How to remove Cultsearch.pw from MAC OS

In this article, we give you instructions how to remove Cultsearch.pw from MAC OS and browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Cultsearch.pw

Cultsearch.pw is the adware: the tool that is totally not useful and does not have a single useful function. Frankly speaking, advertising tools cause significant harm to the system as a whole, and the amount of damage grows in proportion to the time that the Cultsearch.pw spent in the OS. Most adware are developed by cooperative of hackers. The rest of the swindlers who use them simply switch the logo, in uncommon cases adding minor improvements, and more often improving nothing at all, simply by buying a ready-made installation file for distribution of adware at criminal websites. The ground for the fast dissemination of adware can be substantiated literally by one sentence. Advertising tools allow web-criminals to get lots of money while staying in total safety. Of course, the most grandiose swindles such as botnets, including a bunch of PC's, engage the attention of government, but smaller games often go scot-free. The ground for such safety is that adware, like each licensed tool nowadays, has specified purpose, and before installing such tool, the customer protocolary admits the conditions for its usage, by ticking the checkbox. Of course, no one cares about terms and conditions, and this directly benefits scammers.

Now let's inspect virus' actions and the fruits of contamination. Hackers spread Cultsearch.pw through easy method called bundling. The essence of the technique consists in affiliating few "viruses" into one pack with a single helpful utility, and putting the pack for free access. If the licensed tool placed in the package is really helpful, adware will promptly spread over the Web. This manner is plain and penny-ante, and allows fraudsters to acquire several aims simultaneously:

  • Each package involves several unwanted utilities, so, fraudsters do not need to build a certain presentment and a web-page for every single one of them.
  • Bundling does not take a lot of labor and funds: hackers only had to place perilous bundle in the Web once, and sometimes check it to see if download is closed.
  • Fraudsters are perfectly shielded by the manner of distribution, as users voluntarily download the viruses and accept the terms of their usage.

The package's habitude is that you can't open it, as the installation is the only option. Through installation the victim sees a checkbox where he has to pick from two installation options, which are called "recommended" and "advanced". The names of those manners may vary a bit based on the version, though the backbone is one. Talking about paid utilities, the emergence of that window means that the customer can choose the preset options or remove meaningless applications, but in Cultsearch.pw's case such window is the possibility to protect the system from virus infestation. If the customer simply skips the window, or deliberately opts the "safe" manner, then all viruses from the package get installed on his computer.

How to remove Cultsearch.pw

Step 1. Check recently added applications

  • Click Applications in the Finder sidebar
  • Drag unwanted program to the Trash
  • Empty Trash

Step 2. Clean the browser

Safari

  • Start Safari browser
  • Display a menu of General Safari Settings
  • Reset Safari...
  • Press "Reset"

Google Chrome

Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

 

Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Delete suspicious extensions:

 

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

 

Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Step 3. Scan the system

Scan the system with antimalware scanner to delete infected elements, if they stayed.

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