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.
• Shows commercial adverts
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background
Automatic SafeSearch Removal Guide
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SafeSearch manual removal
aanyvkcf.exe, safesearch.exe, rgzcdhtn.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_USERS\.default\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Trusted External Applications\%System%\aanyvkcf.exe=yes
safesearch.dll, _safesearch.dllDelete files:
aanyvkcf.exe, safesearch.exe, rgzcdhtn.exe, safesearch.dll, _safesearch.dll
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.
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.
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
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SafeSearch and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Reset Internet Explorer
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.
Remove dangerous extensions
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.
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Here, select SafeSearch and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
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.
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Delete malicious plugins
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.
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Here, select SafeSearch and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
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.
Reset Google Chrome
When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
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.
What is browser hijacker?
Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.
Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.
Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by SafeSearch:
• Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
• Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
• Appearance of new tabs
• Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
• Decreased speed of every Internet browser
Geolocation of SafeSearch
This 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.
QR code for SafeSearch removal instructions
QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than
standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the
website is that parasites like SafeSearch are really hard to remove on infected computer.
you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to
uninstall SafeSearch right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.
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Information added: 2014-09-26 03:08
Information updated: 2014-09-26 03:08
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