How to Remove AccessibleGuideSearch

There are numerous group discussions about the abrupt emergence of AccessibleGuideSearch on Mac computers. As mentioned by Mac users, this adware is targeting Safari or Google Chrome browsers. Like what we have observed, Mac users are also certain that this adware is in the same clan as previous threats like SpherePlex, ApplicationSearch, and many more.

An assertive internet software extension like AccessibleGuideSearch is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) because it was initiated by the installation of suspicious freeware. Users are often not willing to install PUP, but because it was part of the freeware package, it was loaded onto the Mac system aggressively while disregarding the user’s authorization. Other ways users may have obtained AccessibleGuideSearch also include links from doubtful websites, spam emails, and malicious advertisements that purport to be a valid software update.

Ads by AccessibleGuideSearch

Seeing an AccessibleGuideSearch pop-up is just the initial manifestation of adware’s presence. The main drawback of having this, and probably the one thing that makes users completely annoyed, is the overwhelming display of obtrusive advertisements like pop-ups, banners, and notification windows. The existence of AccessibleGuideSearch may also kick off forceful page redirect actions, which are constrained to commence the downloading of additional adware or PUP.

To sum up, AccessibleGuideSearch is nowhere to be found on the list of decent applications for Mac and either does not exist in the inventory of commendable browser extensions. As such, Mac security professionals recommend removing this unwanted application immediately to avoid further harm to the browser and Mac system. For a complete removal guide, please navigate to the specific section where free anti-virus and anti-malware tools are likewise provided.

Screenshot of AccessibleGuideSearch

“AccessibleGuideSearch” will damage your computer

If your Mac is displaying a message that a certain file will damage your Mac, it’s likely due to the Gatekeeper feature, which helps protect your system from potentially malicious software. In such cases, it’s crucial to exercise caution and not open or run the AccessibleGuideSearch file. Ensure that you’ve downloaded the file from a trusted source. If the file is from an unknown or suspicious origin, it’s advisable not to proceed. Additionally, you can check if the file is digitally signed by the developer; a legitimate developer signature adds a layer of assurance regarding the file’s authenticity.

To override the warning and open the file anyway, you can temporarily disable Gatekeeper. Right-click (or Control-click) on the file and select “Open.” You may see a prompt informing you that the file is from an unidentified developer; here, click “Open” again to proceed. However, exercise this option only if you are confident in the file’s legitimacy and trustworthiness. After opening the file, consider running a reputable antivirus or anti-malware scan to ensure your Mac’s security is not compromised.

Procedures to Remove AccessibleGuideSearch from Mac

This area contains comprehensive procedures to help you remove adware and potentially unwanted program from the computer. Guide on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Quick Fix - Scan the Mac Computer with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of adware like AccessibleGuideSearch. You may need to purchase the full version if you want to maximize its premium features.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

Install Combo Cleaner

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until your antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates.

6. Next, click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing AccessibleGuideSearch.

Combo Cleaner Scanner

7. Free features of Combo Cleaner include Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus and privacy scanner, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 1 : Delete AccessibleGuideSearch from Mac Applications

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find AccessibleGuideSearch or any unwanted program and suspicious item. It may also disguise itself as a different file with random names.

Delete Unwanted App

4. Drag the suspicious file to the Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Right-click on Trash icon and click on Empty Trash.

Step 2 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to AccessibleGuideSearch

1. Locate the add-on or extension that is relevant to the adware. To do this, please follow the following depending on affected browser.

Safari - Choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon. This will open a window showing all installed extensions.

Chrome - Select Preferences from the Chrome menu, and then click the Extensions link found on the left pane.

Firefox - Choose Add-ons from the Menu. Look at both the Extensions and Plug-ins lists when it opens a new window.

2. Once you have located AccessibleGuideSearch, click on Remove or Uninstall, to get rid of it.

3. Close the browser and proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed AccessibleGuideSearch

1. Select and copy the string below to your Clipboard by pressing Command + C on your keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

2. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar please select Go > Go to Folder...

3. Press Command + V on your keyboard to paste the copied string. Press Return to go to the said folder.

Command + V

4. You will now see a folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.AccessibleGuideSearch.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may use the following file names:

- AccessibleGuideSearch, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing AccessibleGuideSearch to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the most latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files. Please press Option + Command + 4 on your keyboard to arrange the application list in chronological order.

Option+Command+4

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files as you may also delete the same item on another folder as we go on.

5. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

6. Please restart the computer.

7. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and Paste the following string to easily locate the folder.

~/Library/Application Support

8. Look for any suspicious items that are similar to the ones in Step 4. Drag them to the Trash.

9. Repeat the process on the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/Application Support

10. Lastly, go to your Finder and open the Applications Folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- AccessibleGuideSearch

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad, Utilities folder, open Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

Force Quit Apps

3. Click on Force Quit button.

4. You may now delete or remove locked files that belongs to AccessibleGuideSearch adware.

Step 4 : Double-check with MBAM Tool for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac from this link:

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac. It will check for updates and download the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including AccessibleGuideSearch.

3. If it prompts to close all running web browser, please do so. Thus, we advise you to PRINT this guide for your reference before going offline.

4. Once it opens the user interface, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

MBAM for Mac

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac will display a list of identified threats, and AccessibleGuideSearch is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click the Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 5 : Remove AccessibleGuideSearch from Homepage and Search

Safari

- Open your Safari browser.
- Go to the Safari Menu located in the upper left-hand corner, and then select Preferences.
- Under the General tab, navigate to the Default Search Engine section and select Google or any valid search engine.
- Next, be sure that the "New Windows Open With" field is set to Homepage.
- Lastly, remove AccessibleGuideSearch from the Homepage field. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Google Chrome

- Open the Google Chrome browser.
- Input the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard : chrome://settings/
- Look for 'On Startup' area on the sidebar.
- Select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'.
- Choose the unwanted homepage, and click on Ellipses (three dots) and select Edit.
- Enter the desired web address as your homepage, replacing the AccessibleGuideSearch setting. Click Save.
- To set the default search engine, go to the Search Engine area from the sidebar link.
- Click on 'Manage search engines...' button.
- Select the questionable Search Engine and click on Ellipses (three dots). ClickDelete. to remove it from the list.
- Go back to the Search Engine area and choose a valid entry (i.e., Google) from 'Search engine used in the address bar'.

Mozilla Firefox

- Run Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and hit Enter on keyboard : about:preferences
- Click Home on the sidebar area.
- Under "New Windows and Tabs", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs. - Input the desired URL to replace AccessibleGuideSearch settings if you chose Custom URLs.
- To configure default search engine, select Search on the sidebar to display the settings.
- Under the Default Search Engine list, please select one (i.e., Google).
- On the same page, you have the option to Remove unwanted search engines.

Optional : If you are unable to change browser settings, execute these steps:

Some users complain that there is no way to change browser settings because they are grayed out by AccessibleGuideSearch. In such a situation, it is important to check if there is an unwanted profile. Please do the following:

1. Quit any running applications and launch System Preferences from your Dock.

2. Under System Preferences, click Profiles.

3. Select AccessibleGuideSearch or any relevant profile from the left pane. See the image below.

Remove Mac Profile

4. At the bottom of this window, click the minus [-] button to delete the account. Please refer to the image above.

5. Close the Profiles window and open the affected browser to change all settings associated with AccessibleGuideSearch.

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