Home.searchpulse.net from Safari

Uninstall SearchPulse from Safari by resetting the web browser.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Home.searchpulse.net or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Home.searchpulse.net, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Home.searchpulse.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button
Mac OS XSafariGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefox

Erase Home.searchpulse.net from Google Chrome

Fix Google Chrome by using the guide below to delete unknown extensions that could be possibly related to this malware.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Home.searchpulse.net and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Home.searchpulse.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Mac OS XSafariGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefox

Uninstall Home.searchpulse.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Home.searchpulse.net and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Home.searchpulse.net removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Mac OS XSafariGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefox

Delete Home.searchpulse.net from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Home.searchpulse.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Mac OS XSafariGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefox

Get rid of Home.searchpulse.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you want to fix Mozilla and get rid of annoying ads, follow the indicated steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Home.searchpulse.net and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Home.searchpulse.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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