How to remove Search.gg from Macbook

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What is Search.gg?

Search.gg is yet another redirect virus that can make you use this page whether you like it or not. So if you are seeing Search.gg page instead of your primary search engine, then you have malware installed. Nevertheless, don’t panic, since all its malicious activity is to display altered search results and third-party advertising. Although it’s not dangerous still it greatly reduces browsing experience. It also collects the user’s personal information related to the browsing habits. All collected data is transferred to third-party companies which may use them for selfish purposes. To completely remove Search.gg and all its leftovers, you may seek assistance from the anti-malware program, it’s the most convenient way. Experienced users may use the manual way. Both methods are provided below.

Search.gg page


How to remove Search.gg?

To make sure that the hijacker won’t appear again, you need to delete Search.gg completely. For this, you need to remove the application then check the drives for such leftovers as Search.gg files and registry entries.

Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner Antivirus is a powerful tool that is able to keep your Mac clean. It would automatically search out and delete all elements related to Search.gg. It is not only the easiest way to eliminate Search.gg but also the safest and most assuring one.

Download Combo Cleaner (Mac)

Steps of Search.gg manual removal

Uninstall Search.gg from the system

As it was stated before, more likely that the hijacker appeared on your system brought by other software. So, to get rid of Search.gg you need to call to memory what you have installed recently.

Remove Search.gg from Applications

  1. Open a Finder window
  2. Click Applications line on the sidebar
  3. Select the application related to Search.gg right-click it and choose Move to Trash

Remove Search.gg from Profiles

  1. Launch System Preferences
  2. Select Profiles at the bottom of window.
  3. Choose AdminPrefs profile, click “-“ icon and enter password.

Search.gg

Remove Search.gg using Terminal

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Copy/paste:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
  3. Press Return
  4. Hold the Option/alt key, then right click on the Finder icon in the dock and click Relaunch
  5. Navigate to: /Users/yourmacname/Library/Application Support/
  6. Delete Folder: Agent
  7. Go back to Terminal and copy/paste:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO
  8. Press Return
  9. Hold the Option/alt key, then right click on the Finder icon in the dock and click Relaunch

Remove Search.gg from browsers

Since most of the hijacker threats use a disguise of a browser add-on, you will need to check the list of extensions/add-ons in your browser.

How to remove Search.gg from Safari

  1. Start Safari
  2. Click on Safari menu button, then go to the Extensions
  3. Delete Search.gg or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

How to remove Search.gg from Google Chrome

  1. Start Google Chrome
  2. Click on Tools, then go to the Extensions
  3. Delete Search.gg or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

How to remove Search.gg from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox
  2. Click on the right-upper corner button
  3. Click Add-ons, then go to Extensions
  4. Delete Search.gg or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

If the above-mentioned methods didn’t help in eliminating the threat, then it’s better to rely on an automatic way of deleting Search.gg.
Download Combo Cleaner (Mac)
We also recommend to download and use Combo Cleaner Antivirus to scan the system after Search.gg removal to make sure that it is completely gone. The antimalware application will detect any vicious components left among system files and registry entries that can recover Search.gg.

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