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Remove Search.anysearch.com (Removal Guide) - Jan 2018 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

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.

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

Eliminate Search.anysearch.com from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Search.anysearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.anysearch.com or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Search.anysearch.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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:

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

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

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

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

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

  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 Search.anysearch.com 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 Search.anysearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.anysearch.com from Google Chrome

To uninstall Anysearch from Chrome, follow this detailed guide:

  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 Search.anysearch.com 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 Search.anysearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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.

  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 Search.anysearch.com 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 Search.anysearch.com, 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 Search.anysearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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