How to Remove QuickSearch from Mac

Updated on August 9, 2023
How to Remove QuickSearch from Mac

Mac devices are used by a hefty (and rather staggering) portion of the entire world’s population today. Apart from the fact that they have what can only be described as a truly impressive brand name, they complement the offerings of status and class that they bring to the table with a rather significant amount of useful features and functionalities.

As such, it can be easily understood why so many people would want a piece of the Mac action. It is also for this exact same reason that there seems to be a target drawn on these particular devices.

Of course, we all know that the Internet has become a hotbed of scams and fraudulent activities these days. So, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock to know that, even when you use a device as high quality as the Mac, you still need to stay on guard and be ready to do the needful to protect yourself.

Along these lines, one of the most important things that you need to see to is learning how to remove QuickSearch from Mac in 2023. For clarity, there are in fact a large number of things that you need to learn when it comes to improving and securing your user experience on Mac devices.

Many of these things, to a greater or lesser degree, can actually wait. But, learning the basics of how to remove QuickSearch from your Mac computer isn’t one of the things that you can afford to put on the back burner!

Let’s get into everything that you need to know on that front now!

Understanding the Basics of QuickSearch

Anyone who bothers to make the effort to read the news will know without a shadow of a doubt that hackers and hijackers now run rampant on the Web. What makes the antics of these nefarious individuals truly scary is the fact that they keep coming up with new and disingenuous ways of infiltrating your defenses and compromising your privacy and security.

QuickSearch has been established as one of the foremost tactics that they leverage to achieve these ends where people that use Mac devices are concerned.

 We’ll be taking a moment to check out the various features of this dangerous program now.

QuickSearch – What You Need to Know

The very first thing that Mac device users need to know about QuickSearch is that this program isn’t a virus. What this means is that you never have to be worried about it spreading from one computer device to another.

However, for the fact that it isn’t a virus doesn’t make it in any way benign.

In a nutshell, QuickSearch is a malware browser hijacker. What this translates to in essence is that should you make the mistake of having this program infect your computer, it quickly and almost immediately reconfigures the specifics of your browser.

Primarily, what it does here is that it’ll alter not just your homepage settings but also your default search engine as well! It’ll then follow this up by redirecting you to a different page where it’ll start to bombard you with intrusive advert after intrusive advert, all of which are next to impossible to close without a considerable amount of stress.

But it doesn’t stop there, either.

QuickSearch will go on to illegally record your IP addresses, all your search queries, and various other important and private data. All of this it’ll send to its server where the information is usually ultimately sold to the highest bidder who does whatever they will with the data.

As you would only expect, this is nothing short of truly terrifying. However, before we get into how to remove QuickSearch on Mac, let’s get into how your computer device comes in contact with this malignant program in the first place.

How QuickSearch Gets on Mac Devices

We’ve discovered that QuickSearch can actually enter your device even with little or no input from you, the user. The malware typically infiltrates your Mac uninvited and with little warning. It is able to achieve this with the aid of a carrier which is generally referred to as freeware.

In a nutshell, here is how the setup typically works.

Someone who has the intention of cracking into your Mac will upload seemingly useful apps and tools that the average computer user might want to have. They will advertise these programs as being completely free.

Now, the average PC user, not wanting to miss out on a “great deal” will jump at this “opportunity”. Unbeknownst to them, the freeware is essentially a Trojan horse for QuickSearch to gain access to their system.

From the moment that you download and install this infected program, the jig is up and QuickSearch will begin to wreak its havoc.

How to Remove QuickSearch from Mac Devices – The Sure Way

At this point, it’s probably safe to say that you see tangible reasons as to why you would want to know how to get rid of QuickSearch on your Mac device as a matter of urgency. The next step at this point becomes actually getting rid of the thing.

What to Remember When Trying to Get Rid of QuickSearch

Even when you know the app that brought it, freeing your device from the clutches of QuickSearch can’t be done by conventional methods. Rather, you need to follow a specific plan of action for the elimination of QuickSearch on your Mac.

Only then will your information stop being compromised.

Removing QuickSearch from Your Mac in Two Simple Steps

For those who are ready to ensure their privacy and security on their Mac device moving forward, here are two simple steps you can take to get rid of QuickSearch permanently.

Step #1 – Access Your Applications Folder

As you will likely have caught on to during the cause of our explanations so far, QuickSearch usually needs a carrier to access and ultimately compromise your computer system. So, the first and most important thing you need to do down this road is identify which app or program it piggybacked on into your system.

To do this, you would need to remember which app(s) you downloaded last before you started to see that something was wrong. Once you know the program, make your way to the “Applications” folder and immediately drag that app to the “Trash”.

Now, as is only natural, in some instances, you may not recall having downloaded any particular apps to even begin with. If that’s the case, just access the “Applications” folder and patiently look through the apps displayed there. If you see one of them that you aren’t familiar with, that may very well be what you’re looking for. Again, you just have to drag that program to your “Trash” folder. Of course, don’t forget to empty your “Trash” promptly once you do this.

What to Note

Don’t forget that simply dragging an app into the “Trash” doesn’t actually uninstall it, even when you make the extra effort to empty that folder as well. In addition to this, there are often obscure folders linked to this app that might lurk in your Mac, creating problems for you.

Because of this, we recommend that you use a dedicated uninstaller app like CleanMyMac X to get rid of any problematic apps permanently.

Step #2 – Remove Extensions from Your Safari Browser

The next thing that you have to do here to seal the deal is eliminate those trouble extensions that QuickSearch might be taking advantage of to give you problems. This might be hard to do as identifying these particular resources might prove challenging.

One tip you can leverage to help you down this road is looking for extensions that carry names like:

  • Coupon;
  • Mall;
  • Price;
  • Search.

To get rid of these dangers, simply access your Safari, select the “Safari Menu” and select “Preferences” from the list of options you’re shown.

Next, locate the “Extensions” tab and try to spot any extensions with the names that we mentioned above. Of course, you should also keep an eye out for anything that looks suspicious here, even if they don’t carry the names we’ve pointed out.

When you do spot these extensions, highlight them and select the “Uninstall” option to delete them. You now need to make your way to the “General” tab. Access the homepage text box and input the URL you prefer as your homepage. Next, go to the “Search” tab and choose which search engine you want as your default.

Finally, restart your Safari and you should be completely free of QuickSearch now!

For those who use other browsers on their Mac as well, they just need to rinse and repeat the above process on those, too.


Learning how to remove QuickSearch on Mac isn’t a matter of luxury. Rather, it’s one of necessity. We have highlighted all you need to do to make sure you can easily dispose of this threat on your Mac.

However, in most cases, it’s simply best if you don’t allow QuickSearch access to your computer in the first place. And, the best way to ensure this is to make sure that you don’t download apps from untrusted sources. Ever.

Article by:
Erwin Valles

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