What is VSearch?
VSearch is a relatively popular adware program, met mostly under the cover of a video-streaming installers. Some of you may recognise it under the name of Downlite, a scam torrent-downloader which has not been present on the web recently. VSearch can be easily recognised-once you’re trying to open a particular page, it redirects you to another search engine, or it simply causes unrelated pop-up advertisement to appear on your screen. VSearch was a pioneer among adware apps to be identified as malicious by Apple. The program was blocked, but the threat remains.
The following things should be eliminated. Have in mind that for some of them you should have administrator access, so check whether you’re actually logged in through your Mac’s admin account. If you are not, it is very likely that you will be unable to delete some items. Further on, remember that we are only discussing the known VSearch items, which doesn’t encompass all of them. If you are not able to find a specific file using the path below, read something on locating files from paths.
/Library/Application Support/VSearch /Library/LaunchAgents/com.vsearch.agent.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.daemon.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vsearch.helper.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/Jack.plist /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/Jack /System/Library/Frameworks/VSearch.framework /System/Library/Frameworks/v.framework
Files can also appear under the following names (‘xxx’ can replace any word):
/Library/LaunchAgents/com.xxx.agent.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.xxx.daemon.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.xxx.helper.plist
As we mentioned, ‘xxx’ can stand for any word. What is important to remember is that the particular word in a system will repeat itself in all files on that system.Therefore, if you recognise the word in any of your files-delete them!
Additionally, check the LaunchAgent and LaunchDemons files and look for specific ‘xxx’ locations:
/Library/Application Support/xxx /System/Library/Frameworks/xxx.framework
Once you’re done with eliminating known VSearch files, restart your computer and empty the trash.