Searchsymphony.com is a website that takes over the web browsers of some unlucky Mac users. It appears to be an adware infection, likely caused by a malicious app or a browser add-on. It reads people’s search queries and opens various ads in their browsers.
To get rid of Searchsymphony.com, it’s needed to find and delete the malicious app and browser extension, as well as to restore the settings that might have been changed.
Searchsymphony Com Redirects quicklinks
- What is Searchsymphony.com?
- How to stop Searchsymphony.com redirects
- Find and remove suspicious browser extensions
- Delete suspicious files and settings
- Avoid suspicious apps and websites
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- Remove malware from a Mac
- How to remove Searchsymphony.com Redirects from macOS
- (Optional) Delete related settings
- (Optional) Delete malicious files
- Review browser settings
- How To remove Searchsymphony.com Redirects from Firefox on Mac OS:
Searchsymphony.com in short:
|How adware affects a Mac||Web browsers open unexpected sites without permission,
unknown apps and browser add-ons appear out of the blue.
|What causes Searchsymphony.com redirects||Malicious browser extensions,
changed system preferences and browser settings.
|How to stop Searchsymphony.com pop-ups||Find and delete suspicious files, apps, and browser add-ons yourself and with the help of anti-malware apps (Malwarebytes, Spyhunter for Mac, Combo Cleaner, etc.),
check for suspicious settings in System Preferences.
What is Searchsymphony.com?
Some Mac users have been noticing a mysterious website, Searchsymphony.com, opening in their browsers on its own. Without permission and seemingly for no reason, this random site shows up.
It’s kind of a search engine, but without any of the features that make other
This site is similar to Searchbaron.com, Searchmarquis.com, and other search hijackers. These websites deliver no useful features, they only hijack web browsers and force people to visit ad-filled sites and click on ads. They also log people’s activities, like what they search for and which ads they click on.
Having Searchsymphony.com show up in your browser can feel overwhelming. While Searchsymphony.com itself is not all that dangerous, it could expose you to harmful ads, such as tech support scams. These could result in loss of money.
How to stop Searchsymphony.com redirects
Find and remove suspicious browser extensions
Searchsymphony.com is just a website, so it’s not like you can erase it. And though you can block it (with the help of parental controls or by editing the host file), that doesn’t take care of the root of the problem.
Browser problems are most often caused by malicious browser extensions. Check your web browsers (instructions below) and see if any suspicious add-ons are installed.
Open private windows and see if the Searchsymphony.com issue stops. Extensions are usually disabled in private mode, so if Searchsymphony.com doesn’t show up there, that’s a good sign that an extension is responsible for showing unwanted websites.
Remove all suspicious extensions and, if that doesn’t get rid of Searchsymphony.com, temporarily disable all the extensions.
Finally, check the default search engine of your main browser.
Delete suspicious files and settings
Configuration profiles and network settings could also affect what websites your browser opens. Below are instructions for checking those settings.
Malicious apps, such as SkilledRecord, hijack those settings and sometimes even download and install unwanted apps and browser extensions. If you suspect that such an infection might have infiltrated your Mac, it’s a good idea to scan your computer with an anti-malware app: Malwarebytes, Spyhunter for Mac, Combo Cleaner, or others.
Avoid suspicious apps and websites
To avoid infections like the Searchsymphony.com hijacker, it’s important to protect your computer from malware:
- Only download apps from legitimate websites. Don’t download cracked apps to avoid paying for commercial software, as pirated programs are sometimes infected with malware.
- Avoid websites that show aggressive ads. Illegal free streaming sites, some file download sites, and similar sites should be avoided unless you have a good ad blocker installed.
- Don’t believe pop-up apps that tell you to download an app. Some malicious ads might be disguised as software updates, others – as virus alerts. But they only download bundles of adware and other malicious software.
It also helps to use a reputable anti-malware app and to update your operating system without delays.
Automatic Malware removal tools
Remove malware from a Mac
How to remove Searchsymphony.com Redirects from macOSDelete Searchsymphony.com from your applications.
- Open Finder.
- In the menu bar, click Go.
- Select Applications from the dropdown.
- Find the Searchsymphony.com Redirects app.
- Select it and right-click it (or hold the Ctrl and click the left mouse button).
- In the dropdown, click Move to Bin/Trash. You might be asked to provide your login password.
(Optional) Delete related settingsSome malicious apps make themselves difficult to delete by changing various settings and leaving behind malicious files. Remove settings related to Searchsymphony.com.
- Click the Apple logo in the menu bar. Open System Preferences.
- Some malicious applications set profiles to enforce unwanted settings. Remove unwanted configuration profiles.
- In System Preferences, click the Profiles icon. This icon is only visible if there are profiles on your Mac.
- Select unwanted profiles and remove them by pressing the minus '-' button at the bottom.
- Some adware applications set SOCKS proxy to manipulate your internet traffic. Remove unwanted proxies:
- In System Preferences, click Network, Advanced, Proxies.
- If a proxy is set without your permission, uncheck it and click OK.
(Optional) Delete malicious filesSome malicious apps leave behind dangerous files in your Library folders. Delete files related to Searchsymphony.com Redirects.
- Open Finder.
- In the menu bar, click Go -> Computer.
- In the search box, type in Searchsymphony.com and variations of it.
- Delete the files that are found and that seem to be related to Searchsymphony.com Redirects.
Review browser settings
How to remove Searchsymphony.com Redirects from Safari:TopRemove malicious extensions
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
- Select Extensions and uninstall Searchsymphony.com and other suspicious extensions.
- If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
- Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
TopHow to remove Searchsymphony.com Redirects from Google Chrome on Mac:
- Open Chrome browser.
- Enter in the url field “chrome://extensions” address and hit Enter.
- Find Searchsymphony.com on the extensions list and click on the recycle bin icon next to it.
- Click on 'Chrome' button at the top left corner. Select 'Preferences' on a drop-down menu box.
- Find 'Search' options on Settings tab. If your search engine is changed, click 'Manage Search Engines' and set your preferred search engine.
- On the same page find 'Show home button' checkbox and change your homepage.
- On the 'Preferences' menu window, scroll down to the bottom and find 'Reset settings' button. Click it.
- Confirm your selection and click 'Reset' on the following window.
How To remove Searchsymphony.com Redirects from Firefox on Mac OS:
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press cmd+Shift+A on your keyboard).
- Go through Extensions list, remove everything Searchsymphony.com Redirects related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
- Enter “about:preferences” in URL bar and hit enter.
- Open Search settings tab.
- If your search engine is changed, click 'Default Search Engines' and set your preferred search engine.
- If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Preferences-> General. Enter a preferable URL to the home page field.
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
- Choose Troubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
- Click on the Refresh Firefox button.
- Click on the Refresh Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.