How to uninstall (remove) SearchMine.net

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What is SearchMine.net?

SearchMine.net is a browser hijacker for Mac OS. A browser hijacker is a piece of software that can change homepage, new tab page or default search engine of a browser and take measures to prevent users from changing those settings back. SearchMine does that by adding a new profile to System Preferences to make www.searchmine.net the default search engine, homepage, etc. SearchMine.net redirects users’ searches to opti-page.com, webcrawler.com and other unwanted search engines. Other than altering browser settings, browser hijackers often keep track of users’ browsing activity and use this information to display customized ads on webpages users visit, or sell it to third parties. We recommend you to remove SearchMine.com browser hijacker from your Mac.

A screenshot of https://www.searchmine.net (Mac virus)

How SearchMine.net gets on your Mac?

Usually Searchmine.net 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 SearchMine, get installed on their Macs. Other ways for Searchmine.net 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 SearchMine.net took over your browser, you may follow our tutorial to remove SearchMine.net from your Mac.

Recommended Anti-malware tools:

The easiest and modern way of removing hijackers, pop-ups, Trojans, ransomware or other viruses is to use automatic removal tools. See our Anti-malware tools below for further instructions.

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MacOS versions

Also, you can try to remove SearchMine.net manually.

Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove SearchMine.net from Mac

SearchMine.net 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 SearchMine.net or SearchMine.net.app.

Mac OSX:

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

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find Weknow 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 Weknow 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 Weknow 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.

1 Comment

  1. ok! I tried all of these steps on my mac and they didn’t work. Previously, i tried malware bytes, i tried ccleaner, i tried resetting. Only Combo Cleaner works perfectly!

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