EngageSearch is an intrusive Mac adware that may settle down on Safari and Chrome to promote affiliate websites

EngageSearch virus

EngageSearch virus

EngageSearch is a free browser add-on oriented to MacOS running machines. Although it can be downloaded from the official website, most of the users get it installed unintentionally when downloading free software from unverified sources. Due to the misleading distribution and controversial performance, this application has been classified as Mac adware and Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) that has certain browser-hijacking[1] traits.

Although the EngageSearch engine is represented in a rather professional manner, experts do not recommend installing it as it’s not going to provide useful services. Instead, it’s likely to hijack Safari and Google Chrome (other web browsers might also be affected) and, subsequently, initiate web browser redirects via akamaihd.com and promote Safe Finder search. Apart from that, users can also start receiving loads of catchy ads most of which correspond to the users’ browsing history. Thus, if you see this app installed, employ a robust Mac anti-malware and remove EngageSearch virus from the system without a delay. 

Name EngageSearch
Type of malware Adware with come browser hijacking traits
Sub-type Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Symptoms Web browser’s slowdowns
Altered web browser’s settings (start page, search engine, new tab window, etc.)
Common redirects via akamaihd.com website
Safe Finder search engine set as a default
No way for getting Google, Bing or other search results
Intrusive ads generated on random websites
Compatibility macOS adapted software
Distribution The direct download can be found on some unreputable download websites. However, the biggest risk of accidental malware download is related to the reckless freeware[2] installation process.
 Removal ]Adware removal is not a difficult task to accomplish. However, it’s recommended to use an anti-malware tool to get rid of it because a bunch of other PUPs might have been installed alongside. Those who opt for eliminating it manually can rely on a step-by-step tutorial that is given below. 
Fix the damage Post-malware system treatment requires an in-depth scan with a professional repair tool. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

EngageSearch virus is a term that is most frequently used to describe this Mac app. Such classification has several reasons:

  • The app usually gets installed behind the user’s back (disguised under freeware installation setup);
  • Upon installation, it triggers havoc within the web browser, i.e. altered settings, inability to access Google;
  • Intrusive ads, pop-ups, banners, interstitial ads, and other forms of advertising content on random websites emerge;
  • Web browser slows down and frequently freezes;
  • Web browser’s cookies, web beacons, and similar tracking software might be installed to harvest peoples’ web browsing history, etc.
  • Ongoing redirects to the akamaihd-related websites disrupt web browsing activities, etc.

The main symptoms of the EngageSearch Mac adware to be installed on the machine manifest within the web browser. The app may install some web browser’s add-ons, extensions, set Safe Finder as a default start page (does not allow replacing it), and enables some Push Notifications. 

Apart from the mentioned changes, the EngageSearch virus displays altered search results, which contain links to affiliated domains. The same applies to the advertising content that the user may receive. Despite the fact that the ads may be eye-catching, the may contain irrelevant links, which once clicked may expose you to suspicious or even malware-laden websites. 

As we have also mentioned, the EngageSearch removal should not be questioned because the app may also be involved in data-tracking, storing, and sharing activities. Thus, to prevent ongoing leakage of the search queries, mostly visited websites, IP address, geolocation, etc. get rid of the adware asap. 

In order to remove EngageSearch Mac virus easily, we recommend using a professional anti-malware utility. It will ensure an in-depth system scan and a proper malware elimination process. After that, ensure virus damage fix using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego tool.

EngageSearch redirect virus
EngageSearch is an intrusive web browser extension that claims to provide people with individualized search results. However, it alters settings and displays sponsored settings instead

EngageSearch redirect virus
EngageSearch is an intrusive web browser extension that claims to provide people with individualized search results. However, it alters settings and displays sponsored settings instead

Misleading ads on shady sites and freeware bundles should be treated carefully

The Internet is a huge advertising platform. That’s an undeniable fact. However, some advertisements are well-prepared by reliable marketing managers and offer reliable, usually useful, services, products, software, or whatnot. Unfortunately, affiliate marketing can sometimes be misleading and trick into downloading malware. 

To protect yourself from seeing commercial content when web browsing, it’s very important to keep the machine adware and browser hijacker-free. This type of malware is not dangerous; however, they can be misused for initiating misleading advertising schemes. 

Third-party ad-supported applications are distributed via misleading click-bait ads or freeware bundles. Thus, if clicking on a random website ends up with a download of some suspicious .exe file, do not open the file because it may be a suspicious extension, namely adware. 

In addition, be very cautious when downloading freeware and shareware. Opt for the Advanced/Custom installation option all the time and monitor the entire process carefully. If you notice some statements saying that you agree with the installation of browser-based apps or any other components, reject their installation by removing the checkmarks.

EngageSearch setting changes
EngageSearch adware has some browser-hijacking traits as it may set Safe Finder as a default search engine.

EngageSearch setting changes
EngageSearch adware has some browser-hijacking traits as it may set Safe Finder as a default search engine.

Learn how to eliminate EngageSearch ads and stop intrusive redirects

Although adware and other browser-based malware does not affect the system directly, experts from Virusai.lt[3] recommend people to employ a proper system cleaning tool to remove EngageSearch virus and all associated files. It is possible to restore all affected processes and system performance by changing certain settings and cleaning up the web browser. 

EngageSearch removal is a process that requires paying close attention to details and relying on a professional application that could automatically check the machine and delete all potentially unwanted programs completely. Manual removal cannot ensure a complete system cleaning, so it’s always best to have a professional anti-malware and scan the system regularly. 

Besides, a manual EngageSearch removal also poses a risk of leaving active malware components that may interfere with the normal system’s performance. Thus, if you decide to eliminate the malware manually, take proper care to fix the libraries and ensure that the system has been properly restored to the state before the malware attack. This can be done with a tool, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

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Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

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