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Remove GSafe virus (updated Aug 2019) - Free Guide

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GSafe virus is the adware that displays unwanted ads across multiple web browsers and installs shady PUAs

GSafe adware

GSafe is the adware that works in the same principle as any other potentially unwanted programs. The aim is to show redirects and bother you with these undesirable actions. Ad-supported pages like this display you suspicious material but when you click on a banner or pop-up injected on a common site, and visit the page with commercial content all those views and visits or clicks get monetized and creates pay-per-click revenue for the publisher and possibly for third-party sponsors.

However, all those views also allow shady companies and PUP developers to access information about you in particular. GSafe virus and associated people can use tracking cookies, other deceptive techniques and record your online browsing preferences, collect that data and use it for the malvertising campaigns in the future, where more personalized ads ensure that more clicks get generated. 

Name GSafe 
Type Adware[1]
Category Potentially unwanted program
Main danger Tracks various details about the user and causes malvertising campaigns that target particular users
Symptoms Shows questionable material, advertisements and causes tons of redirects to shady pages
Distribution Freeware installations with shady bundles
Elimination Use Reimage for GSafe removal

GSafe, also known as Gsafe.getawesome2.com, is the website that makes a huge difference in the speed and performance of the machine once it gets on the system. The PUP is even designed to install other useless and unnecessary browser extensions, tools, or system utilities to affect the machine even more.

Gsafe.getawesome2.com is the site that appears on the browser and mainly shows nothing besides notifications and strange pop-ups with encouragement to allow notifications or additional material. There might be different versions like Gsafe.getawesome3.com, or Gsafe.getawesome5.com, but all of them do the same. This is common adware that makes redirects and causes infiltration of other applications to ensure that needed pages get their views for monetization.

GSafe virus can show pop-ups in the browser or on the desktop directly with buttons:

  • Continue
  • Accept
  • Allow
  • Start.

This content loads on the screen, and once you agree to the suggestion from GSafe you permit this adware, so it can launch other materials, deliver push notifications and so on. Malicious extensions also get installed this way because this is the only direct permission that is required from the user.

You can encounter automatically installed toolbars, add-ons, and other in-browser or system applications. GSafe virus belongs to a PUP category, and most of these threats can do that without your knowledge. This is one of the most annoying and frustrating features because all the related files and programs keep you from eliminating the adware properly.

GSafe
GSafe is the potentially unwanted program that shows coupons, pop-ups with deals and discounts to lure people into visiting their affiliated pages.
GSafe is a potentially unwanted program that should be avoided. Beware that you may be tricked into downloading it to your computer after being convinced that it is designed for improving your browsing experience on the web. Unfortunately, after installing this application, you may notice no improvement.

Even more, you may start noticing lots of annoying pop-up ads and redirects to unknown websites. This technique is used for promoting affiliated sites that seek to increase their page rank or sales. However, the fact that you can never know what website you may be redirected to allows us and experts[2] to recommend people to remove GSafe from the system.

In addition, redirects, popups, and similar activities may also be accompanied by tracking your browsing habits.[3] GSafe as any intrusive program travels around in a bundle with tracking cookies, so it may start recording your search queries, mostly visited websites, time that you sent on each of these sites, data that you enter, etc.

No matter what program's developers declare that they do not collect personally identifiable information, you can never be sure that this data won't be shared with scammers or other bad people. If GSafe redirects and pop-up ads have already started bothering you, you have two options: you can ignore these activities or remove the program that causes them.

We think that this should be the method used for fixing computer issues. Get antivirus tool like Reimage for the best results of this GSafe PUP elimination process since such tools can also help with eliminating the virus damage.

GSafe PUA
GSafe virus is the program designed to use misleading marketing techniques and infiltrate PCs without users' knowledge.

Bundled software shows no symptoms while infiltrating the system

This is one of those programs that have been labeled as potentially unwanted program or adware. Beware that most of such programs are spread using tricky and quite unfair methods. The most known of them is called bundling. If you want to protect yourself and avoid useless and suspicious programs, try to be very careful when downloading freeware and shareware.

Remember that there are hundreds of download managers, PDf creators, video streaming programs and similar apps that are used for distributing questionable browser add-ons, plugins, and extensions. Fortunately, you can avoid them. You just need to be very careful when downloading freeware to your computer.

In order to get the ability to see what Optional downloads are hiding in one or other program, you should opt for the Custom or Advanced installation method of the freeware. Once you opt for it, make sure you get rid of all offers to install previously mentioned components.

Otherwise, you should start preparing for annoying pop-up ads, redirects, slowdowns, and similar inconveniences. To keep your PC secure, you should avoid such programs as adware or rogue tools, PUPs. There are more reputable browser add-ons that can be used for improving the browsing experience.

Focus on GSafe virus elimination and clean the machine fully

If GSafe virus infiltrated your PC system and started initiating various unwanted activities on it, act now and remove this potentially unwanted program from the system. You can do this either using manual removal method or automatic removal. You should select this one if you want to eliminate ALL PUPs that may be hiding in your computer since the adware is capable of installing more than its own components.

Remote GSafe virus as soon as you notice those pop-ups or redirects and end the unwanted behavior by doing so. You need a scan on the system because other programs can affect the machine too not the adware we talk about here. System check indicates all potential threats.

Once the intruders get detected and show up on the screen as malicious programs, you can perform GSafe removal. It is not difficult at all because you only need to follow the suggestion on the AV tool and delete all files, programs, or even malware.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove GSafe virus, follow these steps:

Remove GSafe from Windows systems

Clean the machine and remove GSafe from the system as soon as possible

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall GSafe and related programs
    Here, look for GSafe or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Eliminate GSafe from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for GSafe 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'

Uninstall GSafe from Internet Explorer (IE)

You should rely on AV tools for  Gsafe.getawesome2.com virus removal, but make sure to check for shady extensions yourself

  1. 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'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for GSafe and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete GSafe removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase GSafe virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, GSafe should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of GSafe from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select GSafe 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
  3. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete GSafe removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete GSafe from Google Chrome

Reset the browser if some Gsafe.getawesome2.com changes are causing you frustration

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select GSafe 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
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete GSafe removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove GSafe from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for GSafe or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 GSafe removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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