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Cannot get rid of Any Search Manager from Safari

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Okay I give up!
I have spent an hour scouring the internet for a way to get rid of Any Search Manage from my Safari browser (13.0.4)

I have visited several sites listing step by step instructions and I have followed them without success. I can be removed from website data but simply comes back. It has hijacked my Safari Preferences > General > New Window Opens With, New Tab Opens With and Homepage menus so that they are greyed out so that all open the Any Search Manager page instead.

It does not seem to be system wide, I can find no associated app nor any extension in Safari other than AdGuard.

It is limited to Safari only with Brave and Vivaldi functioning normally. I no longer have Chrome or Firefox installed.

I am at the point of considering reseting Safari because I have tried everything else including clearing all Safari History, running DetectX Swift, the free version of Malwarebytes, Disk Utility First Aid and OnyX.

I'd really appreciate some help here.:Grimmace:
 
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do you want to switch a search engine host, like duck duck go?
if things are greyed out, i would reset or reinstall safari, things should not be grayed out.
did this happen this after an OSX update?
you might have downloaded a nasty patch-malware, what does your homepage go to?
 

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No update involved. Safari cannot be reinstalled because it can't be removed and I no longer know how to completely reset Safari but thanks for your reply.
 
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in develop>look for "disable site specific hacks", is that set?
 

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The wired thing is I can't find it anywhere. My guess is it came parcelled with something else. There is, believe it or not an uninstall link at the bottom of its search page but that only takes you to a page with instructions on how to uninstall the app. If only it was that easy. The only place I see it at all is in Safari Prefs > Privacy > Manage Website Data. Here there are two cached items akamaihd.net which I think is associated and anysearchmanager.com I can remove them, which I have done numerous times but they come straight back.
 

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I FIXED IT !!!

On this page there was a clue that I had not seen on other pages on removal of Any Search Manager. See Below

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What I found in my case was an Admin Preference called "Mainpage" and it too said "Unassigned" like the example above.

Interesting because I removed this element using DetectX Swift earlier today. Apparently not all of it.

Anyway all page prefs are back in Safari and no more Any Search Manager :smile
 
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I FIXED IT !!!

On this page there was a clue that I had not seen on other pages on removal of Any Search Manager. See Below


What I found in my case was an Admin Preference called "Mainpage" and it too said "Unassigned" like the example above.

Interesting because I removed this element using DetectX Swift earlier today. Apparently not all of it.

Anyway all page prefs are back in Safari and no more Any Search Manager :smile
Sweet... sounds like a real pain in the rear. You should send an update to the DetectX developer in case this is an additional fix he can implement.
 

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Yes. Interesting because as I said this morning I did a scan using DetectX and found 4 references to Mainpage, I deleted them all but later in desperation I revisited Malwarebytes which I abandoned a while back due to their new business model. I was pleased to find there is still a free version for macOS even though it constantly pesters you to upgrade to premium. I ran it and it too came up with 4 instances of Mainpage which I removed again. In any case it did not remove the Admin Profile prefs.
 

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In any case it did not remove the Admin Profile prefs.
Why would it? Admin Profile preferences are legal entries and not malware. How is DetectX and/or Malwarebytes going to know the difference between profiles?
 

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I suppose one might think such things are identified by name by malware definitions. As such anything named Mainpage would be questionable. Perhaps that's not how they work but it certainly was a part of the problem.


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Why would it? Admin Profile preferences are legal entries and not malware. How is DetectX and/or Malwarebytes going to know the difference between profiles?
How would they know a browser extension, kernel, or anything else is not malware? I'm not familiar with how Profiles work, but surely there's a file stored somewhere that has specific properties that can be tied straight back to AnySearch Manager.
 
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Im happy your web browser is working, these things are frustrating no matter how menial or little the problem might be.
also
I noticed that Safari has improved greatly this month. that upgrade if more flexible than Edge or Firefox.
 
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Hi Rod
Thanks this helped a lot, i even installed clean my mac
which did not clean for anysearch, does it come back
when you reboot or is it clean?
 

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Yes, well as stated my problem was that there was no app. Many of the help pages online describe methods of deleting the app and associated files or a browser extension but that was not the issue. It’s likely that this annoying piece of malware has evolved since those articles were published.
no it hasn’t come back since I rooted out the Mainpage files.
 
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