Getting rid of Search Mine

macOS & Mac Apps

I downloaded what I thought was a safe version of Flash Player. Well, it also installed Search Mine into Safari. The app forces you to use its search field and takes you to sites that give them hit credits.
The advice I found said to delete Search Mine from the list of apps under preferences. It's not there. Or, I should change my search engine and home page back to the defaults, but I can't find where to do that. My other thought is to uninstall and reinstall Safari. Would that work? Any other advice would be appreciated. Thanks.



Submitted by Igna Triay on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

go into spotlight, and type in searchmine, or whatever the name is of the thing the app installed. Go deleating the componentsone by one then restart your mac. hope this helps. If you don't want to do this manually, uninstall it with cleanmymac x.

Submitted by honest nan on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

I typed Search Mine into Spotlight. It showed me the searches I have done using the words but not the app itself. I couldn't delete anything in spotlight. Now what do I do?

Submitted by Fatima.Hamoud10 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Try using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for your Mac. It's an excellent program that scans your Mac in seconds. The searchmine thing you installed is a threat. Malwarebytes should be able to remove it. This antivirus program will also detect anything else that could have also been installed in Safari and quarantine them as quickly as possible. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from this link:

Submitted by Siobhan on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hi. I hate when that happens. Go find clean my Mac from the ap store. They have done a great job with the accessibility. It's free or I think a one time purchase of I don't remember how much. I use it a lot. I say this because after you get rid of that search with Malware bytes, go use clean my mac, it will find other components you didn't know were there. Good luck.

Submitted by honest nan on Thursday, September 5, 2019

MalwareBytes just ignored Search Mine. I think I scared it away by changing my search engine and homepage to Google. But Safari still isn't like it used to be. It now opens Google's search page, which I don't like. I want to have the plain search field back where I type an address, hit return, and am taken to that page. Also, I can't find my favorites / bookmarks list.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Thursday, September 5, 2019

you can download bit defender on mac app store, there is a free and a payed version, it should hopefully remove search mine. Its a virus and malware removel too. I recommend clean my mac as well by the way