Remove SafeSearch
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SafeSearch | Type: Browser Hijackers

SafeSearch is a search engine that has been included to 'browser hijacker' category. It was done not without of no reason because it may hijack each of your web browsers and then initiate redirects to predetermined web sites. This is mostly done for trying to promote these sites and increase the number of their visitors. However, people can hardly know what website they will be redirected to because SafeSearch.net is supported by third parties that can easily decide what they want to promote without its developers knowledge. So, you should be very careful with this search site because you may be tricked into visiting harmful websites that are used for spreading unsafe programs. Besides, this questionable search engine may also block the access to some of your Internet resources without your permission asked and start displaying unexpected advertisements or pop-ups with commercial or pornographic content. Beware that SafeSearch has the ability to update itself via the Internet, so it can also be used to track people and steal personal information from their computers. If you want to keep your PC secure, you should get rid of this search engine without wasting your time. You can do that with a help of a guide that is given below.

HOW CAN SAFESEARCH HIJACK MY COMPUTER?

SafeSearch is suspicious search engine not only because of its redirects and pop-up ads. That's because it is also spread using questionable and suspicious methods. One of such methods is known as 'bundling' and is closely related to freeware and shareware. In order to stay safe and prevent infiltration of such programs as SafeSearch virus, you should start checking what programs you use. Please, avoid questionable, illegal and clearly suspicious programs when trying to avoid SafeSearch. Also, if you decide to install a free program from the Internet and think that it's safe, select Custom or Advanced installation method. After that, follow every installation step of the freeware and opt out of such potentially unwanted programs as this one. Basically, you need to uncheck all check boxes that offer you to change your start page and default search engine because this may easily allow installation of this suspicious search engine. If it manages to get on its target PC system, it may modify your PC's settings and start running every time you reboot your computer. If you want to avid redirects that appear on each of your browsing session, continuous pop-up ads and similar unwanted activities, you should remove SafeSearch from your computer. 

HOW TO REMOVE SAFESEARCH?

If you are suffering from SafeSearch redirects, pop-up ads and other inconveniences, you should waste no time because you may be tricked into downloading more dangerous virus on your computer. Act now and check your PC with updated anti-spyware or follow a guide below if you want to keep your PC safe.

SafeSearch properties:
• Shows commercial adverts
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

Automatic SafeSearch Removal Guide

You can remove SafeSearch automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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SafeSearch manual removal

Kill processes:
aanyvkcf.exe, safesearch.exe, rgzcdhtn.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\aanyvkcf
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SafeSearch
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\rgzcdhtn
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PrimeSoft
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SafeSearch
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.QSCH
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QSCH File
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SafeSearch.SafeSearchBHO
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SafeSearch.SafeSearchBHO.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{28E6CCE2-3F2C-4B3D-9CB4-2FC8715A3ECE}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{82E9DE01-D860-40E4-B9C1-91F0E8272962}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{CB5006EE-F57D-4116-B7B6-48EB564FE0F0}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mime\database\content type\application/x-QSCH
HKEY_USERS\.default\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Trusted External Applications\%System%\aanyvkcf.exe=yes
HKEY_USERS\.default\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Suffixes\Application/x-QSCH
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\aanyvkcf
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\rgzcdhtn
Unregister DLLs:
safesearch.dll, _safesearch.dll

Delete files:
aanyvkcf.exe, safesearch.exe, rgzcdhtn.exe, safesearch.dll, _safesearch.dll
Delete directories:
C:\Program Files\Primesoft\SafeSearch

Manual SafeSearch Removal Guide

Step 1

Uninstall SafeSearch and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for SafeSearch or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for SafeSearch or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Step 2

Remove SafeSearch from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3

Remove SafeSearch from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SafeSearch and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete SafeSearch removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select SafeSearch and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete SafeSearch removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select SafeSearch and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SafeSearch removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari
Remove dangerous plugins
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
  • Here, select Extentions and look for SafeSearch or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by SafeSearch, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete SafeSearch removal process.

Geolocation of SafeSearch

Map reveals the prevalence of SafeSearch. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Saudi Arabia and Italy.

Removal guides in other languages


Information added: 09/26/14 03:08; information updated: 09/26/14 03:08

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Comments on SafeSearch

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rome
I did the manual and it worked, but a bit otherwise.

I almost didnt find any of the registry stated above, but I did find 2 others in one of the stated directories. I also searched for all the files in "search", I let it finish, bit long searches. It found me 2 more files, and I deleted them, and from recycle bin.
Probably should say, I also disabled them through firefox addons (that was my contaminated browser), and tried to uninstall through programs, but dont remember if there was anything to uninstall. Also probably should check "Program Files" or/and "Program Files (x84)" for folders with these names and delete them (be careful not to delete other things that are not connected).

Good luck everybody.
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James
How would you do this on windows 8.1? I Just got it and got safe search XD
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Mike
Please disable safsearch
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Safesearch
Painfull and hard to rid of!

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