What is Any Search Manager?

Any Search Manager is a malicious program, created by Safefinder. Developers position their product as “a simpler way to manage your search”. In fact, this program, offered on http://www.anysearchmanager.com/, hijacks popular browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox on MacOS. After penetration, it replaces default search engine with own. This search engine redirects users queries to Bing or Yahoo. It is noteworthy, that Any Search Manager authors claim that Any Search Manager collets only non-Personal Information. In fact, Hijacker logs a personal information: the type of browser, the type of the user’s device and technical information pertaining to the user’s device, language preferences, time stamps, clicks and visited pages, search logs, the operating system, utilized internet service provider, IP Address, and other similar information. All collected data may be shared with third parties, including retailers or media networks. The main purpose of such actions is to provide more and more advertising linked to third parties sites. So, the program forces users to spend money. Also, the hijacker can change and block browser settings. If you find this on your Mac, then you need to remove Any Search Manager (Mac) immediately.

Any Search Manager (Mac)

How Any Search Manager gets on your Mac?

Any Search Manager installs to your computer in the form of a browser extension(For example extension for Google Chrome called “Any Search Manager DS”. It can do it hidden, sneak into a computer bundled with other free software without the user’s consent. The user may not realize that their computer is infected. Some sites create special links that hide a presence of malicious software. We recommend reading the user agreement in full and always choose an advanced installation type and don’t agree with the proposals to install the unfamiliar and unwanted program. Don’t click “Next” until you have verified that the program is safe. Follow the installation process and take your time. If your computer is already infected, then use our instructions to remove Any Search Manager from MacOS.

How to remove Any Search Manager from your Mac or PC?

To uninstall Any Search Manager remove it from Applications, then delete all leftover files and folders.

Recommended Solution:

CleanMyMac Antivirus for Mac – might be able to find Yahoo Powered Search and clean up leftover items after removal.

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Or uninstall Any Search Manager manually.

Step 1: Remove Any Search Manager from Mac

Any Search Manager 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 Any Search Manager or Any Search Manager.app.

Mac OSX:

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

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

appcleanerTo remove leftover items of unwanted application on Mac we recommend you to use AppCleaner. Just drag application you want to remove to AppCleaner window and it will search for residual data on your hard drive. This will save space of your memory and will help to remove stubborn applications from Mac systems.

Step 2: Remove malicious entries from Profiles (Mac)

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

mac profiles

After that remove Any Search Manager from your browser.

Step 3: Remove Any Search Manager from browsers


  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find Any Search Manager.
  5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the Chrome menu (3-dots icon) in the top right corner.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Any Search Manager DS.
  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 Any Search Manager.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: Remove following files and folders of Any Search Manager:

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