Remove search.friendlysocket.com – FriendlySocket Removal
search.friendlysocket.com is a browser hijacker that targets Mac computers
search.friendlysocket.com browser hijacker is also known as a redirect virus, and mainly targets Mac devices. It is not directly damaging, so when it comes to infections, it is pretty minor. Do bear in mind, however, that hijackers redirect you to dubious web pages so they could generate traffic and profit, which is why they are not fully harmless. Hijackers use pretty sly methods to install but once they’re in, their presence become pretty noticeable. Your browser will very obviously be behaving weirdly, search results will be a mixture of sponsored content and real results and you will be randomly redirected. Users will not automatically see strange browser behaviour as a symptom of a hijacker, however, if they don’t know what it is. But if they were to google the page they are redirected to, they would get results pointing to a hijacker.
Modifications will also be made to your browser’s settings, in addition to redirecting. Another homepage/new tabs will greet you when you launch your browser, and reversing these changes might be difficult. By performing those modifications, hijackers are able to redirect you.
Hijackers cannot install by themselves because they aren’t malware or viruses, even if a lot of users refer to them as that. Users provide them permission to install unintentionally, but they do it themselves. The hijackers, as well as other infections like adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), employ software bundling to install, which is basically attaching them to free software as extra offers allowing them to install alongside. Continue reading to discover how you can stop these unwanted installations in the future.
Even if it might be quite a minor infection, it’s advised that you delete search.friendlysocket.com from your Mac promptly. The hijacker will disrupt your normal browsing but it might also expose you to malicious software, scams and other content that jeopardizes your computer.
Browser hijacker spread methods
Browser hijackers install along with freeware, as we’ve said before. That’s known as bundling software, and it is basically free programs with added extra items (hijackers, adware, etc). Those offers are hidden from users but they are permitted to install alongside, which is why software bundling is rather controversial. Take into account that if you pay attention to how you install software, you should be able to prevent the installation of these offers pretty easily.
When installing free software, it’s essential to pick Advanced (Custom) settings. The additional items won’t be made visible if you select Default settings. Picking Advanced settings makes all items visible and you’ll be able to uncheck everything. If you just deselect the items, that will be enough to stop them from installing. By avoiding unnecessary installations in the very beginning, you won’t be stuck uninstalling threats for hours later on. Also, if you pay attention when installing software, your system won’t be cluttered with junk.
More detailed information about the redirect virus
You will see browser hijacker signs right away as your Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser will be hijacked, and random redirects will happen. The hijacker’s advertised page will be set as your homepage and new tabs, and whenever you launch your browser, that is the web page you’ll be redirected to. In addition to a new homepage, your search engine will also be switched. Whenever you search via your browser address bar, the hijacker will redirect you to its promoted web page and show you altered search results. Since search results will include sponsored content, they will possibility not match what you were searching for. You’re redirected to those sponsored pages so that hijackers can generate traffic and revenue. A weird redirect can be particularly annoying, and the pages may also be harmful. As long as the hijacker remains installed, it isn’t recommended to engage with any sponsored or advertisement content. Web pages you will be redirected to might be unsecure because they are not reviewed. One of those sponsored sites may be prompting you to download dangerous malicious software or trying to fool you into falling for some type of scam. Hijackers are not particularly dangerous but they should not be permitted to stay installed either.
The hijacker will also be recording what websites you visit, your searches, IP address, what content you engage with. It’s doubtful that you want the hijacker to gather that data, let alone share it with unknown third-parties.
If you’re still unsure how harmful the hijacker is, let’s put all it does in one sentence: it used sneaky installation methods to install on your Mac without requesting your authorization, made unwanted browser’s setting changes, redirected you to questionable pages and subjected you to content that’s possibly damaging. Despite the fact that it’s not the most serious infection, you should remove search.friendlysocket.com as soon as possible.
How you could uninstall search.friendlysocket.com from your Mac computer
The easiest way to uninstall search.friendlysocket.com would be to use anti-spyware software. By using spyware removal software, you can be sure the infection has been completely removed. Manual search.friendlysocket.com removal is not too difficult either, as long as you know what you are doing and make sure to remove all hijacker files. After search.friendlysocket.com removal you shouldn’t have any issues with changing your browser’s settings back to normal.