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  1. #16
    Thanks, RadDave. I used the adware medic and it found some hidden genieo files and removed them.
    However, Web Search still shows up now instead of google.

    Do you know why that is happening and how to change it back? Is that the sign that something else more mischievous is happening on my computer?

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    google to bing in Safari
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    google to bing in Safari
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    When you get everything hunky dory, avoad downloading anything from Softonic and CNET as they have been found to be adding malware to downloads. Avast! AV is guilty of doing the same!
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Try Safari - Preferences - Extensions

    Delete them all - test - add back the ones you want.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Try Safari - Preferences - Extensions

    Delete them all - test - add back the ones you want.


    Wouldn't that be the nice handy day when browser snoopware and crapware just installed a nice browser extension. Yeah, right!!

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    Adobe reader, CNET, downloads dot com and a few other sites are doing exactly that.

    I have personally forgotten to uncheck the box that's checked by default when installing an Adobe reader update and had it install 4 different extensions - including one that changed my default search engine to Bing.

    May not be the case in the above, and this definitely is not going to get rid of something like Geneio - but, it is the first easy place to check - before you start looking everywhere for some piece of malware.
    Last edited by bobtomay; 11-12-2014 at 10:07 PM.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  7. #22
    Hi there, the same problem here.
    I just use mackeeper to find genieo files and erase them.
    So i hope that the problem is solved.

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    You will probably find MacKeeper to more of a problem than a help in the long run. I'd get rid of it before it can do any mischief.

  9. #24
    Ok problem solved.
    First run MacKeeper or similar program,then find the files erase them and then go to safari extensions in safari preferences and you will find installer button.
    Hit the button,that's all.

  10. #25
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    I recommend against MacKeeper. Getting rid of Genieo with that is like getting rid of a cold by getting the flu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    I recommend against MacKeeper. Getting rid of Genieo with that is like getting rid of a cold by getting the flu.
    OK, I'm horrified!!! Good analogy though MacInWin. I suppose the next step is how to get rid of MacKeeper.
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

  12. #27
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    https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0

    There is a simple way annotated in that thread.

    EDIT: The post by John Galt. And read the stuff at the top about how if you've used it already, you need to reinstall OS X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0

    There is a simple way annotated in that thread.

    EDIT: The post by John Galt. And read the stuff at the top about how if you've used it already, you need to reinstall OS X.

    Not necessary to reinstall OS X IMHO. But doing so can sometimes fix some goofy behaviour. Like running the appropriate COMBO Update.

    Besides one needs to fix any files it may have modified first and most parts will still remain in one's Users folders.

  14. #29
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    "Necessary" depends on how you used Mackeeper. As it says,
    If you actually used MacKeeper to alter your system, e.g. "remove excess binaries" or such, you will need to reinstall OS X as well as all your additional software. Uninstalling MacKeeper is insufficient to reverse the corruption it is capable of - once again, that is if you used it.

    If you merely installed MacKeeper but did not use it to perform any particular action, the following instructions will suffice.

  15. #30
    Thanks, pm-r!

    It took me awhile to fix google and firefox... because I kept looking in the wrong place for the new settings icon.. the three horizontal bars... because three horizontal bars makes soooooooo much sense as a settings icon.

    The adware medic must have fixed Safari previously because that was ok... no search.strtpoint.

    Anyway, guys... HOW do I prevent these pop-ups from trying to force me into downloading malware?
    I've had it happen a few times in the last week. All I could do was quit the browser.

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