If you find Search.flagbeg.com, a questionable search engine page, in your browser, this means that you are a Mac owner. How do we know it for sure? Well, this potentially unwanted program (PUP), which can also be called a browser hijacker as a matter of fact, can only be found infecting Mac OSX machines. In fact, we have found that this PUP is identical to Search.ishimotto.com and Search.pensirot.com, and can show up in your Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome browsers. This search page may look legitimate but it can, unfortunately, present to you potentially unsafe third-party advertisements and other questionable contents. Another problem is that the presence of this PUP in your browsers could also be a sign that malicious programs have also entered along with it. In other words, chances are there are multiple threats on your system right now making it vulnerable. If you want to keep your Mac safe, you should not hesitate to remove Search.flagbeg.com from your browsers.
It is essential that you learn how such a PUP can show up on your system because only then can you avoid the next one or even more serious threats. This PUP can infiltrate your system even without your noticing it. Of course, a lot of times you are actually notified about the browser setting changes; however, it may be done in a concealed manner so you might overlook it. This can happen, for instance, when you are installing a free program and it comes in a bundle that also offer you to install extra tools, including this PUP. Unfortunately, if you download such a bundle from shady torrent or shareware pages, chances are it will be filled with malware infections like browser hijackers, Trojans, adware programs, and more. This can seriously increase the vulnerability of your system. If you have installed free programs recently, we recommend that after you delete Search.flagbeg.com from your computer, you use a trustworthy online malware scanner to help you identify all possible threat sources on your system as well.
Of course, it is also possible that your Mac is not infected but you simply land on a suspicious website and you click on the wrong content there. For instance, there are fake movie and TV series streaming pages that pretend to show you the video that you are looking for; however, when it comes to playing it, you could be prompted to have to download the latest Flash driver or other software. Of course, you would simply install a PUP like this instead or even worse, malicious threats. Clicking on corrupt third-party ads on such fake and suspicious page, including online betting, gaming, file-sharing, and pornographic pages, could result in installing such a PUP or more. Even if you believe that your Mac is not infected, we still advise you to use a malware scanner after you delete Search.flagbeg.com.
This PUP is not different from most other questionable search engines. At first sight, you may not even realize that your homepage or new tab page settings have changed because this search page may look totally similar to any reputable ones like Google. Because of this reason, most users may not even want to remove it. However, we have found that this search page does not even show its own generated results. Instead, it forwards your searches to a possibly altered Yahoo results page that can contain potentially unreliable third-party ads and links. This PUP actually can be used by its authors to generate revenue through promoting affiliates. However, these affiliates may not always be trustworthy, i.e., even cyber criminals may pose as third parties. This means that you could possibly click on corrupt ads or links that may take you to malicious websites or drop infections directly. Therefore, we advise you to remove Search.flagbeg.com as soon as possible.
You can choose to eliminate this PUP manually if you follow our guide below this report. It is important that you remember to scan your computer for other threats as well because leaving them on board without taking proper action could make your system even more vulnerable. You can try to detect and erase all suspicious programs yourself but there is a chance that you would leave more serious threats on your computer. Thus, it would be more efficient to use a reliable anti-malware application like SpyHunter.