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Remove Private surfing by Safely (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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Private surfing by Safely is a browser hijacker that may disclose your personal information to its affiliates and other parties

Private surfing by Safely

Private surfing by Safely is a potentially unwanted program that attaches itself to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, or another browser. While the extension can be installed intentionally via official sources like Chrome web store,[1] users notice the changes on their browsers after the installation of freeware or shareware (bundled software contains optional components that are hidden inside the installation wizards).

As soon as Private surfing by Safely hijack occurs, it sets the new tab address, homepage and the search engine to a predetermined one and redirects all the searches to Yahoo. However, unlike organic search results that the original search engine would bring, users will see various sponsored links and promotions.

While Private surfing by Safely claims it can help you to surf the internet safer and protect from various information gathering, its developers track plenty of data which also includes personally identifiable information. Additionally, this data is later shared with affiliates and other parties, making it a hardly reliable application when it comes to online privacy.

Name Private surfing by Safely
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Installation Software bundles, official sites, third-party sites
Symptoms Altered homepage, search engine, and new tab functionality; search results filled with sponsored links, redirects to suspicious sites, etc.
Termination To delete a potentially unwanted program scan your device with anti-malware software and Reimage Reimage Cleaner , or use our manual guide below

There are plenty of similar applications that claim to protect your privacy, but in reality, harvest and share it themselves, which is quite hypocritical. Unfortunately, users rarely check the Privacy Policy of such programs and never know that unknown parties know a lot about them. For example, Private surfing by Safely explains the following in its Privacy Policy:[2]

Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but to the extent Usage Information may be associated with you as a specific and identifiable person (for example, because you have registered for the Service) and thereby provided us with personal information (such as name, e-mail address, telephone number or home address) we treat such information as “Personal Information” and will only use it for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

In order to collect the data, Private surfing by Safely can use a variety of technologies:

  • Cookies
  • Log files
  • Pixels
  • Analytics[3] services

Information gathering has become one of the most vital factors when it comes to lucrative advertisement business. However, you should be aware that their data is being stored by third parties and should take adequate steps to remove Private surfing by Safely and similar search engines that pretend to care about online safety.

Private surfing by Safely hijack
Private surfing by Safely is a browser hijacker that gathers various information and shares it with other parties

If you struggle with Private surfing by Safely removal (which might be the case, as some potentially unwanted programs might persistent and return with the intrusive content), you should scan your computer with anti-malware software and Reimage Reimage Cleaner – this will ensure that you eliminate all the unwanted apps thoroughly.

Be aware that unwanted programs can enter your computer during the installation of free apps

As we previously mentioned, PUPs might be installed intentionally when users are not sure about their full functionality. To avoid that, you should always check reviews online – they can often indicate if the app undertakes some fishy activities. Additionally, some of the apps might be installed from third-party sites that use deception (“your computer is infected” scams often prompt the installation of bogus programs)

Nevertheless, the most popular browser hijacker distribution technique is software bundling. The developers pack their installers together with optional components that might not always be useful or even safe. Therefore, you should always be careful when installing new apps on your computer and never rush the process.

You should always check if the important documents are provided (such as Privacy Policy) and never skip steps. When prompted, always opt-out of various deals and offers, and pick Advanced/Custom installation settings in order to remove browser extensions, media players, system optimizers and other suspicious software.

Delete Private surfing by Safely, as it will not protect your online privacy

While “Private surfing by Safely virus” term is not entirely correct (browser hijackers are considered to be lesser security threats), some users may struggle with its termination. In order to make sure that all the elements of the PUP are terminated, you should also make sure to reset each of the installed browsers, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and others.

Private surfing by Safely PUP
Private surfing by Safely pretends to be a useful app that can protect your privacy. In reality, the extensions gathers a lof of data about you in order to display targeted ads

However, you need to remove Private surfing by Safely application first. To do that, you can either employ security software or make use of our manual guide that you will find below. Both methods can be effective, but we highly recommend the former, as it will make sure that not only Private surfing by Safely removal is complete but also check your computer for more severe infections, such as trojans, rootkits, and other malware.

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To remove Private surfing by Safely, follow these steps:

Delete Private surfing by Safely from Windows systems

If your Windows OS is infected with a potentially unwanted program, please proceed with the following guide:

  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 Private surfing by Safely and related programs
    Here, look for Private surfing by Safely 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'
  5. Remove Private surfing by Safely from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

Get rid of Private surfing by Safely from Mac OS X system

Mac users should delete the unwanted app by moving it to Trash:

  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 Private surfing by Safely 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 Private surfing by Safely from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Private surfing by Safely 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 Private surfing by Safely removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Private surfing by Safely 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, Private surfing by Safely should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Private surfing by Safely from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To remove Private surfing by Safely fully, make sure you reset Mozilla Firefox as explained below:

  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 Private surfing by Safely 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Private surfing by Safely removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Private surfing by Safely from Google Chrome

  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 Private surfing by Safely 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Private surfing by Safely removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Private surfing by Safely 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 Private surfing by Safely or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Private surfing by Safely, 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Private surfing by Safely removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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