Remove TotalConsoleSearch (Mac)

Internet browser redirects and excessive display of pop-up ads are common to programs that are infected with a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Apart from these disturbances, unwanted programs that are residing on the computer can be the root of additional malware infections, especially when they initiate successive redirects that mean to drive the browser program to a landing page containing malicious objects. One app that possesses these characteristics is called TotalConsoleSearch.

More about TotalConsoleSearch

This is a computer threat that specifically targets internet browsers on Mac OS. Arising from the family of adware where DigitalSearchAppDaemon, SmartFunctionSearchApp, and WebFunctionSearch are also members, TotalConsoleSearch is anticipated to bring the same troubles and annoyances to internet applications. Adware such as this is the usual cause of aggressive pop-up ads and persistent redirects. Mac OS is very much aware of this adware pattern, and therefore, Mac users may occasionally witness system warnings like “TotalConsoleSearchDaemon will damage your computer.”

TotalConsoleSearch infection

The usual way for this unwanted program to enter a Mac computer is by embedding the code in several free programs that can be obtained from different servers and hosts. Be careful because the carrier file is not only seen on bad websites. Even legitimate file repositories are invaded by the dubious freeware that carries TotalConsoleSearch.

In other infection cases, a Mac user claims that TotalConsoleSearch was able to penetrate the computer after installing a software update that showed up on the browser page. These pop-ups are normally online ads that were crafted to appear as valid system warnings. The trick is that it disguises itself as a valid alert message from certain applications, requiring immediate download of the software update to fix any conflicts on the computer. Below is a screenshot image of the fake software update page.

Screenshot of TotalConsoleSearch

Knowing that TotalConsoleSearch is an illicit type of application and that there is no benefit to having it on the browser, there is no reason not to remove this suspicious app. Its presence could lead to much greater trouble, like additional adware or malware infections. Furthermore, it diminishes browsing performance due to the continuous display of ads and redirects.

Protect you Mac against TotalConsoleSearch

Having an effective and powerful anti-virus or anti-malware program provides high-quality protection against TotalConsoleSearch or any similar threats. However, Mac users must not solely rely on its real-time scanning. Being vigilant while online still helps a lot in preventing any online malware attacks. In addition, Mac users should stay away from malicious sites and freeware that are now occupying a large chunk of the internet, meant only to harm browser programs and computer systems in general.

Procedures to Remove TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon. 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon.

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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon

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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon, 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon

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.TotalConsoleSearch Daemon.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:

- TotalConsoleSearch, Adload, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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.

- TotalConsoleSearch, Adload

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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon.

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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon. 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon 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 TotalConsoleSearch Daemon.

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