The appearance of Search.opengross.com web site as your start page, newtab page and search provider means that you’re a victim of unwanted application that belongs to the browser hijacker family. The browser hijacker has received widespread in recent days. Many people are faced with the fact that when the Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome starts, it will began to display the Search.opengross.com instead of the start page and the option to return a default web-browser settings was locked.
When the Search.opengross.com browser hijacker is installed on a web-browser, it might:
- set search.opengross.com as search provider, newtab page, and homepage;
- prevent users from changing search engine or home page address;
- reroute your queries to sponsored websites;
- provide altered search results;
- record your search queries;
- periodically redirects to questionable web pages;
- show undesired ads;
- collect Internet browsing habits and use it for marketing purposes.
Another reason why you need to remove Search.opengross.com is its online data-tracking activity. It can gather personal information, including:
- IP addresses;
- URLs visited;
- search queries/terms;
- clicks on links and advertisements;
- internet browser version information.
Therefore it’s very important to free your MAC OS of hijacker without a wait. Follow the step-by-step guidance below to get rid of Search.opengross.com home page, as well as other malware and adware, which can be installed onto your computer along with it.
Fortunately, it is not hard to remove the Search.opengross.com hijacker. In the following steps, we will provide two solutions to clean your MAC OS of this hijacker infection. One is the manual removal method and the other is automatic removal method. You can select the way that best fits you. Please follow the removal tutorial below to remove Search.opengross.com right now!
To remove Search.opengross.com, perform the steps below:
- How to manually get rid of Search.opengross.com
- Scan your MAC OS and delete Search.opengross.com with free utilities
- How to stop Search.opengross.com redirect
- How to avoid setup of Search.opengross.com hijacker
- To sum up
How to manually get rid of Search.opengross.com
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Search.opengross.com startpage from the Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
Uninstall potentially unwanted programs using the Finder
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the program that causes the appearance of intrusive ads or web browser redirect, using the Applications list which is located in the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications” as shown on the screen below.
You will see a list of software installed on your MAC. We recommend to pay maximum attention to the program you installed last. Most probably, it is the browser hijacker responsible for Search.opengross.com . If you’re in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program which you need to uninstall is found, simply right press on its name, and choose “Move to Trash”.
Don’t forget, choose Finder, then “Empty Trash”.
Get rid of Search.opengross.com from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the browser hijacker, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to recover the web browser’s search engine, start page and new tab page that have been modified by Search.opengross.com hijacker.
- First run the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the addon labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is finished, your internet browser’s default search engine, new tab and home page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove Search.opengross.com from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
The Firefox reset will remove unwanted search provider and startpage such as Search.opengross.com, modified preferences, extensions and security settings. When using the reset feature, your personal information such as passwords, bookmarks, browsing history and web form auto-fill data will be saved.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu like below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the image below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Firefox web-browser settings to their original state.
Delete Search.opengross.com redirect from Safari
If you find that Safari web browser settings such as search provider, newtab and home page having been hijacked, then you may restore your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
Click Safari menu and choose “Preferences”.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for unknown and suspicious extensions on left panel, select it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all unknown plugins from Safari.
Once complete, click “General” tab. Change the “Default Search Engine” to Google.
Find the “Homepage” and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Scan your MAC OS and delete Search.opengross.com with free utilities
If you are unsure how to get rid of Search.opengross.com browser hijacker easily, consider using automatic hijacker infection removal applications that listed below. It will identify the hijacker that responsible for web-browser redirect to the unwanted Search.opengross.com web-page and delete it from your Apple Mac for free.
Scan and clean your computer of hijacker infection with MalwareBytes
We recommend using the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) that are completely clean your computer of the browser hijacker. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It’s able to help you get rid of hijackers, PUPs, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
Download MalwareBytes by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
After the download is finished, close all software and windows on your Apple Mac. Open a directory in which you saved it. Run the saved file and follow the prompts.
Once setup is complete, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button . MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) program will scan through the whole MAC for the Search.opengross.com browser hijacker infection and other browser’s malicious plugins. This process can take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will detect threats exist on your MAC system.
After the scan is finished, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will display you the results. You may remove threats (move to Quarantine) by simply click “Remove Selected Items” button.
The Malwarebytes will now start to remove browser hijacker responsible for Search.opengross.com start page.
How to stop Search.opengross.com redirect
By installing an ad blocking program such as AdGuard, you are able to stop Search.opengross.com, autoplaying video ads and get rid of lots of distracting and annoying ads on webpages.
Download AdGuard on your Apple Mac by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, run the downloaded file. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick instructions. Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your MAC OS, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up advertisements, webpages like Search.opengross.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages.
How to avoid setup of Search.opengross.com hijacker
The Search.opengross.com most likely to occur during the installation of freeware due the fact that PUPs like this are mostly hidden in the installer. Thus, if you’ve installed some free programs using Quick(Standard) mode, you may have let a browser hijacker get inside the MAC system. Keep in mind that the Quick mode is unreliable because it do not warn about bundled software. Thus, bundled software will be installed automatically unless you choose Advanced/Custom mode and uncheck its installation.
To sum up
Now your MAC OS should be free of the hijacker which redirects your browser to annoying Search.opengross.com webpage. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and unwanted harmful web-sites) and MalwareBytes Free (to periodically scan your MAC OS for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Mac operating system. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, malicious software and ‘ad supported’ software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Search.opengross.com from your internet browser, then ask for help here.