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SafeSurfing. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Also known as SafeSurfing browser hijacker | Type: Browser Hijackers
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What is SafeSurfing?

SafeSurfing is a browser hijacker that can be installed thinking that it is a very useful application that can be used for searching the web without a fear to be infected by malware. However, before you fall for such believing, you should keep in mind that there are lots of PC security experts who have added it to browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program and even spyware categories. This was done for a very simple reason - as soon as this program enters the system, it alters its settings and then starts redirections to SafeSurfing and other websites that haven't been visited by the user previously. No matter that people widely believe that SafeSurfing redirects are harmless, have you ever thought how visiting on a suspicious website may end for you? First of all, you may be tricked into revealing your personal information. Secondly, you may be tricked into downloading useless software to your PC system, which may lead you to unwanted pop-up ads, in-text links, banners and similar unwanted things. However, the most important thing about SafeSurfing virus is that this parasite may start tracking your web browsing activity and may collect your search terms, mostly visited websites and data that you enter when visiting them. After collecting all this data, SafeSurfing spyware sends gathered information to its developers and related parties. This may lead you to serious problems because you can never know what it can be used for. If you have already been tricked into downloading this program to your PC system, you should not even hesitate and remove it from your computer. The easiest way to do that is to scan computer with updated anti-spyware, like SpyHunter.


How can SafeSurfing hijack my computer?

SafeSurfing is technically not a virus but it's clean that it belongs to unreliable developers. If you want to stay safe, you need to be careful with what you install from the Internet because there are lots of suspicious programs that are presented as very useful tools. In addition, you can also end up with adware and similar potentially unwanted software by installing freeware without checking what components it has. That's why we highly recommend selecting only Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. Of course, you should also be careful and uncheck all pre-checked check marks that claim that you really want to install additional browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, toolbars and similar components on your computer. If this is too late for you because SafeSurfing virus is already hiding in your PC system, you should waste no time and fix your computer by removing this program from your PC system. Sometimes it can be hard because such programs as this one try to hide deep inside the system and prevent their removal from computer. Fortunately, we prepared a special SafeSurfing removal guide, which is given down below:

How to remove SafeSurfing virus?

If SafeSurfing browser hijacker is already hiding in your computer, you should use a guide below and fix it:

SafeSurfing properties:
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

You can remove SafeSurfing 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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SafeSurfing manual removal

Kill processes:
asbltzun.exe, netsync.exe, regsync.exe, richup.exe, installerv3.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\netsync
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\regsync
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\richedtr
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\richup
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\rsyncmon
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\vbrundll
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{16B238D5-80DE-47CE-8F17-B3ECE2C2248D}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{197B8CA4-E215-46DD-8F33-E0544A80E5C4}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{F79A2C4B-8776-4ED7-8B2F-4786A4A3500A}
Delete files:
asbltzun.exe, netsync.exe, regsync.exe, richup.exe, installerv3.exe, rsyncmon.dll, redtrsha.dll, richedtr.dll, vbrundll.dll, commcos2.dll

Manual SafeSurfing Removal Guide

Quick menu:

Step 1: Uninstall SafeSurfing and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove SafeSurfing from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove SafeSurfing from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / 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.
Uninstall SafeSurfing and related programs
  • Here, look for SafeSurfing or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove SafeSurfing from Mac OS X system

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

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

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

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Remove SafeSurfing from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

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: Uninstall SafeSurfing from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove SafeSurfing from Internet Explorer (IE)

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.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SafeSurfing and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select '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.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and 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 SafeSurfing removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove SafeSurfing from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select SafeSurfing and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them 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.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select '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 SafeSurfing removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove SafeSurfing from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select SafeSurfing and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon 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.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select '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 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs 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.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SafeSurfing removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove SafeSurfing from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for SafeSurfing or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons 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 SafeSurfing, 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.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and 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 SafeSurfing removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete SafeSurfing removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of SafeSurfing registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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