Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


Search.flagbeg.com is a fake search page that appears to be all authentic and innocent; however, we have found that it shows browser hijackers and adware traits as well. In the end, we have categorized it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it may not pose a direct threat to your system and it mainly sneaks onto your Mac computer when installing a PUP. This new search page is in fact identical to a previous threat called Search.yofitofix.com. This PUP only seems to work in the OSX environment and can affect Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Since this search page can expose you to questionable third-party advertisements and links, and it can also spy on you and shared the collected information with third parties, we believe that it is a bad idea to keep it active on your system. As a matter of fact, we suggest that you remove Search.flagbeg.com as soon as possible unless you want to experience first hand what might happen if you engage with unreliable web content.

Our research shows that this PUP can slither onto your system without your knowledge or even without your permission. This means that there is little chance that you install it knowingly or on purpose. It is more likely that you click on a corrupt third-party ad or link while surfing the web and ending up on a suspicious site, which results in the installation of this search page in your browsers probably behind your back. You can also get redirected to malicious pages that may try to push you to install this PUP if you want to leave the page but it may seem like an innocent promotion, too. In these cases it is possible that you only infect your system with this PUP alone and all you need to do is delete Search.flagbeg.com from your browsers.

However, it is also possible that you install this PUP as part of a free software bundle, which is clearly the worse case since a bundle may carry several PUPs and even malware infections packed together. This is exactly how most users infect their computer with adware programs, Trojans, fake alerts, ransomware programs, and browser hijackers as well. If you have installed free software lately that you downloaded from a questionable source like a torrent or freeware site, chances are that was indeed a software bundle responsible for most or all your infections that are operating behind your back now. This is why we suggest that you run a reliable malware scanner on your system right after you delete Search.flagbeg.com.

This search page can appear in your major browsers on your Mac, as we have already mentioned it. The truth is that it can be very deceiving because it actually looks like any other legitimate search engine. However, when you run a web search, you will find yourself on a Yahoo search results page. Which may not even be that suspicious until we tell you that these results can be modified by this PUP. Since it can collect information about you and your browsing habits, it is possible for it to present to you relevant-looking advertisements and sponsored links, too. However, these may not always be to be trusted. Unfortunately, you may drop more serious infections or get redirected to malicious websites waiting to scam you; one click on the wrong content is all it takes. This is why we believe that you should remove Search.flagbeg.com right away.

We have included below our instructions that will help you eliminate this potential threat from your Mac computer. Please remember that it is quite likely that there are other threats hiding on board as well. If you do not take action, these may expose you to even more malicious content and thus make you and your system more vulnerable to cyber attacks. If you want to protect your computer, it is important that you do not visit suspicious websites and do not click on random third-party advertisements either. Whenever you download free programs, you should only use reputable and official pages to do so. Of course, the best you can do for your and your system's protection is to install a reliable anti-malware program.

Remove Search.flagbeg.com from Mac

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to Applications.
  3. Select the unwanted application.
  4. Right-click on the application and choose Move to Trash.
  5. Right-click on the Trash and pick Empty Trash.

Reset your browsers


  1. Select Safari and click Preferences.
  2. Select the General tab.
  3. Delete "search.flagbeg.com" from the Homepage field.
  4. Type in a new homepage URL address.
  5. Select the Search tab.
  6. Click the drop-down menu and select your preferred search engine.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the menu.
  2. Click on the question mark.
  3. Click Troubleshooting Information.
  4. At the top of the page, click Refresh Firefox.
  5. Press Refresh Firefox in the pop-up window.

Google Chrome

  1. Open the menu.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Advanced at the bottom.
  4. Click Reset at the bottom.
  5. Press Reset in the pop-up window.
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