Search.societycake.com hijacker removal tutorial (Mac).

Search.societycake.com is a browser hijacker. It changes the home page to start with search.societycake.com. Additionally, it causes unwanted browser redirections through itself. Whenever you submit certain search query into your browser, it will be redirected through search.societycake.com instead of Google Search engine. Finding information by means of this hijacker is not a good idea, since you will not be able to find any relevant data through it.

Example of search.societycake.com as it appears in all widely used Mac browsers:

Search.societycake.com hijacker
Search.societycake.com home page hijacker

Quick facts about search.societycake.com hijacker.

What happens with your browser when search.societycake.com is enabled?

Search.societycake.com hijacker typically attacks Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers in Mac. It is definitely the problem for many users today. They do not remember installing this hijacker directly. They wonder how in the world it could attack their computers and become the part of their browsers. Definitely, these are the questions that need to be answered, but most important thing for you is to find how to get rid of this nasty pest.

Search.societycake.com is known to be bundled by default with other free software. If you regularly or casually download and install some free software, make sure you always check what else you are suggested to make the part of your computer. In case you find the information about Search.societycake.com or other useless third-party programs recommended by default, your responsibility in this case is to select advanced installation option to uncheck these additional programs from getting into your system.

What caused search.societycake.com to become active in your browser?

Some users fail to notice such important details during installation of free programs. And this is exactly how they allow unwanted software like search.societycake.com to get into their Macs. Again, to look for relevant data through this hijacker is the waste of your time. Plus, your Mac infected with search.societycake.com may start functioning extremely sluggish.

Ways to remove search.societycake.com intrusion.

Our suggestion is that you thoroughly scan your Mac with MacBooster to fix any problems with your browser and your computer in general. The guide below shows all the necessary steps you need to implement for this purpose. Feel free to contact us for further help if you need it.


Detailed search.societycake.com removal steps.

STEP 1. Scanning your workstation with anti-malware software for search.societycake.com detection.

Detailed steps to remove search.societycake.com from Mac:

  1. Download MacBooster by clicking on the “Download” button above.
  2. Install the application.
  3. Click on “Scan”:
  4. Macbooster - Scan
    MacBooster – Scan
  5. The application will begin scanning your computer:
  6. MacBooster scanning process
    MacBooster scanning process
  7. Once the scanning is over, click on “Fix”, then select “Activate Now”:
  8. MacBooster - Activate Now
    MacBooster – Activate Now
  9. Activate the program, then apply all fixes and restart your system:
  10. Repeat scanning.
  11. Follow additional tips below to repair your browser infected by search.societycake.com.

STEP 2. Remove search.societycake.com from Google Chrome browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
    Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Google Chrome, then right-click again on the name of Google Chrome browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Google Chrome quick launch properties
    Google Chrome quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Google Chrome in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Google Chrome should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Google Chrome executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome).
  • In Google Chrome, click on its “Settings” button in the form of three vertical dots, then select “Settings“:
  • Google Chrome settings
    Google Chrome settings
  • Find “On start-up” settings, then click on “Set pages” link:
  • Google Chrome - Set Pages
    Google Chrome – Set Pages
  • Remove pages added by the hijacker by clicking on the “X” next to it. Add “google.com” as a new startup page, or any other page you prefer. Finally, click on “OK“:
  • Google Chrome - Add a new page
    Google Chrome – Add a new page
  • In Google Chrome, click on the menu button in the upper-right section of the screen which either looks like three vertical dots. Scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu and click on “Settings” (as shown in one of the images above).
  • Select “Extensions” in the left part of the window. Uncheck suspicious extension, then click on the Trash icon next to it.
  • Google Chrome extensions
    Google Chrome extensions
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove search.societycake.com from Google Chrome did not help. When in Google Chrome settings mode, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Show advanced settings“:
  • Google Chrome - Show Advanced Settings
    Google Chrome – Show Advanced Settings
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Reset settings” button:
  • Google Chrome - Reset Settings
    Google Chrome – Reset Settings
  • In the pop-up window, click on “Reset“:
  • Google Chrome - Reset
    Google Chrome – Reset

