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How to remove Search Pulse on Mac? (Updated)

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Search Pulse is a browser hijacker which reaches the system via fake Adobe Flash Player update

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

Search Pulse is a dubious 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.[2] Once inside the system, it replaces a default start page, search engine, and URL address with, and starts initiating doubtful advertising campaigns. Furthermore, promotion of questionable software and redirects to affiliate pages might also be related to this PUP.

Name Search Pulse
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program
Possible dangers Might take you to pages which are filled with malicious apps 
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
Prevention tips There are some ways to prevent the installation of browser hijackers, for example, activating the Custom/Advanced configuration mode to complete all of your incoming downloads
Removal Uninstall by using our guide. Additionally, run Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to get rid of the damage that it caused.

If you are wondering what is Search Pulse truly, we are here to inform you about all of the capabilities this potential threat includes and what kinds of activities it performs on the system and web browser applications. This type of suspicious program is not directly a virus but it can be recognized as one due to all the intrusive capabilities it has.

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. Search Pulse is a browser hijacker, which aims at promoting the websites of affiliate parties, driving traffic to partner's sites, and generating pay-per-click[3] profit. 

Browser hijackers, including Search Pulse, 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.

Search Pulse PUPSearch Pulse is potentially unwanted content that can take the user to malicious pages

Experts also warn that this Search Pulse 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)[4] 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

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 Search Pulse 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.

Search Pulse illustrationSearch Pulse is a virus that redirects users' searches to Yahoo Search. Note that the virus fills the search results here with sponsored content.

Our experts recommend you to remove Search Pulse 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego.

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. Those steps will help you to get rid of the potentially unwanted content from infected web browser apps and stabilize your computer system.

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.

Additionally, browser hijackers and similar programs are capable of infiltrating the system through fake Adobe Flash Player updates or other outdated applications. If you keep some software, for example, anti-malware, ensure that your programs are always updated regularly to avoid possible errors.

Get rid of right now

Search Pulse browser hijacker[5] team says that even though browser hijackers are not considered to be malware, users often use Search Pulse 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 Search Pulse 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 Search Pulse 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. 

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To remove, follow these steps:

Remove from Mac OS X system

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

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Erase 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall from Internet Explorer (IE)

You can terminate all suspicious extensions from Internet Explorer with the help of these instructing steps:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete from Microsoft Edge

Clean your entire Microsoft Edge web browser from suspicious content:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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