Remove Landslide Search (Mac OS)

Landslide Search or also known as Search.landslidesearch.com is another suspicious extension that can penetrate a computer through the installation of freeware and shareware. Most of the time, users are unaware on the installation of this homepage hijacker because it is bundled to free programs that they have downloaded and installed. So basically, it is user’s careless installation of freeware that causes Landslide Search to gain access on their Mac computer. Due to this unsolicited entry, computer security experts tagged it as part of potentially unwanted program (PUP) class.

The entry of Landslide Search on Mac computer is the origin of various disorders on internet browser applications like Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Homepage and new tab will be set to Search.landslidesearch.com even without user’s authority. In addition, all online searches will utilize the server on Landslide Search or be redirected to it before showing the actual outcome on either Bing or Yahoo Search.

The persistent presence of Landslide Search and its stubborn trait, which makes it irremovable no matter how users wants to restore their preference, make it a more doubtful app. In fact, some people deemed Landslide Search a type of computer virus that has infected their Mac computer. Technically, the threat is a simple PUP or adware and is less hazardous than computer viruses.

Screenshot of Search.landslidesearch.com

Being less dangerous does not necessarily mean that having Landslide Search is a common thing. Remember that it is a potentially unwanted program, which causes some risks when left operating on the browser. Therefore, it is important to remove Landslide Search from Mac computer to maintain safe browsing experience.

Procedures to Remove Landslide Search from Mac

This section provides systematic instructions and tools for successfully removing browser threats. This is helpful to totally get rid of Dolanbaross browser hijacker from infected browser programs.

Even ordinary Mac users can understand and follow this guide because it was created with fewer complexities and technicalities. Also, make sure to run the scanners to automatically delete harmful items belonging to Landslide Search browser hijacker.

Step 1 : 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 malicious browser extension like Landslide Search that is responsible for displaying unknown homepage and pop-ups.

To quickly remove Landslide Search without going through the complicated process, please click on the button to download the removal tool. You may need to purchase full version if you require to maximize its premium features.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat. The following guides are also vital in deleting malicious items from the browser configuration.

Step 2 : Delete Landslide Search 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 Landslide Search or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag Landslide Search to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Next, go to the Dock, right-click on the Trash icon, and click on Empty Trash.

Step 3 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed Landslide Search

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

2. Input the following string and press Enter on the keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

Screenshot of Go To Folder

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

  • com.Landslide Search.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

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

- LandslideSearch, Uprise, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing Landslide Search to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files.

5. Please click on "Show items as..."

Screenshot of LaunhAgents Folder

6. To arrange the items in chronological order, click Date Modified.

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

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

8. Please restart the Mac computer.

9. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and paste the following string to easily locate the folder:

~/Library/Application Support

Screenshot of Go to Folder

10. Select any suspicious items that you have noted previously. Drag them to the Trash.

11. Repeat the process in the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

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

12. Lastly, go to your Finder > Go and open the Applications folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- LandslideSearch, Uprise

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

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove the locked file that belongs to Landslide Search homepage hijacker.

Optional Virus Scan : Double-check with Malwarebytes for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes for Mac from the link below.

2. Locate the downloaded Malwarebytes-Mac.pkg and install it with the default settings.

3. Run Malwarebytes 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 Landslide Search.

4. Once you are on the Malwarebytes dashboard, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Screenshot of Malwarebytes Dashboard

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

Step 4 : Delete Landslide Search Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to Landslide Search. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the Landslide Search Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://extensions/

Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Find Landslide Search or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge

Remove Landslide Search from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R. Type the appwiz.cpl command and click OK.

Screenshot of Run Command

2. The Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in a chronological manner, with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on the 'Installed On' column.

Screenshot of Program and Featires

3. Select Landslide Search or a recently installed suspicious entry from the list.

4. Click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If Landslide Search is still present on the browser and unwanted homepage and pop-ups persist, another option is to remove the hijacker from the browser settings.

5. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

6. Input the following string in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://extensions/

Screenshot of MS Edge Address Bar

7. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for Landslide Search from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal

8. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the Landslide Search Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

about:addons

Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to Landslide Search and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Safari (Mac OS)

Remove Malicious Extension from Safari

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. On the top menu, click Safari > Settings or Preferences.

3. The Safari settings window will open. Please select the Extensions tab.

Screenshot of Safari Extension Removal

4. Locate the suspicious extension and click the Uninstall button to remove it from Safari.

5. You may now close the window and restart Safari.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected the homepage and search hijackers will be gone from the affected internet browser.

Step 5 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove Landslide Search from the Homepage and Search of Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://settings

Screenshot of Chrome Settings

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Screenshot of Chrome Startup

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions (3-dot icon), and select Edit.

5. Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing Landslide Search. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Default Search

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Engine Address Bar

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to Landslide Search are gone.

Microsoft Edge

Remove Landslide Search from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below and press Enter on the keyboard.

edge://settings/startHomeNTP

Screenshot of Edge Homepage Settings

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of Landslide Search.

Screenshot of Edit Page

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete Landslide Search from the Homepage and Search of Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:

about:preferences

3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Screenshot of Firefox Homepage Settings

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace Landslide Search settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Search Settings

7. Under the Default Search Engine list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Screenshot of Deleting Search

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Safari (Mac OS)

Get Rid of Landslide Search from Safari's Homepage and Search

1. Open your Safari browser.

2. Go to the Safari Menu located in the upper left-hand corner, and then select Settings or Preferences.

3. In the General tab, remove the Landslide Search item or unwanted URL from the Homepage section. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Screenshot of Safari Home Settings

4. Next, be sure that the "New windows open with" and "New tabs open with" fields are set to "Homepage".

5. Please click on the Search tab, and in the "Search engine" section, select Google or any valid search engine.

Screenshot of Safari Search Settings

6. You may now restart the Safari browser.

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