What is Smart Search

Smart Search is a browser hijacker presented as a useful browser extension. According to its name, developers wanted to instill that it can generate wiser searching queries based on users’ preferences. It has a relatively minimalistic interface likewise other legitimate search engines like Google, Yandex, and Yahoo. If your computer is infected, Smart Search will, therefore, alter browsing settings and change your homepage address to smartsearch.pw or searchsmart.com which will be displayed each time you open the browser. There were also found a couple of similar domains like smartsearch.top and thesmartsearch.net that look pretty same. The set-ups of the browser allow hackers to collect browsing information. IP-addresses, geolocations, passwords and other valuable data can be transmitted and used by third-parties for revenue purposes. Smart Search has been spotted on all popular browsers like Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox targeting its victims. Fake search engine extensions can also disturb your browsing experience by redirecting to other infectious pages and showing intrusive pop-ups that force you into inadvertently downloading adware. The presence of Smart Search can spread malicious content that can cause potential privacy issues. This is why we strongly recommend removing Smart Search from your computer by following the guide below.

smartsearch.pw

How Smart Search infected your computer

Smart Search can be promoted via rogue installation set-ups that can be picked up from other malware-hosting resources. Because most users download programs from freeware hosting websites, Smart Search could come along with other intentionally downloaded software. This method is called bundling and has been very popular around extortionists. When people install a randomly downloaded program, there might be some other application offer concealed under “Advanced/Custom” sections that people tend to skip. By doing so, users inadvertently allow unknown software to be installed on their computers, therefore, changing the entire browser interface like Smart Search. Adware distribution can also be one of the infiltration ways. It is usually installed through fake notification pop-ups that can be stumbled on redirected pages from other questionable websites. Smart Search is a scamming tool that endangers your device and has to be deleted immediately. Read the step-by-step removal guide down below.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download ComboCleaner

To remove Smart Search completely, we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner. It can help you remove files, folders and registry keys of Smart Search and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Combo Cleaner offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download CleanMyMacX

To remove Smart Search completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMacX. It can help you remove files, folders and registry keys of Smart Search and uninstall hijackers, toolbars and unwanted add-ons from Safari browser.

Remove Smart Search manually for free

Here is the manual step-by-step tutorial for full Smart Search removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Smart Search installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Important update: Smart Search hijacker installs malicious Device Profile called AdminPrefs on MacOS, that won’t allow users to make changes to browser search engine and homepage settings. Follow instructions below to remove this profile.

Remove Smart Search profile

  1. Go to System Preferences and click on Profiles.
  2. In the list of profiles on the left side choose AdminPrefs and click on “-” button to remove it.
  3. In your case it can be named differently, in this case remove all visible profiles. Check the picture below to see how it looks like.
  4. remove Smart Search profile from system preferences

Remove Smart Search from Applications

Remove Smart Search from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Smart Search might have an Uninstaller. If you see Uninstall Smart Search or Smart Search Uninstaller, double-click it and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Otherwise, drag from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Cannot uninstall Smart Search

If you can’t uninstall Smart Search using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Smart Search. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Smart Search from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Smart Searchy.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove Smart Search add-on from your browsers

Removing Smart Search from Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It is a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the Smart Search extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Smart Search extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find Smart Search extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Smart Search extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Reset browser settings

To finish Smart Search removal reset your browser settings to make sure, there are no leftover items in browser folders.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Reset Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox… button.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox to confirm.

Remove following files and folders of Smart Search


~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.SmartSearch.plist
~/Library/Safari/Extensions/SmartSearch.safariextz
~/Library/Application Support/Smart Search

How to protect Mac OSX from hijackers, like Smart Search

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