What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)

Searchmarquis.com is a fake search engine promoted and forced on users by browser hijackers. If you suddenly find that Searchmarquis.com has been set as your homepage, your Mac likely has a browser hijacker installed. It’s one of the more minor infections and should not directly harm your computer. But it will make unwanted changes to your browser’s settings and try to redirect you to questionable, even potentially malicious websites. These infections install using a sneaky method, so it’s not surprising if you were taken by surprise by the hijacker’s appearance. There’s no reason why you should put up with this hijacker, so the sooner you remove Searchmarquis.com redirect from your Mac, the better.

 

searchmarquis.com hijacker

It’s very obvious when a browser hijacker installs on a computer so there’s no way you will miss it. Some users might not identify the infection as a browser hijacker but they will certainly notice that something’s wrong. The Searchmarquis.com redirect infection will change your browser’s settings and set Searchmarquis.com as your homepage/new tabs, as well as your default search engine. These changes can affect all popular browsers, including Google Chrome and Safari. If you try to reverse setting changes, the hijacker will just undo your changes. So until you remove Searchmarquis.com redirect from your Mac, you will not be able to make browser setting changes.

Until you get rid of the hijacker, your browser will load Searchmarquis.com every time you open your browser. The site itself is empty except for a search bar. We usually don’t recommend using search engines pushed by browser hijackers because they can lead to dangerous websites. These kinds of search engines modify search results and mix in sponsored results among legitimate ones. In most cases, those sites will just contain loads of ads. But in rarer cases, sponsored results could lead to dangerous, potentially malicious websites that hide malware or promote scams.

But in this particular case, if you use the search box on the site, you will be briefly redirected to searchbaron.com and a couple of other websites before landing on Yahoo (or Bing). You will be shown Yahoo search results so engaging with them is not dangerous. However, since you did not willingly set Yahoo as your search engine, there’s no reason to use it. Those brief redirects to searchbron.com and other sites are how the hijacker generates revenue, which is its main purpose.

You will also notice annoying ads popping up everywhere, including the “Your computer is low on memory” pop-up. If you see this pop-up, do not engage with it.

Your computer is low on memory pop-up

Keep in mind that browser hijackers track browsing and collect information. Searchmarquis.com browser hijacker will track what sites you visit, what you search for, what content you engage with, your IP address, etc. It shouldn’t collect personal information but there’s no reason to put up with any kind of data collection from a browser hijacker since you get nothing in return. Particularly because the collected data will likely be shared with unknown third parties for advertisement purposes.

How do browser hijackers install?

In most cases, users end up installing browser hijackers themselves, though it happens accidentally without them even realizing it. Browser hijackers are completely useless so users would rarely install them. To make them spread more widely, browser hijacker developers use a method known as software bundling to essentially force users to install them. It allows them to sneak past users and install without explicit permission. The way it works is adware, browser hijackers, and similar infections come attached to free software as extra offers. These offers are permitted to install alongside the programs they’re attached to automatically. Your explicit permission is not necessary. This is why software bundling is a rather controversial installation method. In many cases, programs that use it are detected as potential threats by anti-virus programs.

Those extra offers are technically optional but because they are hidden, many users fail to prevent their installations. But as long as you pay attention, you should be able to stop them from installing. During installation, you will be asked to choose between Default (Basic) and Advanced (Custom) settings. You will notice that the installation window recommends using Default settings but that is not a good idea. If you opt for Default settings, all added offers will be permitted to install without your explicit permission. If you opt for Advanced settings, however, not only will the offers be made visible, but you will also be able to deselect all of them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes of those offers. Once you have done that, you can continue installing the program.

Some offers may be presented in a way that makes them seem useful. However, you should never allow any of them to install. Software bundling is not a reliable installation method, and programs that use it should not be permitted to install on your computer. Getting rid of these infections once they’re installed can be quite troublesome. In comparison, it takes seconds to uncheck a couple of boxes.

Some hijackers may also be advertised as useful extensions. If you think you installed Searchmarquis.com redirect yourself because it was disguised as a useful tool, we suggest you research programs before installing them in the future. A simple search with Google or another search engine should be enough in most cases. We should also caution you to download programs from their official websites instead of third-party sources.

Searchmarquis.com redirect removal

The easiest way to remove Searchmarquis.com redirect from your computer is using anti-virus software. Most anti-virus programs are quite effective against browser hijackers so there should be no trouble with Searchmarquis.com redirect removal. However, since it’s not a particularly dangerous malware infection, you can try to delete Searchmarquis.com redirect manually. Though these infections can be quite annoying to deal with, you should be able to do it fairly easily. In addition to the hijacker, you should go through your extensions, and remove all unfamiliar ones as well. When the hijacker is gone, you will be able to change your browser’s settings like normal.

Remove Searchmarquis.com from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
    Finder (Applications) What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  2. Find Searchmarquis.com among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove Searchmarquis.com related files and folders

  1. Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
    Finder (Go to folder) What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  2. Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (LaunchAgents) What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  3. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  4. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  5. Type ~/Library/Application Support in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (Application Support) What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  6. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added folders and drag them to the Trash.
  7. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  8. Type ~/Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder LaunchAgents What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  9. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  10. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  11. Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (LaunchDaemons) What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  12. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.

Remove Searchmarquis.com from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
    Safari Preferences What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find Searchmarquis.com and click Uninstall.
    Safari extension (remove) What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)

Remove Searchmarquis.com from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox → Menu (the bars at the top right corner) → Add-ons and themes.
    Firefox What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  2. In the Extensions tab, find Searchmarquis.com, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
    Firefox extensions tab What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)

Remove Searchmarquis.com from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome → Menu (the three dots at the top right corner) → More Tools → Extensions.
    Google-chrome-pref What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)
  2. In Extensions, find Searchmarquis.com and click Remove.
    Google-chrome-extensions What is Searchmarquis.com Redirect (Mac)

 

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