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removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser Hijackers is a browser hijacker that takes over Safari, Google Chrome, or other browsers installed on Mac operating systems is a webpage that users might unexpectedly see as their homepage after the installation of a third-party application (usually Remakovell). This is because potentially unwanted programs are spread with the help of software bundling – a questionable marketing technique that allows freeware developers to mask optional components within the software installation packages. Thus, users rarely notice how the unwanted application entered their computers, although changes to Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox are visible immediately.

As soon as hijack[1] occurs, the user browsers' search engine is replaced with a customized one, and the functionality of the new tab is altered. While users still can reach the most commonly used search providers like, their homepage always redirects them to hxxps:// Unfortunately, some people do not pay attention to the change and start internet browsing activities without taking any actions to remove from their Macs.

Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Associated browser extension Remakovell
Targeted systems macOS/Mac OS X
Infiltration Browser hijackers are usually installed together with other programs downloaded from third-party sites; users may also install the PUP after seeing an attractive advertisement on some website
Symptoms The homepage, new tab, and search engine of the web browser is altered, increased amount of ads, redirects to unknown sites, etc.
Risk factors While browser hijackers are not dangerous on their own, they might help to create circumstances where users might end up installing other unwanted software or even malware, or provide details to unknown parties (potentially cybercriminals)
Termination To get rid of the hijacker, scan your Mac with anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or make use of our manual removal guide below

While, mostly, browser hijackers are not considered to be a major security risk, they should still not be ignored.  Upon installation, these unwanted programs usually initiate changes to browsers that are unsolicited. Luckily, most of the modern browsers now warn about these modifications, so users might decline them in the first place. However, this is not the end of removal.

Even though all the Remakovell searchers are directed to Yahoo, the top results are always covered with sponsored links. Besides, the affected will most likely see an increased amount of all types of ads on all the sites that they visit. The commercial activity is also accompanied by user browser habit monitoring, which allows the PUP developers to monetize on targeted advertisements.

In most of the cases, users infected with browser hijacker will not experience major changes to their operating systems, the way they browse will change. And, while the sponsored links are usually harmless, the chain of clicks may lead them to phishing, tech support scam, or even malware-laden websites. In such a way, users might infect their computers with a Trojan or other virus, disclose sensitive information to unknown parties, or lose money after being tricked into subscribing to some useless service. is a potentially unwanted program which changes the settings of all installed browsers without permission

Besides, does not provide any details regarding users' privacy or the terms and conditions for using the application. Nevertheless, most of the PUPs track users and collect the following data (which sometimes might include personal information):

  • IP address;
  • Technical information of the device used;
  • Browser cookies;
  • Links clicked;
  • Search queries;
  • Sites visited;
  • Bookmarks added;
  • Installed applications, etc.

If you frequently download apps from third-party sites and noticed that taken over your browser, you should scan your computer with anti-malware software – we suggest using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Be aware that genuinely malicious software would usually show no signs and symptoms of infections.

Software bundling is the most probable cause for PUA infection

Mac users were ignoring online safety for a while, claiming that “Macs cannot get infected.” While a virus infection is practically impossible (it needs to be able to spread laterally while attaching itself to other applications), Mac malware has been on the rise for many years now, and potentially unwanted programs are one of the biggest problems that macOS users encounter nowadays.

The vast majority of infections occur when users act carelessly – download pirated software, visit high-risk sites, fall victim of fake updates,[2] etc. All these infection methods are also applied to adware and browser hijackers, as they are mostly spread through software packages as an optional component.

Thus, experts[3] advise users to be careful online:

  • When possible, download software from App Store or other official sources;
  • Before installing an unknown app, read up on it online – reviews and forum posts are good indicators if the program can be trusted;
  • Always opt for Advanced/Custom installation mode;
  • Check if Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy is provided;
  • Decline all the deals or offers;
  • Pay attention to small print text;
  • Remove all the marks from pre-ticked boxes. redirectsWhile all the searches from are redirected to Yahoo, the results are not genuine, and users will see many sponsored links at the top

Get rid of the PUP and reset your browsers to revert changes made by removal should not be complicated, generally speaking. As we previously mentioned, browser hijackers are considered to be minor threats and usually are relatively easy to eliminate. In most of the cases, simply moving the app into Trash is enough, as well as getting rid of the extension embedded into the web browser. For more details instructions, please check the instructions below.

Nevertheless, it is also possible that your machine has more than one PUP installed on it. In such a case, you should remove along with all the other unwanted software using anti-malware software. Security software can locate and get rid of all the hijacker components automatically. Besides, checking your system with an anti-malware application is always a good idea to make sure no stealthy malware is hidden on your Mac.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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, follow these steps:

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

To remove components from your macOS/Mac OS X, perform the following actions:

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

Get rid of 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

Eliminate 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

Delete from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Browser hijackers change the settings of the installed web browsers. Therefore, refresh Mozilla Firefox in order to revert the settings changed by the hijacker

  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

Erase from Google Chrome

  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

Remove from Safari

Safari still might suffer from unwanted behavior until its reset is performed:

  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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