Get rid of Search Awesome adware – Mac OS Safari, Chrome, Firefox

By | July 27, 2018

Search Awesome is Adware, Search Awesome displays, pop-ups and injects advertisements on websites. Search Awesome displays intrusive Coupons, Discounts codes and creates annoying redirects to unwanted or even malicious sites in the Safari, Chrome, Firefox web browser for Mac OS.

Search Awesome adware for Mac is identical to the SearchAwesome adware for Windows. SearchAwesome tracks and monitors your internet browser activity using several tracking advertisement networks. By doing so, Search Awesome generate’s tracking information, collect’s information and sell’s or even use this information for marketing purposes. Adware, in general, is built to generate revenue for its developers and publishers during installation with other software downloaded from the internet.

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Search Awesome for Mac

Search Awesome for Mac is distributed with free software you can download from the internet. This deceptive installer offers SearchAwesome as an additional bundle while installing other software.

How to Prevent Search Awesome?

It is recommended to always read the Terms and Agreements and EULA’s before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast through the installation process “Next” or “OK” button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install.

If the installer “Download Client” offers an Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software delivered and installed during the installation process.

Remove Search Awesome – Mac Removal Instructions

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Step 1 – Combo Cleaner: Remove Search Awesome

malwarebytesStep 2 – Remove Search Awesome with Malwarebytes for Mac

computer_icon_32Step 3 – Remove Search Awesome from Safari, Chrome or Firefox for Mac

Use Combo Cleaner to remove Search Awesome adware for Mac

Download Combo Cleaner.

  • Double-click the downloaded file.
  • In the opened window drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto the Mac application's icon.

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  • Open Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.
  • Wait until the antivirus engine downloads it's virus definition updates.

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  • Click "Start Combo Scan”.

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Remove Search Awesome adware from Mac with Malwarebytes


Malwarebytes for Mac is a free tool that scans for and removes threats that attack your system or your data, introduce unwanted behaviors, and degrade performance. Making your Mac, once again, your Mac.

Download Malwarebytes for Mac

Before installing Malwarebytes for Mac you need the following specifications, MacOS 10.10 or higher and a working internet connection for product and malware definition updates.
Hardware specifications; Core 2 Duo CPU or faster with 2 GB RAM, 40 MB free hard disk space and an 800x650 minimum screen resolution.

Install Malwarebytes for Mac, follow installation instructions. After installation turn on protection.

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In order to protect your Mac against malware, Malwarebytes wants to install a system extension. Click the "Open Security Preferences" button to allow Malwarebytes.

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In the "Security & Privacy" settings on your Mac, click Allow to install Malwarebytes properly.

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Malwarebytes is successfully installed and activated for a 30-day trial license including real-time protection.
Click Done to continue.

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In the Malwarebytes dashboard, click "Scan now" to launch a malware scan on your Mac. The time it takes to perform a malware scan with Malwarebytes is around 1-2 minutes for Mac.

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In the scan overview, you see a summary of the malware found by Malwarebytes on your Mac. Click "Confirm" to start the malware removal on your Mac.

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Malwarebytes wants to reboot your Mac to complete the removal process, reboot your Mac. The malware is now removed from your Mac and the Mac is protected against future adware and malware infections.

Malwarebytes for Mac Features

Cleans infected Mac from Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs and malware such as Ransomware (yes, it exists for Mac), Spyware, Viruses. Prevents Mac virus, spyware, and malware infections from drive-by infections or Pay Per Install download managers.

Proactively blocks adware and unwanted programs from infecting you Mac and Browser. No more toolbars, pop-up redirects and browser hijackers. Update to the latest Malwarebytes protection automatically. The latest updates are protecting your Mac computer daily from the newest infections. Free and fully to use 30 days trial in the premium license. Malware removal is always free with Malwarebytes for Mac.


osx safariRemove Search Awesome – Safari Mac

You can set any web page as your homepage, and have it shown when you open a new window or a new tab.

  • Change homepage settings:
    Choose Safari > Preferences, then click General.
  • Set your homepage: Enter a web page address in the Homepage field, or click Set to Current Page to use the web page you are currently viewing.
  • Open new windows on your homepage: Click the “New windows open with” pop-up menu, then choose Homepage.
  • Open new tabs on your homepage: Click the “New tabs open with” pop-up menu, then choose Homepage.
  • Quickly open your homepage:
    Choose History > Home.

reset google chrome mac osxRemove Search Awesome – Google Chrome Mac

You can reset your browser settings in Chrome any time. You might need to do this if apps or extensions you installed changed your settings without your knowledge. Your saved bookmarks and passwords won’t be cleared or changed.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  5. Under the section “Reset settings,” click Reset settings.
  6. In the box that appears, click Reset.

reset firefox mac osxRemove Search Awesome – Mozilla Firefox Mac

  1. Open the Firefox browser.
  2. On the address field, type in about:support and hit Enter.
  3. Click Reset Firefox button.
  4. A window will appear showing the details of this action.
  5. Click Reset Firefox button.
  6. Click Done.
Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. Every day I blog about new adware threats as they are released. I am also active in various online communities to help people with their computer problems. Stay safe!