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Remove Search.anysearch.com (Removal Guide) - Jan 2021 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Stealing programs

Anysearch – redirect malware that hijacks Mac users

Screenshot of Search.anysearch.com

Anysearch malware is yet another shady search engine which has been added to browser hijacker category. Its developer is already known for promoting tools identical to this search provider, such as Search.anysearchplus.comSearch.anysearchmac.com and many others.

All these sites are known to target Mac OS X[1] users. Thus, these domains might replace your current default search engine, homepage or new tab URL address without asking your permission. Then, Search Anysearch Manager and other hijackers can track each of your searches, show you sponsored search results and even redirect you to malware-infested websites.

The so-called Search.anysearch.com virus usually spreads in software bundles. Thus, if you do not install free programs correctly, the PUP might hijack your browser unnoticed. Additionally, it might:

  • trigger redirects to questionable domains;
  • display intrusive online ads;
  • collect information about users;
  • prevent from changing search engine or homepage URL address;
  • block Search.anysearch.com removal.

Once the virus enters the system, Search Anysearch Manager might take control over Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or other web browsers installed on the Mac. It might alter your browser’s settings in order to prevent you from switching back to the previous search tool.

However, it’s a highly suspicious tool that is created by SafeFinder. This company is known for producing many similar PUPs that cause browsing-related problems. Thus, it’s important to remove Anysearch from Mac as soon as it shows up in on the screen.

The hijacker not only might track various information about users and display ads based on the aggregated data. Anysearch virus might also deliver misleading or even malware-laden ads. Thus, you might be tricked into downloading a malicious content[2] or suffer from a phishing attack.

We do not say that browser hijacker is dangerous itself, but redirect tendencies or sponsored marketing activities are concerning. Thus, you should not risk bumping into cyber criminals and their prepared traps and delete this browser hijacker. You can uninstall Anysearch either manually or with the help of ReimageIntego.

Questions about Search.anysearch.com

Picture of Search.anysearch.com virusSearch.anysearch.com might become default search engine after unintentional installation of Any Search Manager extension.

Shady search tool is promoted as AnySearch Manager extension in software bundles

The shady search engine can be downloaded from its official website and other third party sites as a useful Mac extension. Of course, you should never fall for such promises as this program is yet another PUP seeking to get into your computer and initiate activities that are important to its developers.

Besides, hijacker can get into your Mac attached to different freeware or shareware if you do not install it correctly or attentively. If you have already found your system hijacked, it may have happened if you:

  • used Quick/Standard/Recommended settings for program’s installation;
  • rushed through Advanced/Custom setup without reading provided information.

While Quick installation does not reveal about “additional downloads,” Advanced setup does. However, it’s important to follow the wizard attentively and read everything, starting from the EULA and Privacy Policy, and finishing with information provided in each of the steps.

Thus, once you see a suggestion to install some great browser extension, PC optimization software or similar entries, you have to remove ticks in order to prevent them from getting inside your computer.

Explaining how to get rid of Search Anysearch virus

It’s not hard to remove Anysearch malware from Mac manually. You have to check the list of Applications and move suspicious entries to Trash. Then, you need to look through the lists of browser add-ons and reset each of the browsers.

However, security specialists from Les Virus[3] note that users often overlook hijacker-related entries. Thus, their browser remains hijacked. To avoid such unpleasant situation, we suggest opting for automatic Search Anysearch removal.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Search.anysearch.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.anysearch.com from Windows systems

To remove Search.anysearch.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Search.anysearch.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase Search.anysearch.com from Mac OS X system

To remove Anysearch manager from Mac, you have to start with system investigation. The guide below will help you to remove all hijacker-related entries from Mac OS X:

Remove Search.anysearch.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.anysearch.com-related 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 Search.anysearch.com, 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 Search.anysearch.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.anysearch.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Search.anysearch.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Search.anysearch.com 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, Google.com).
  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 Search.anysearch.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.anysearch.com from Microsoft Edge

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 Search.anysearch.com-related 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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

Remove Search.anysearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstal Any Search or other questionable extensions created by SafeFinder or other questionable developers.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Search.anysearch.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Search.anysearch.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Search.anysearch.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Search.anysearch.com from Google Chrome

To uninstall Anysearch from Chrome, follow this detailed guide:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Search.anysearch.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Search.anysearch.com in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Search.anysearch.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Search.anysearch.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Search.anysearch.com from Safari

To fix Safari, check if any malicious extensions are not installed on it. If you find something suspicious, uninstall it immediately.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Search.anysearch.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Search.anysearch.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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