How to Remove Search Baron From Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

If you are a Mac user and have recently noticed a mysterious search engine called Search Baron taking over your browser, you might be wondering how to get rid of it. Don’t worry, in this article, we will guide you through the process of removing Search Baron from your Mac.

What is Search Baron?

Search Baron is a potentially unwanted program that often comes bundled with other software downloads. It hijacks your browser settings and changes your default search engine to searchbaron.com. This can be frustrating as it may result in unwanted ads, redirects, and compromised browsing experience.

Step 1: Quit Your Browser

The first step towards removing Search Baron from your Mac is to quit all open browser windows. This ensures that no processes related to the hijacked browser are running in the background.

Step 2: Uninstall Suspicious Applications

To remove Search Baron completely, you need to check for any suspicious applications installed on your Mac. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select “System Preferences”.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Profiles”.
  4. If you see any profiles listed on the left pane that you don’t recognize or trust, select them and click on the “-” (minus) button at the bottom to remove them.
  5. Next, go back to System Preferences and click on “Users & Groups”.
  6. Select your user account from the left pane and click on the “Login Items” tab.
  7. Look for any suspicious apps or items that you don’t remember installing. Select them and click on the “-” (minus) button to remove them.

Step 3: Remove Search Baron from Browsers

Now that you have uninstalled any suspicious applications, it’s time to remove Search Baron from your browsers. Follow these instructions for each browser you use:

Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. In the menu bar, click on “Safari” and select “Preferences”.
  3. In the Preferences window, click on the “Extensions” tab.
  4. If you find any extensions related to Search Baron, select them and click on the “Uninstall” button.
  5. In the same Preferences window, click on the “General” tab.
  6. Make sure that your homepage is set to your desired page. If it still shows Search Baron, change it to your preferred homepage.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. In the menu bar, click on the three-dot icon () and select “Settings”.
  3. In the Settings tab, scroll down and click on “Advanced”.
  4. In the “Reset and clean up” section, click on “Clean up computer”.
  5. Click on the “Find” button to search for potentially harmful software.
  6. If any suspicious software is found, click on “Remove” to delete it.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the menu bar, click on the three-line icon () and select “Add-ons”.
  3. In the Add-ons Manager tab, click on the “Extensions” category.
  4. If you find any extensions related to Search Baron, click on the three-dot icon () next to them and select “Remove”.
  5. In the same Add-ons Manager tab, click on the “Plugins” category.
  6. If you see any plugins associated with Search Baron, click on the three-dot icon () next to them and select “Never Activate”.

Step 4: Clear Browser Cache and Cookies

To ensure that no traces of Search Baron are left behind, it’s recommended to clear your browser cache and cookies. Here’s how:

  1. Open your browser.
    • Note: Repeat this step for each browser you use.

Safari

    • In the menu bar, click on “Safari” and select “Clear History..”.
    • In the Clear window, choose a time range and click on “Clear History”.
    • Go back to the menu bar, click on “Safari” again, and select “Preferences”.
    • In the Preferences window, click on the “Privacy” tab.
    • Click on the “Manage Website Data.” button.
    • Click on “Remove All” to delete all website data.
    • In the menu bar, click on the three-dot icon () and select “More Tools”, then choose “Clear browsing data.”.
    • In the menu bar, click on the three-line icon () and select “Options”.
    • In the Options tab, click on thea href="">

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    • Scroll down to the “Cookies and Site Data” section.
    • Click on “Clear Data.
    • Make sure that both options, “Cookies and Site Data” and “Cached Web Content”, are selected.
    • Click on the “Clear” button to remove the data.

Step 5: Restart Your Mac

To complete the removal process, restart your Mac. This will ensure that any residual files or processes related to Search Baron are fully terminated.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed Search Baron from your Mac. Remember to be cautious when downloading software and always opt for custom installations to avoid unwanted programs like Search Baron.

If you continue to experience issues or if Search Baron reappears after removal, it is recommended to run a trusted anti-malware software to scan your Mac for any potential threats.

We hope this guide has been helpful in resolving your search engine hijacking issue. Happy browsing!

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