|Brief Description:||Adware are unwanted programs that can pose serious threats on the computer.|
If Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are your mostly used browser, you must pay attention to the latest browser hijacker. The name or address is Search.friendlysocket.com. It was designed to change your home page to own search engine. New tab also redirects to the same web address. This method by cyber criminals aims on delivering advertisements after your search query. Instead of just useful links, Search.friendlysocket.com search results will contain ads that can be mistakenly view as part of your inquiry. As a result, a click on said links will direct the browser to advertiser’s web site.
Suspicious web sites, adware, and third-party software commonly distributes Search.friendlysocket.com. Adware authors uses bundling system in which adware are embedded to freeware. Naive users may never know that by installing free software, they may get adware too.
Once adware is mounted on the computer, home page normally exhibits the first sign of infection. Main browser page now shows Search.friendlysocket.com. Same with default search engine. Although, there are cases that user can easily reverse changes made by adware, but most of the time, Search.friendlysocket.com sticks on the browser.
Search.friendlysocket.com hijacker knows your preferences in terms of product you are interested with, visited web sites, and other vital information while you are online. This adware has the ability to track your browsing habit and records vital information.
Now that you understand how risky it is to have Search.friendlysocket.com, you have no other choice but to get rid of it. You can follow the procedures below to completely remove Search.friendlysocket.com and other adware from your browser and Mac computer as well.
Procedures to Remove Search.friendlysocket.com
Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.
Remove Search.friendlysocket.com from Safari browser
1. Open Safari browser.
2. Go to Safari menu.
3. Choose "Preferences".
4. This will open the Safari settings dialog box.
5. Please select "Extensions" tab to see list of installed extensions.
6. Select Search.friendlysocket.com from the list. If not found, it may be hiding under a different name. Look for unknown or suspicious item.
7. Turn off the extension by removing the Check Mark on the box beside "Enable Search.friendlysocket.com extension". You can also Uninstall the extension if you need to permanently remove it from the computer.
8. Please close Safari browser at the moment and proceed to the next procedure.
Manually delete all files dropped by the adware
1. Navigate the Apple Menu bar and click on "Go". Then, select "Go to Folder".
2. Copy and paste, or type the following line in the field and press Enter on your keyboard:
3. LaunchAgents folder should open at this point. Look for items with the following file name:
- .com. Search.friendlysocket.com.agent.plist
4. Move each file to the Trash. This action may require administrator privilege. If you are not logged in as administrator, you need to provide required password.
5. Go to a different folder again using procedure from Step 1 and copy and paste or type the following line:
6. Do the same process as in Step 3 and move each file to the Trash.
7. Next, we need to look at Application Support folder. Using the same method as above. Go to this location:
8. Find the same files as in Step 3 and drag them to the Trash.
9. Go back to Apple Menu and then select Applications from the drop-down list.
10. Delete the following folders just in case they do exist.
Note: Malware may use alternative names instead of Search.friendlysocket.com to mislead security programs as well as users. If in case the above list is not present, please look for unfamiliar or suspicious items containing the same extension as update.plist, ltvbit.plist, and download.plist.
Scan with MBAM to easily get rid of Search.friendlysocket.com
1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac from the link below.
2. Drag the downloaded file MBAM-Mac-[version].dmg to Applications folder.
3. Under Applications folder, right-click on Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and select "Open" from the given choices.
4. After opening the tool, click on the "Scan" button to start checking the computer for presence of Search.friendlysocket.com and other malware.
5. When scanning is done, the tool will display all identified threats. Be sure to select malicious items.
6. Click on "Remove Selected Items" to delete the threats.
We hope that the procedures and removal tool on this page was able to help you in removing Search.friendlysocket.com. Your computer should now be malware free.