Search Marquis is a malware that infects your Mac and takes over the search engine. So if you notice Chrome redirecting you to Bing or Yahoo Search whenever browsing, chances are your Mac has been caught by the Search Marquis malware.
When we hear the words “malware” or “virus,” we instantly panic. After all, no one wants to catch a computer virus that messes with the system. However, Search Marquis isn’t necessarily a harmful malware but an annoying one. The malware doesn’t steal data or passwords. Instead, it takes over the browser’s search engine.
Hello, my name is Andreas. I’m a tech guy who loves solving people’s problems on the internet. One of my areas of expertise is everything Chrome Mac-related. I prefer Chrome over Safari, and I love solving Chrome-related problems.
I’m here to show you how to get rid of Search Marquis on Chrome Mac with solutions that will fix the problem. But before we do that, let’s dive deeper into Search Marquis.
What is Search Marquis?
As I mentioned, Search Marquis is malware that redirects traffic from your search engine to Bing or Yahoo Search. So, in a sense, Search Marquis is a browser hijacker virus.
So how did you get your system infected with Search Marquis? Well, the most common infection method is through browser extensions. This is because some extensions serve the purpose of aiding you while browsing online.
Others serve the purpose of harboring malware. Unfortunately, these extensions are tricky to spot as they usually have manipulated ratings. So a particular extension will trick you into downloading a browser hijacker.
Another way to infect your Mac with Search Marquis is by downloading free apps from untrusted sources.
Regardless, you should get rid of Search Marquis at once. Here is how to do that.
Solution 1 – Delete the App
If you know exactly which application harbors the browser hijacker, your best course of action is to delete it at once. Follow these steps to delete any malicious app from your Mac.
Step 1: Open Finder and visit your Applications folder. The shortcut to use is “Shift” + “Command” + “A” while in Finder.
Step 2: While in the Applications folder, look for any suspicious applications. Once you identify the potential Search Marquis app, drag the app to the Trash (or right-click and “Move To Trash”) and empty it.
In these two short steps, you will delete the malicious application successfully. With that, you will also remove the malware from your system.
Solution 2 – Remove Dubious Log-In Items
Extensions and apps aren’t the only way to infect your system with Search Maquis. Sometimes, we can infect our system by logging in to malicious websites and apps that manually download the malware.
Luckily, we can remove the log-in access to these websites through Mac to eliminate the malware. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Launch System Preferences and go to “Users & Groups.”
Step 2: You will see two tabs, “Password” and “Login Items”. Click on “Login Items”.
Step 3: When in “Login Items”, look for suspicious applications or websites. Tick the box where it says “Hide” and click on the minus sign “–” to remove the app or website’s credentials from your system.
Solution 3 – Delete the Search Marquis Folder
Solutions 1 and 2 might not get rid of Search Marquis successfully. Fortunately, when that happens, we can always turn to the following solution to get the job done.
Namely, sometimes we don’t delete the malware and need to delete its folder manually. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Click on “Go” and “Go to Folder.”
Step 2: In the search field, type in the following:
Step 3: Check each folder for any Search Marquis-related files. An easier way to do that is to type “Search Marquis” or “Marquis” in the search bar.
Step 4: Move the files into the Trash and empty them.
Solution 4 – Delete Extensions
The final solution is to delete malicious extensions that harbor the virus. Since we’re talking about Chrome, here is how to delete potentially malicious extensions from the browser.
Step 1: Launch Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner, and click on “More Tools” then “Extensions”.
Step 2: Locate the potentially malicious extension and click “Remove.”
That concludes this short guide on removing Search Marquis from Chrome Mac. As you can see, there’s no need to panic because you have multiple ways to do it.
What’s important is to get rid of Search Marquis the moment you notice it. I look forward to reading about potential other solutions you might have to get rid of Search Marquis on Chrome Mac. Leave a comment below.