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01 July 2014
Search Protect
Risk Impact:
Systems Affected:


OSX.SearchProtect is a desktop application that modifies the default search engine for Web browsers.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 20 September 2019 revision 017
  • Initial Daily Certified version 30 June 2014 revision 041
  • Latest Daily Certified version 15 August 2019 revision 002
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 02 July 2014
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
The risk must be installed manually and is usually bundled with third-party installers or download managers.

The risk may connect with the following domains while installing to track the installation, retrieve configuration information, or download components:

Once installed it creates the following files:
  • ~/Conduit/addressBarUrl.txt
  • ~/Conduit/defaultSearch.txt
  • ~/Conduit/publisherDisplayName.txt
  • ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ConduitNPAPIPlugin.plugin/Contents/Info.plist
  • ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ConduitNPAPIPlugin.plugin/Contents/MacOS/ConduitNPAPIPlugin

The risk then modifies the default search engine for Web browsers.
The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products for Macintosh.
  1. Update the virus definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan and repair or delete all the files detected.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to the Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted on U.S. business days (Monday through Friday). You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response website and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to the Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).
The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are available: Read "How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater " for detailed instructions.

2. To scan for and delete the infected files
  • Start your Norton AntiVirus or Symantec Endpoint Protection for Macintosh program and make sure that it is configured to scan all files.
  • Run a full system scan.
  • If any files are detected, click Repair (if available) or Delete.
Writeup By: Paul Mangan