There is a pretty annoying issue that can happen after installing freebie software from some providers (we’re not naming names now). Sometimes, the installers of those freebies add something called “Genieo” and it circumvents your choice of search engine in Safari (or your preferred web browser). Apple’s Discussion forum offers a few solutions for this nuisance, however I believe there can be a fairly quick and painless fix so this. This is what I found to be working for me:
I noticed that search terms get redirected to http://search.strtpoint.com before they get further redirected to bing.com When you enter http://search.strtpoint.com in Safari’s address bar and hit return or enter, you’ll land on a simple search page that looks like this:
From the text links below, click “Remove InstallMac”, the one I circled red. It will first download a disk image with an uninstaller. Find the uninstaller image in your Downloads folder, mount it using DiskUtility or by simply double-clicking it, then run the uninstaller. There are a couple more instructions, such as resetting Safari’s preferences, i.e. not opening on bing.com as a homepage and if you got “Omnibar” Extension installed and activated, also make sure you reset the search engine being used to “default” instead of “Genieo”. In my case, following the above procedure did it without needing to locate “hidden” directories and removing files using the command line tool, let alone back up and reinstall the system and such things.
Hope, this helps someone save some time and sanity….