Easy methods to delete OurSearchOffer PUA in Mac computer
OurSearchOffer is another rough application categorised as Mac Malware or Mac Virus. This dubious application operates by delivering malicious advertisements campaigns in the form banners, coupons, notifications, fake security alert, fake software updates alert and other types of advertisements. This misleading application displays various fake offers. Ads by OurSearchOffer might be malicious and can infect your computer by triggering adware, PUAs or malware in your Mac computer.
OurSearchOffer PUA attempts to make several unwanted changes in your browser’s settings and/or system’s settings without your knowledge. As false-positive security program, this application checks your system for any present malicious programs or malware and deletes them. However, it urges you to get its license or update version to get advanced features. In order to download or purchase license version of OurSearchOffer application, it triggers other PUAs, adware or malware in your computer with aimed of infecting your Mac computer.
As mentioned, this rough application runs malicious advertisements campaigns that are designed to redirect you to other shady/questionable website or can cause unwanted software downloads/installation. These rough applications make several unwanted changes in your system’s settings in order to promote PUAs or malware. Also, cybercriminals behind this attack can take advantages of bugs or issues in software installed in your computer and exploits software bugs to trigger other harmful malware like Trojans, ransomware or other malware in your Mac computer.
PUAs are also designed to monitor your online activities and collect your browsing-related data or other sensitive data. They can collect your some information such as IP address, URLs search, username & password of your various accounts, banking information and more details. They can share these collected data with other cybercriminals or third-party to generate some income from them. In other words, this rough application is unsafe at all. So, it is important to find and remove OurSearchOffer adware in computer.
How did you get OurSearchOffer adware in computer?
In some cases, PUAs, adware or malware are distributed through other software package as additional offers. This false marketing method of packaging regular or legitimate software with PUAs, adware or malware is known as Software Bundling Method – the mostly used mechanism by cybercriminals. If you choose ‘Recommended/Quick/Express’ settings instead of choosing ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ settings in setup of software installation, then you install all additional programs included in software package into computer and this way, all malicious additions can also be installed. PUAs can also be downloaded/installed from malicious advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts.
How to protect your system against PUAs, adware or malware?
It is strongly recommended to double-research the software before download/installation or purchases. You should be alert while browsing internet and avoid downloading/installing any applications from unofficial/unsafe sources. You should always try to download any applications from official & verified sources and choose ‘Custom/Advanced/Manual’ installation if you want to avoid browser hijackers, PUAs, or malware. Additionally, you should run system scan for malware or viruses with some powerful antivirus software regularly.
Remove Files and Folders Related to OurSearchOffer
Open the “Menu” bar and click the “Finder” icon. Select “Go” and click on “Go to Folder…”
Step 1: Search the suspicious and doubtful malware generated files in /Library/LaunchAgents folder
Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to Folder” option
In the “Launch Agent” folder, search for all the files that you have recently downloaded and move them to “Trash”. Few of the examples of files created by browser-hijacker or adware are as follow, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.Itvbit.plist”, installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, and “kuklorest.update.plist” and so on.
Step 2: Detect and remove the files generated by the adware in “/Library/Application” Support folder
In the “Go to Folder..bar”, type “/Library/Application Support”
Search for any suspicious newly added folders in “Application Support” folder. If you detect any one of these like “NicePlayer” or “MPlayerX” then send them to “Trash” folder.
Step 3: Look for the files generated by malware in /Library/LaunchAgent Folder:
Go to Folder bar and type /Library/LaunchAgents
You are in the “LaunchAgents” folder. Here, you have to search for all the newly added files and move them to “Trash” if you find them suspicious. Some of the examples of suspicious files generated by malware are “myppes.download.plist”, “installmac.AppRemoved.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist” and so on.
Step4: Go to /Library/LaunchDaemons Folder and search for the files created by malware
Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go To Folder” option
In the newly opened “LaunchDaemons” folder, search for any recently added suspicious files and move them to “Trash”. Examples of some of the suspicious files are “com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preference.plist”, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist” and so on.
