When you're online, no matter what you're doing, you are in peril. You might be eagerly browsing vacation locations, killing time by reading celebrity gossip, updating your Facebook status or – who knows, even working! – but indulging in all these simple activities can wind up with your computer being infected. No longer are dodgy adult content websites, flashing wallpapers and illegal downloads the only places that can result in an infection, the most innocent of websites or downloads can too. And that's something we all need to be aware of.
What exactly is "Reset Search" app?
It's adware. Adware, as you may already know, is an amalgamation of the words 'advertising supported software' and although it is not the most deadly horse in the stable, it definitely is still very much a type of malware. In its simplest terms, Reset Search adware is a computer software program that displays adverts on your screen or monitor whenever you are connected to the internet. Some of these adverts are fairly easy to ignore yet others will be nightmarish pop-up adverts that won't go away no matter how many times you close them.
Reset Search is more than just an annoyance
Adware at its most aggressive form is annoying, there is no doubt about that, however many people have a problem with the fact that it also spies on you by monitoring which websites you visit. It then collects this data and sends it to the Reset Search's programmer or other third party. They are then able to customize the adverts that are being shown to you so that they more closely represent your interests. Obviously, this means you are more likely to then click on them, driving traffic – and potentially sales – to a website that is paying to use adware.
Adware is cunning!
For the most part, you won't know if Reset Search app is installing itself on your machine, so how does it get there if you are not knowingly downloading it? It (and many other types of malware) are normally downloaded and installed in conjunction with another program. What that means is that if you have just installed an upgrade to your messenger app or downloaded some audio or video files, you may well have also downloaded some adware.
Adware can also infect you in a 'drive by installation' which occurs when you visit an infected website. So you see, as mentioned above, you really can be doing almost anything online and be putting yourself in harm's way.
How do you prevent Reset Search installation?
Reference is often made to adware in software license agreements, so make sure you read those carefully when you're downloading. You should also install a good anti-adware program. Reset Search app is annoying, an invasion of your privacy and can leave your security in tatters, increasing the chance of something even worse infecting you. Protect yourself, your Mac and your sanity before it's too late.
If your computer is already infected and you don't know how to remove Reset Search app, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Reset Search App Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-adware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this adware from your Mac. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this adware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Quit the Reset Search, Genieo, Install Mac apps, if they are running. To do so, open Activity Monitor then click the CPU tab, then click Process Name at the top of that column to sort the list alphabetically.
Look for processes InstallMac', Reset Search, Genieo. Select them, then click the Force Quit button. Quit Activity Monitor.
3. In the Finder, select Applications → install.mac and put it into trash.
4. Move the following items to the trash as well. Some of them, including the Genieo application, may not be present; remove the ones that you do find.
/Applications/Uninstall IM Completer.app
5. Restart your Mac.