STEP 3. Remove search.societycake.com from Mozilla Firefox browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
    Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Mozilla Firefox, then right-click again on the name of Mozilla Firefox browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
    Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Mozilla Firefox in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Mozilla Firefox should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Mozilla Firefox executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox).
  • Click on Mozilla Firefox “Settings” button in the form of three horizontal lines in the right upper part of the windows. Click on “Options“:
  • Mozilla Firefox options
    Mozilla Firefox options
  • In the “Home Page” field, change the parameter to “google.com” or any other home page you like. Or you may simply click on “Restore to Default” button:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Restoring home page to default
    Mozilla Firefox – Restoring home page to default
  • In Mozilla Firefox, click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of the browser window. Click on “Add-ons“:
  • Mozilla Firefox add-ons
    Mozilla Firefox add-ons
  • Click on the “Extensions” tab in the left part of the windows. Check suspicious extensions. If you identify them, click on “Disable“, then on “Remove“:
  • Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
    Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove search.societycake.com from Mozilla Firefox did not help. Click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of Mozilla Firefox and select the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox question mark
    Mozilla Firefox question mark
  • Click on “Troubleshooting information” in the slide-out menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Troubleshooting information
    Mozilla Firefox – Troubleshooting information
  • Select the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the new web page:
  • Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
    Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
  • Finally, click on “Refresh Firefox” again to confirm the action.

STEP 4. Remove search.societycake.com from Internet Explorer browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Internet Explorer similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Note that the path to Internet Explorer executable should be “C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe”.
  • Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Then click on “Internet options“:
  • Internet Explorer - Internet Options
    Internet Explorer – Internet Options
  • In the “General” tab, click on “Use default” or change home page manually to google.com or other start page of your choice. Then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Internet Explorer home page settings
    Internet Explorer home page settings
  • Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Select “Manage add-ons“:
  • Internet Explorer - Manage add-ons
    Internet Explorer – Manage add-ons
  • Find suspicious toolbar or extension. Click on it (make it highlighted). Then click on “Disable” button related to this particular toolbar or extension.
  • Disabling toolbars and extensions in Internet Explorer
    Disabling toolbars and extensions in Internet Explorer
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove search.societycake.com from Internet Explorer did not help. Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Select “Internet Options“.
  • Select “Advanced” tab, then click on “Reset“:
  • Internet Explorer advanced tab and Reset command
    Internet Explorer advanced tab and Reset command
  • Select appropriate reset options, then click on “Reset“:
  • Resetting Internet Explorer
    Resetting Internet Explorer

STEP 5. Remove search.societycake.com from Microsoft Edge browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Microsoft Edge similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Click on Microsoft Edge settings button in the form of three horizontal dots, then click on “Settings“:
  • Microsoft Edge settings
    Microsoft Edge settings
  • Delete suspicious home page added by search.societycake.com and enter google.com as your new home page or some other start page of your choice:
  • Fixing Microsoft Edge home page
    Fixing Microsoft Edge home page

STEP 6. Remove search.societycake.com from Opera browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Opera browser similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Note that the path to Opera executable should be set as “C:/Program Files/Opera/launcher.exe”.
  • In Opera, click on its “Opera” button and select “Settings“:
  • Opera settings
    Opera settings
  • Click on “Set pages“:
  • Opera - Set Pages
    Opera – Set Pages
  • Add “google.com” as the new startup page, or any other page of your choice. Click on “OK“:
  • Opera browser - home page settings
    Opera browser – home page settings
  • Click on “Opera” menu in the upper-right part of the browser. Select “Extensions“, then click on “Manage extensions“:
  • Managing Opera extensions
    Managing Opera extensions
  • If you find anything suspicious, disable and delete it.

STEP 7. (optional) Removing malware from Safari in Mac OS X.

To clean Safari browser please follow this guide.

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