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  1. #1
    Google Chrome hijacked
    "Search mine" took over my Google Chrome browser on my MacBook running Mojave 10.14. Google Chrome version 80.

    I almost always use Safari but occasionally I have to use Chrome for a web site. Like the payoff schedule does not fully displaying Safari so I have to use Chrome.

    My Chrome browser has been hijackd by "search mine". I removed Chrome from my machine and re-installed a new download. search mine came back. I run Malwarebytes Premium and I talked to them but Malwarebytes cannot remove this.

    How can I remove "search mine" from my machine?

  2. #2
    Google Chrome hijacked
    IWT's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2009
    Born in Scotland, Worked in Scotland then England, Now live in Wales
    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac 5K Retina 27", August 2019, 3.6GHz Intel Core i9, Memory 32GB, 2TB SSD, macOS Mojave 10.14.6
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    I'm almost certain that there was a whole thread dedicated to your problem, perhaps about 3 weeks ago. I'll try to find it.

    In the meantime, this Link provides ways & means of dealing with this: Hi Chrome community, I have just discovered I have search mine malware on my computer. help? - Google Chrome Community


  3. #3
    Google Chrome hijacked
    ferrarr's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 21, 2012
    Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A.
    Your Mac's Specs
    L2014 Mac mini macOS 15, iPhone 11 iOS 13, 1st Gen 12.9" iPad Pro iPadOS 13
    Rep Power
    Download and install AppCleaner, AppCleaner. After you install it, open it. Uninstall Chrome, and make sure to select (in AppCleaner) all checkbox options to delete.

    Sometimes, when you uninstall apps, they leave preference files or plist files, to make re-installation easier.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

  4. #4
    Google Chrome hijacked
    Randy B. Singer's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 01, 2011
    Sacramento, California
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrygou View Post
    How can I remove "search mine" from my machine?
    Here's how to do it manually:

    Hi Chrome community, I have just discovered I have search mine malware on my computer. help? - Google Chrome Community

    You may want to try the free version of this program first if doing things manually seems daunting to you:

    DetectX Swift
    DetectX – sqwarq | security for your mac
    Randy B. Singer
    Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)
    Mac OS X Routine Maintenance

  5. #5
    Google Chrome hijacked
    Rod's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 12, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    Your Mac's Specs
    2015 MacBook Pro Retina 13" macOSX 10.15.1
    Rep Power
    We would love to hear back from you on your success or failure removing this annoying malware. Your outcome will help us add to our database of solutions for others with the same or similar problems.
    Don't be an April Fool: WORLD BACKUP DAY MARCH 31st

  6. #6
    Google Chrome hijacked
    PGB1's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 05, 2008
    Your Mac's Specs
    2007 Mac Book Pro 2.2 Ghz 4 GB RAM SSD OSX 10.11 & 2006 MBP Stuck At 10.6.8
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    Hi Barrygou,
    Here is an article from that contains a link to a zip file with a tool that was built to remove SearchMine from Chrome:

    How do I get rid of SearchMine on Chrome? - Google Chrome Community

    I don't know if Google writes these articles or monitors them for safety, so please check to be certain this is a legitimate before you click the link.

    Hope This Helps,

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