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Remove virus (Removal Guide) - Jan 2020 update

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Anysearch is the internet search engine that supposed to show improved results but it only promotes other Mac hijacking tools

Any SearchAny Search - the program that makes the system running slower with shady commercial content that fills up the screen. – Mac browser hijacker that redirects users to tons of affiliated pages where the person gets exposed to possibly dangerous programs or even malicious script. Sponsored content related to and other potentially unwanted programs cause system slowdowns and resists regular elimination by changing various settings of the web browser and machine in general. The program is spreading via internet and deceptive pages that employ software bundling methods. During misleading campaigns this browser-based intruder finds the way in various places, like system folders and startup preferences. This fake search engine interferes with any processes of the affected browser and makes the applications running slow, crashing and freezing continuously.

Even when Any Search appears as a useful search engine, you should consider it to be dangerous because many deceptive sites promote the application and initially the PUP appears out of nowhere on the system because it gets installed behind your back as any other cyber intruder. It is believed that Mac OS is safe from malware, but this particular hijacker that targets only Apple products shows the opposite. Try not to click on any commercial content delivered to your screen and avoid installing applications you don't trust until you remove the intruder completely.

Type Browser hijacker
Symptoms The machine becomes slower due to continuous pop-ups, banners, and links with advertisements injected on the list of search results. Such material triggers redirects and exposes users to possibly harmful content. Browser settings and preferences like default search engine, homepage, and new tab get reset to the hijackers' site to maximize the traffic to needed affiliated pages
Danger Advertisers and PUP creators all can access various details about browsing history and preferences when you visit sites, click on commercial pop-ups and so on. Such behavior leads to privacy issues and targeted scams where details about you can be used besides personalized ads and malvertising
Distribution Freeware bundling is the technique that mainly allows PUPs to spread freely. deceptive pages, torrent services also lead to automatic PUP installations without users' consent
Mainly affects Mac OS devices
Elimination removal requires more than your interference. The best results can be achieved by using professional anti-malware tools and scanning the machine because all PUP traces can be eliminated this way
Repair You may also need to run Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a similar cleaner to repair the damage or at least check for affected parts of the OS. This way you can improve the performance further is a browser hijacker that targets Mac operating systems.[1] Once installed, it adds Any Search to the Applications folder and might also add an identically named extension to each of your browsers. No matter that it seems that it is closely related to Yahoo, do NOT fall for this image.

Although seems to be a regular search app that can hardly pose a threat to your computer, we suggest reading our opinion about this program. First of all, we must say that this Mac OS X add-on is considered to be a browser hijacker[2] which takes over your browser and starts redirecting you to third-party websites.

The search engine which is promoted by virus is identical or related to:

The primary purpose of all these apps is to hijack the device and get an opportunity to show people sponsored search results, inject every attempt with affiliated content that redirects to needed sites and generates views, visits for monetization. Pay-per-click is the aim of these commercial content creators. Any Search removal is crucial if you want to avoid privacy issues because advertisers focus on tracking data about every visitor because it is valuable information for their advertising campaigns.

For this reason, intruder changes some settings in the victim’s browser and on the system directly. First of all, it makes the default search engine and homepage in the browser – whether it is Chrome, Safari, Firefox or other. Then this program injects bookmarks to the browser and can even install other extensions or add-ons without permission of the user. browser hijackerTo remove virus, you need to find the culprit in your Mac operating system. In this case, it is Any Search Manager and possibly some browser extensions that you need to remove.

Consequently, the user has to experience redirects to the described search page and use the Anysearch search engine without a request to do so. When trying to revert these changes on Mac, you may find out that this option is disabled. Right after rebooting your computer, you can find this PUP on your Chrome, Safari, and other browsers.

The worst part of Any Search activity is sponsored search results. Beware that these results will be full of pop-up ads, in-text links, banner ads, and similar content promoting similar services and applications. Some cybersecurity experts suggest that they are slightly altered to provide targeted ads and useful content to the user.

According to Any Search privacy policy, the developer claims that he is not:

responsible for any third party advertisements, offers, statements, information, claims, promotion, surveys, questionnaires, free trials, memberships, subscriptions, etc.

So, clicking on such advertisements caused by malware or engaging with the content that it provides is at your sole risk. The developer of this search tool hardly cares about what parties it promotes – as long as they pay money to it. This is why there's no one who can guarantee that your machine is not exposed to malicious content. To avoid these risks, we highly recommend you to uninstall from Mac and check for anything related to the intruder.

We do not think that you should suffer from this Any Search browser hijacker, especially when there are hundreds of more reliable search engines on the Internet. Besides, if this hijacker redirects you to a malware-infested website, you may get infected with a more serious cyber threat, e.g. trojan horse, fake PC optimization software, etc. 

If you need a quick fix, remove Any search from the system using anti-malware tools and make sure to follow through all the suggested steps. To revert any system changes and damage made by this PUP, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software that may repair needed system files or recover essential settings.

Common ways used for distribution of browser-hijacking software

Browser hijackers fall into the category of potentially unwanted programs due to their capabilities to track victim’s activity online and intrusive advertising material delivery. Such programs are usually distributed with the help of software bundling. It is a very efficient, yet annoying technique that helps to force inattentive PC users to install complimentary programs without knowing about it[3].

If you do not want to be lured into installing unnecessary programs on your PC, you might want to try to drop them before clicking that “Install” button. All that you need to do is to choose Custom or Advanced settings (whichever are available) and deselect all additions presented to you.

Contrary to popular belief, Default or Standard settings aren’t trustworthy. They are filled with terms that benefit the developers of the software, but not the user. Usually, these settings contain statements granting the victim’s permission to add unnecessary additions to the system.

Get rid of Any Search virus from Mac once and for all

If your device acts suspiciously and you experience continuous redirects to dubious websites filled with ads and other possibly dangerous content when using your computer, remove Any Search via Control Panel and reset your web browsers to default to reverse unwanted changes of settings. As you must have already understood, this application can hardly increase the quality of web browsing and has no value or usefulness.

You can clean the system with an anti-spyware or anti-malware software compatible with Mac OS. Applications that you can use are provided below. However, you can also read removal instructions we provided and manually check if the system gets cleaned properly.

If you succeed, the browser hijacker won’t bother you anymore. Just do not forget to be careful when browsing the world wide web and never agree to add suspicious apps or browser extensions to your OS. If you avoid getting additional threats you may forget about Any Search virus altogether.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

To remove redirect virus from Mac, access Applications folder and remove an app called Any Search, Any Search Manager, and similar entries.

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

Erase 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 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

Remove virus 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 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)

  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

Eliminate from Google Chrome

Check Chrome for Any Search components and delete them immediately.

  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

Delete from Safari

To fix Safari so that it couldn't cause redirects, delete extensions related to Any Search virus.

  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

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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