How to Remove Prudensearch.com – Safari, Chrome, Firefox (Mac Guide)

Prudensearch.com is a browser hijacker. Prudensearch.com collects non-personal as personal information from the Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox web browser on Mac OS.

Non-personal information gathered by Prudensearch.com consists of the IP-address, the kind of web browser used, the type of the user’s device, technical information concerning to the user’s device, language preferences, time stamps, advertisement clicks, visited web pages, search logs through Prudensearch.com, the operating system installed, and the used internet service provider.

Prudensearch.com will share the information with third parties, including retailers, media networks, feed providers, as well as for the purpose of developing or delivering content (whether via their Service, or websites, applications, or services of third parties).

Prudensearch.com is commonly installed without the knowledge of the user. Prudensearch.com is installed through rogue – malicious software installations.

Adware is a universal alias for malware-type applications that infect the computer without the knowledge of the PC user.

Prudensearch.com adware causes unwanted changes in the web browser that cannot be easily reverted by the user. Prudensearch.com displays many offensive and intrusive – unwanted advertisements as in-content ads in the Prudensearch.com search results.

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Summary:
Prudensearch.com: Download Prudensearch.com removal tool for Mac
Distribution: Adware, intrusive popup ads
Affected Mac OS Browsers: Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

Adware e.g. ad-supported malware is responsible for the Prudensearch.com search engine in the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge web browser. Adware and PUPs – potentially unwanted programs infiltrate the computer bundled with additional software that you can download from the Internet.

Adware is usually suggested as a helpful add-on or a third party software application during a software installation process.

It is important to note that the Prudensearch.com search engine is also served by pop-ups in the browser.

In this way, adware developers try to deceive the user to install the Prudensearch.com browser hijacker. Adware developers often claim that the Prudensearch.com search engine offers a number of advantages over legitimate search engines.

In reality, Prudensearch.com is designed for in-content advertisements to generate income through pay per click ads within the search results.

The Prudensearch.com search engine does not provide any advantage over legitimate search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo.

Prudensearch.com is only built for revenue generation purposes and is dangerous for your online privacy. Follow this step by step instructions to get rid of the Prudensearch.com search engine in the web browser.

How to remove Prudensearch.com?

 

Remove AdminPref, Chrome or Safari profile from Mac

Prudensearch installs a profile to prevent users from uninstalling Prudensearch, please follow instructions.

Click the Apple icon in the top left corner. Open System Preferences, search for a settingProfiles” (make sure to translate “Profiles” in your Mac OS installed language if your language is other then English) in the upper right corner (Search) within the System Preferences and find a profile called AdminPrefs, Chrome profile, or Safari profile, click the “-” button to remove the administrator profile.

Adware is known to install a fake administrator profile to prevent users from modifying web browser settings. Below you see an image of a malicious Mac profile.

 adminprefs mac profile

If you are unable to find the malicious profile on your Mac, scan with Malwarebytes (free) or Combo Cleaner (paid) to remove the Prudensearch adware.

There are two versions of prudensearch adware, one which installs a profile and one without a malicious profile.

Combo Cleaner – Clean your Mac from Viruses, Junkware and Uninstall Unwanted Applications

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.

install combo cleaner

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

combo cleaner updating virus definitions

  • Click "Start Combo Scan”.

combo cleaner start virus scan


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Remove Prudensearch.com 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.

malwarebytes mac - turn on protection

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

malwarebytes mac - allow system extension

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

malwarebytes mac - allow security settings

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

malwarebytes mac - activation complete

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.

malwarebytes mac - scan now

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.

malwarebytes mac - remove threats

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.

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Uninstall Prudensearch extension from Safari

Open the Safari web browser on your Mac. In the top left corner click on Safari and select Preferences from the menu.
Open the General tab and change the following settings

Remove Prudensearch.com homepage from Safari

Safari opens with: A new window
New windows open with: Homepage
New tabs open with: Favorites
Homepage: enter a homepage of your choice.

safari homepage settings

Continue to the next step.

