How to remove Search Pulse from Mac

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What is Search Pulse?

Search Pulse may take place of primary search provider of a browser without your consent. If you are dealing with that problem then your system is infected with a browser hijacker. While browser hijacker is not a dangerous virus, we recommend you to remove Search Pulse as soon as possible. The browser hijacker usually comes as a browser extension but sometimes it is installed as a separate application. Once it settles on a system, hijacker modifies browser’s settings so that http://search.searchpulse.net/ or http://home.searchpulse.net/ webpage becomes your preferred search provider. After the changes made to the browsers, Search Pulse will start showing irrelevant search results bringing partner sites to the top. The user may also notice an increase in the number of different advertisements interfering with browsing experience and reducing the performance of the system. Therefore, if you find Search Pulse installed on your Mac, you must uninstall it right away.

How Search Pulse gets on your Mac?

Usually, Search Pulse appears on users’ Macbooks after users get redirected to rogue sites claiming that an Adobe Flash Player update needs to be installed, and end up installing it. As a result, several pieces of adware, malware and potentially unwanted software, including Document Converter, get installed on their Macs. Other ways for Search Pulse and other browser hijackers to end up on users’ machines are users installing free software and not opting out of extra programs that are also offered for installation, or users opening files downloaded from shady websites. If that had happened and Search Pulse took over your browser, you may follow our tutorial to remove Search Pulse from your Mac.

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Also, you can try to remove Search Pulse manually.

Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove Search Pulse from Mac

Search Pulse may not have the app associated with it in Applications. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones. Look for Search Pulse or Search Pulse.app.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall Search Pulse or Search Pulse Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application Search Pulse from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

Step 2: Remove Admin Preferences from Mac

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Profiles.
  3. Click on AdminPrefs on the left panel.
  4. Click the minus button below to delete rogue settings.

Step 3: Remove Search Pulse from browsers

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find Search Pulse or other suspicious extensions.
  5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Search Pulse or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Search Pulse or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 4: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on the Safari menu.
  3. Choose Reset Safari….
  4. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Safari.

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

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