What is NetModuleSearch
NetModuleSearch is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that falls under the category of Adware . Adware software is a part of harmful applications. It does not delete files or infect them, but can show unwanted ads, alter web-browser settings, download and install harmful browser extensions. All the time, while adware is running, your browser will be fill with annoying ads. Most likely, NetModuleSearch has been installed on your Apple Mac without your’s permission and you do not even know how and where this adware has got into your Mac.
Does adware steal your personal data? Adware can install a component that enables its creator to track which web-pages you visit, which products you look at upon those pages. They are then able to select the type of ads they show you. So, if you had adware on your MAC system, there is a good chance you have another that is gathering and sharing your personal information with third parties, without your say-so.
As evident, the NetModuleSearch does not really have beneficial features. So, we recommend you remove it as quickly as possible. This will also prevent the adware software from tracking your online activities. A full NetModuleSearch removal can be easily carried out using manual or automatic method listed below.
How does NetModuleSearch get on your MAC
|Name||NetModuleSearch, Net Module Search 1.0 app|
|Type||adware, potentially unwanted application (PUA), popup virus, popup advertisements, pop ups|
|Removal||NetModuleSearch removal guide|
How to Remove NetModuleSearch (removal guide)
When the adware gets installed on your computer without your knowledge, it’s not easy to delete. Most often, there is no Uninstall program which simply delete NetModuleSearch from your Mac. So, we recommend using well-proven free specialized utility such as MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM). But the best way to remove NetModuleSearch will be to perform several manual steps, after that additionally use antimalware tools.
To remove NetModuleSearch, execute the steps below:
- How to delete NetModuleSearch adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of NetModuleSearch
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
How to delete NetModuleSearch adware without any software
The step-by-step guidance will help you manually remove NetModuleSearch ads from a web-browser. If you have little experience in using computers, we suggest that you use the free tools listed below.
Remove adware software through the Finder
First, go to the Finder and delete dubious software, all applications you don’t remember installing. It’s important to pay the most attention to applications you installed just before NetModuleSearch ads appeared on your internet browser. If you do not know what a program does, look for the answer on the Internet.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
It will show a list of all software installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any questionable and unknown programs. Right click to dubious program and choose “Move to Trash”. Another method is drag the program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, select Finder -> Empty Trash.
Get rid of NetModuleSearch from Safari
If you find that Safari web browser settings like startpage, new tab and default search engine having been changed by the NetModuleSearch adware, then you may revert back your settings, via the reset web browser procedure.
Run Safari web-browser. Next, choose Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” icon. Here, choose “Block pop-up windows”. It will block some types of pop ups.
Now, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for questionable extensions on left panel, select it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to get rid of all questionable add-ons from Safari.
Once complete, check your startpage and search engine settings. Click “General” tab. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search engine. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Remove NetModuleSearch adware from Google Chrome
If you have adware software, NetModuleSearch ads or Google Chrome is running slow, then reset Google Chrome can help you. In this guide we will show you the method to reset your Google Chrome settings and data to original settings without reinstall.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The internet browser will show the settings screen. Another solution to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt like below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the procedure of cleaning. When it’s done, the web-browser’s settings including home page, newtab and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Get rid of NetModuleSearch from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If Firefox settings are hijacked by the adware software, your browser shows unwanted popup advertisements, then ‘Reset Mozilla Firefox’ could solve these problems. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
Start the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, press the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the NetModuleSearch adware. Once, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
Automatic Removal of NetModuleSearch
Using a malware removal tool to detect and delete adware software hiding on your machine is probably the simplest solution to delete the NetModuleSearch adware. We suggests the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) tool for Mac MAC OSs. It is the anti malware application for Mac OS that offers a free malware removal.
How to remove NetModuleSearch with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM)
You can remove NetModuleSearch automatically with a help of MalwareBytes. We suggest this free malware removal utility because it can easily delete hijacker, adware software, PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) can be downloaded from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
When the downloading process is done, close all apps and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Run the saved file and follow the prompts.
Once setup is complete, you’ll see window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button . MalwareBytes Anti Malware program will scan through the whole MAC OS for the NetModuleSearch adware. While the utility is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
Once the system scan is finished, a list of all threats found is created. Next, you need to press “Remove Selected Items” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove NetModuleSearch adware and move the selected threats to the Quarantine.
How to stay safe online
To put it simply, you need to use an ad-blocking tool (AdGuard, for example). It’ll stop and protect you from harmful web pages, unwanted advertisements and popups. To be able to do that, the adblocker program uses a list of filters. Each filter is a rule that describes a malicious web-site, an advertising content, a banner and others. The ad-blocker application automatically uses these filters, depending on the web-pages you’re visiting.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
When downloading is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen. Follow the prompts.
Each time, when you launch your MAC OS, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted pop up advertisements, block malicious and misleading web sites.
Now your computer should be clean of the NetModuleSearch adware. We suggest that you keep MalwareBytes (to periodically scan your computer for new adware softwares and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block annoying popup ads and harmful web pages). Moreover, to prevent any adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications.
If you need more help with NetModuleSearch related issues, go to here.