Remove Prudensearch.com search engine from Safari

Open the Search tab and change the search engine to Google, Yahoo, Bing or DuckDuckGo.

safari mac search engine settings

Continue to the next step

Remove Prudensearch.com browser extension from Safari

Open the tab Extensions and remove all extension you don’t know or need with the Uninstall button.
Helpertips, Prudensearch.com or PlayerWeb are examples of malicious adware – Safari browser extensions, your installed extensions list in Safari may look different.

safari rogue extensions

Do you still experience adware, unwanted advertisements or any malware application after this step?
Perform an adware scan with Malwarebytes to remove the adware left over from your Mac computer.


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Remove Prudensearch.com from Google Chrome

Prudensearch.com installs in the Google Chrome web browser on Mac, most often as a browser extension. In this step, I show you how to remove the Prudensearch.com browser extension from Google Chrome and how to reset your homepage, new tab or search engine to one of your choice.

Remove Prudensearch.com browser extension from Google Chrome on Mac

First, we need to remove the Prudensearch.com adware browser extension that might be installed in Google Chrome. Some extensions prevent users from reverting the homepage, search engine or new tab as these extensions are controlling the homepage, new tab or search engine settings.

Open Google Chrome, in the right top corner in Chrome, click on the three vertical dots (menu). Expand the menu and click More Tools > Extensions.

chrome mac open extensions

In the extensions panel, search for any unknown browser extensions such as Prudensearch.com and remove the extension(s) with the Remove button. If you have never installed any browser extensions in Chrome on Mac remove all extensions listed.

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Reset Prudensearch.com homepage or new tab in Google Chrome for Mac

Goto the Google Chrome settings, scroll down to “On Startup”. Select Open The New Tab page or Open a specific page or set of pages and enter a homepage URL of your choice in the add a new page field. Save settings.

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Reset Prudensearch.com search engine in Google Chrome for Mac

In the Google Chrome settings, find “Search engine” and open Manage search engines settings.

chrome mac manage search engine settings

Find the search engine you would like to set as default e.g. Google, Google search engine will replace the Prudensearch.com unwanted search engine.

chrome search engine settings mac

Click on the three vertical dots on the right next to the malicious search engine and click Remove from the list.

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Do you still experience adware, unwanted advertisements or any malware application after this step?
Perform an adware scan with Malwarebytes to remove the adware left over from your Mac computer.

firefox mac Remove Prudensearch.com from Firefox

Prudensearch.com adware installs in the Mozilla Firefox web browser on your Mac, most often as a browser extension. In this step, I show you how to remove the browser extension from Firefox and how to reset your homepage, new tab or search engine to one of your choice.

Remove Prudensearch.com add-on from Firefox on Mac

First, we need to remove the Prudensearch.com add-on that is installed in Firefox. Some add-ons prevent users from reverting the Firefox homepage, Firefox search engine or Firefox new tab as these add-ons are controlling the homepage, new tab or search engine settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, in the right top corner of Firefox, click on the three horizontal stripes (menu) and expand the menu and open Add-ons.

firefox mac open menu

In the add-on (extensions) panel, search for the Prudensearch.com add-on any unknown add-on and remove the addon(s) with the Remove button. If you have never installed any add-ons in Firefox on Mac remove all add-ons listed.

adware extensions firefox

Remove Prudensearch.com homepage and New tab in Firefox for Mac

In the Firefox Preferences, on the left click on Home. Change Homepage and new windows to “Firefox Home (Default)” or “Custom URL” and enter the homepage of your choice. Also, change the New tabs to “Firefox Home (Default)” or “Blank Page”.

firefox homepage settings mac

Remove Prudensearch.com search engine in Firefox for Mac

In the Firefox preferences, click on Search in the left menu. Scroll down a bit and click the button “Restore Default Search Engines”

firefox restore default search engine

Scroll up to the “Default Search Engine” settings. Change “Choose the default search engine to use in the address bar and search bar.” to your desired search engine, e.g. Google.
Save settings and restart Firefox.

firefox mac change default search engine

Do you still experience adware, unwanted advertisements or any malware application after this step?
Perform an adware scan with Malwarebytes to remove the adware left over from your Mac computer.

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