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Old Feb 25th, 2020, 09:08 PM   #1
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search mine take over of safari

so a friend of mine has had search mine taken a strong hold their safari.. i have google a 1000 different fixes and done them all but the damn thing will not relinquish safari.. anyone ever had this problem ?
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As you have probably discovered already, a search for the removal instructions for Search Mine are themselves problematic, as the first 3 or 4 I found have adverts inserted throughout to download "FreshMac" and other supposed protection tools that are likely just as problematic. The instructions for the most part appear valid (remove anything unusual from the Safari --> Preferences --> Extensions window using the built-in Uninstall button; clear website data; etc.). Just don't click on anything that's offered as an application-based solution (and absolutely don't enter your admin password anytime during the process).

Have MalwareBytes and DetectX been applied? Results?

Also - in many cases I've seen removal tools successfully remove the adware, but the user forgets to do the final *manual* step of checking the Safari---> Preferences --> General tab to reset the homepage & search engine options, making it appear that the browser is still infected (and potentially re-infecting it as a result).

It shouldn't be that difficult to remove, just be methodical and complete.
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Old Feb 26th, 2020, 11:51 AM   #3
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Good Points Cuba Mark.. that said i have done deep dives into every sub folder and sections of the system and safari.. all clean and removed..
malware bytes does not find it... will try detectX
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Thank you so much for suggesting this app..

it found the 3 i missed of search mine.. but after the reboot safari is screwed and locked to it... just bizarre..
i would trash safari but apple in the stupid logical do not offer safari as an app any longer..
i have to reinstall the system so stupid...

either way thanks for the suggestion of direct x
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Thank you so much for suggesting this app..

it found the 3 i missed of search mine.. but after the reboot safari is screwed and locked to it... just bizarre..
i would trash safari but apple in the stupid logical do not offer safari as an app any longer..
i have to reinstall the system so stupid...

either way thanks for the suggestion of direct x
Have you deleted ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.safari.plist ? (there may also be a com.apple.safari.plist.locked or something like that - be sure Safari has quit before doing this, and empty the trash before relaunching Safari).
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Old Feb 26th, 2020, 03:56 PM   #6
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yup did that too.. deleted anything with com.apple.safari.*
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