Step 5: Use Combo Cleaner Anti-Malware and Scan your Mac PC
The malware infections could be removed from the Mac PC if you execute all the steps mentioned above in the correct way. However, it is always advised to be sure that your PC is not infected. It is suggested to scan the work-station with “Combo Cleaner Anti-virus”.
Once the file gets downloaded, double click on combocleaner.dmg installer in the newly opened window. Next is to open the “Launchpad” and press on “Combo Cleaner” icon. It is advised to wait until “Combo Cleaner” updates the latest definition for malware detection. Click on “Start Combo Scan” button.
A depth scan of your Mac PC will be executed in order to detect malware. If the Anti-virus scan report says “no threat found” then you can continue with guide further. On the other hand, it is recommended to delete the detected malware infection before continuing.
Now the files and folders created by the adware is removed, you have to remove the rogue extensions from the browsers.
Remove OurSearchOffer from Internet Browsers
Delete Doubtful and Malicious Extension from Safari
Go to “Menu Bar” and open “Safari” browser. Select “Safari” and then “Preferences”
In the opened “preferences” window, select “Extensions” that you have recently installed. All such extensions should be detected and click the “Uninstall” button next to it. If you are doubtful then you can remove all the extensions from “Safari” browser as none of them are important for smooth functionality of the browser.
In case if you continue facing unwanted webpage redirections or aggressive advertisements bombarding, you can reset the “Safari” browser.
Open the Safari menu and choose “preferences…” from the drop-down menu.
Go to the “Extension” tab and set the extension slider to “Off” position. This disables all the installed extensions in the Safari browser
Next step is to check the homepage. Go to “Preferences…” option and choose “General” tab. Change the homepage to your preferred URL.
Also check the default search-engine provider settings. Go to “Preferences…” window and select the “Search” tab and select the search-engine provider that you want such as “Google”.
Next is to clear the Safari browser Cache- Go to “Preferences…” window and select “Advanced” tab and click on “Show develop menu in the menu bar.“
Go to “Develop” menu and select “Empty Caches”.
Remove website data and browsing history. Go to “Safari” menu and select “Clear History and Website Data”. Choose “all history” and then click on “Clear History”.
Remove Unwanted and Malicious Plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox
Delete OurSearchOffer add-ons from Mozilla Firefox
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser. Click on the “Open Menu” present in the top right corner of the screen. From the newly opened menu, choose “Add-ons”.
Go to “Extension” option and detect all the latest installed add-ons. Select each of the suspicious add-ons and click on “Remove” button next to them.
In case if you want to “reset” the Mozilla Firefox browser then follow the steps that has been mentioned below.
Reset Mozilla Firefox Settings
Open the Firefox Mozilla browser and click on “Firefox” button situated at the top left corner of the screen.
In the new menu, go to “Help” sub-menu and choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click on “Reset Firefox” button.
Confirm that you want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to default by pressing on “Reset Firefox” option
The browser will get restarted and the settings changes to factory default
Delete Unwanted and Malicious Extensions from Google Chrome
Open the chrome browser and click on “Chrome menu”. From the drop down option, choose “More Tools” and then “Extensions”.
In the “Extensions” option, search for all the recently installed add-ons and extensions. Select them and choose “Trash” button. Any third-party extension is not important for the smooth functionality of the browser.
Reset Google Chrome Settings
Open the browser and click on three line bar at the top right side corner of the window.
Go to the bottom of the newly opened window and select “Show advanced settings”.
In the newly opened window, scroll down to the bottom and choose “Reset browser settings”
Click on the “Reset” button on the opened “Reset browser settings” window
Restart the browser and the changes you get will be applied
The above mentioned manual process should be executed as it is mentioned. It is a cumbersome process and requires a lot of technical expertise. And hence it is advised for technical experts only. To be sure that your PC is free from malware, it is better that you scan the work-station with a powerful anti-malware tool. The automatic malware removal application is preferred because it doesn’t requires any additional technical skills and expertise.
Download the application and execute it on the PC to begin the depth scanning. Once the scanning gets completed, it shows the list of all the files related to OurSearchOffer. You can select such harmful files and folders and remove them immediately.