What is Search-mate.com (Mac)?

Search-mate.com is a browser-hijacker, analog of Weknow.ac, Searchinow.com etc. Designed by the Search-Mate company (Israel) Searchinow.com can infect user’s Mac and share users personal data with third parties, including affiliates and parent organizations. Besides, the hijacker replaces a search engine of browsers with own, based on Yahoo and Bing. It may lead to increasing of sponsored links in search results and downgrade quality of search. According to all listed facts, we recommend to remove Search-mate.com from Mac right now.

Search-mate.com Mac

How Search-mate.com gets on your Mac?

Browser hijackers haven’t any own installation app. The main method of Search-mate hijacker distribution is a bundle in different installation programs. Note: activated additional points originally approved in the custom menu lead to the installation of additional software, including Search-mate.com. Please check up custom installation menu: for preventing hijacker infiltration, you should turn off additional points. If your Mac already infected by the Search-mate.com, read our easy article to remove it completely.

How to remove Search-mate.com from your Mac or PC?

To uninstall Search-mate.com remove it from Applications, then delete all leftover files and folders.

In our view, there are 2 products that potentially have Search-mate.com in their database. You can try to use them for removing Search-mate.com.

Recommended Solution:

Bitdefender Antivirus- fully removes all instances of viruses, similar to Search-mate.com from Mac and Safari.


Download Norton

Alternative Solution:

MacClean for Mac – finds Search-mate.com and can clean up leftover items after removal.


Download MacClean for Mac


Or uninstall Search-mate.com manually.

Step 1: Remove Search-mate.com from Mac

Search-mate.com may not have app associated with it in Application. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall Search-mate.com or Search-mate Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application 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.

After that remove Search-mate.com from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Search-mate.com from browsers


  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find Search-mate.com.
  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-mate.com.
  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-mate.com.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 3: Remove following files and folders of Search-mate.com:

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Written by Tim Kas

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