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Remove Safe Save ads (Tutorial) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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What can I do to stop Safe Save ads from bothering me?

As soon as Safe Save virus starts bothering you, you won’t want anything else than to block its activity as soon as possible. This hideous infection is very similar to Browser Shop adware. Speaking of Safe Save, we must point out that it is an adware-type[1] computer infection, which places its files on the system and starts creating various sponsored content, which it immediately displays on victim’s computer screen in the form of pop-ups, banners, and even in-text links[2]. Some computer users might start thinking that Safe Save ads originate from websites they visit, but that is not true. However, the described adware might try to track you and watch what you do on the world wide web in order to find out what content do you like to explore, what kind of information you look for, and which of the ads draw your attention and convince you to click on them. If you noticed bothersome “ads by Safe Save” ads appearing on your screen, we suggest scanning the system with anti-malware programs like Reimage for a quick Safe Save removal because this adware program can provide you risk-posing ads filled with links to shady websites.
Safe Save virus
Safe Save ads are extremely annoying and can provide all kinds of suspicious deals to you. It serves ads in pop-ups, banners, and in-text links, and such activity can cause system slowdowns.

Questions about Safe Save ads

If you noticed suspicious pop-ups and banners that pop on your screen as you browse the Internet, or if you noticed that the search engine you usually use provides an increased amount of sponsored search results above the organic ones, better refrain from clicking on them, or you might get redirected to highly suspicious websites. Untrustworthy web pages can try to convince you to install “recommended” software or updates, which are actually completely useless or even malicious[3]. Moreover, if you experience a redirect to a website that asks you to participate in an online survey or a lottery, do not rush to provide your personal details right away. Such suspicious pages might be trying to collect sensitive details about visitors and use this data for unknown purposes. If you accidentally provide your name and email address on such suspicious websites, you might shortly start receiving spam[4] – loads of commercial offers via email. Remember that mail spam is the main ransomware attack vector, so better not provide your email address on suspicious websites! If you would like to avoid such problems, remove Safe Save adware right away.

How did this adware manage to infiltrate my computer?

Safe Save hijack occurs with the help of other freeware software that bundles this potentially unwanted program alongside it. Therefore, our main advice is to watch what you install on your computer. Many computer users believe that it is very easy to install computer programs and that all it takes is just a couple of clicks on “Next” and “Finish” buttons in the software installation wizard. Unfortunately, that is not true. If you tend to install software in such manner, your computer will soon be filled with numerous ad-supported applications, browser toolbars that act as hijackers, or even more critical pieces of software. In order to install programs that you need without no additional third-party apps and browser add-ons, always rely on Custom and Advanced software installation options because these will allow you to see bundled additions[5] and refuse to install them. Keep in mind that Basic, Standard or Default setup settings do not provide such opportunity, so try not to pick these settings when installing freeware.

How can I remove Safe Save adware?

The simplest and most efficient way to remove Safe Save virus and block annoying ads it displays is to run a thorough system check with a decent anti-malware scanner. If you do not have such program yet, you can check software reviews provided on our website or just pick one of the recommended ones listed below. In case your are willing to try yourself and initiate manual Safe Save removal, use guidelines prepared by 2-Spyware experts. You can find these below. Please pay attention to the fact that this highly annoying adware tends to hide itself under different names, so try to delete all files and programs that raise even the slightest suspicion to you.

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To remove Safe Save ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Safe Save from Windows systems

Safe Save virus doesn’t want to be removed from the computer system, therefore it tries to hide itself from the user by using modified file names and other tricks. For example, you might not find it in the list of currently installed programs under Safe Save name. It can hide under a suspicious name such as saefe sAVe. 

  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 Safe Save and related programs
    Here, look for Safe Save 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'

Remove Safe Save 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 Safe Save 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 Safe Save 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 Safe Save 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 Safe Save removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Safe Save ads 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, Safe Save should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Safe Save from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Look for shady extensions such as Safe Save, saefe sAVe and others. Remove them as shown in the pictures 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 Safe Save 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 Safe Save removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Safe Save from Google Chrome

This hideous ad-supported program tends to hide itself under different names, so we just want to remind you that it is important to remove all Chrome extensions that seem shady to you. One of extensions associated with Safe Save ads is called saefe sAVe. If you can find it in your browser, remove it without any hesitations.

  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 Safe Save 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 Safe Save removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Safe Save 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 Safe Save 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 Safe Save removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. Johhnoe says:
    March 29th, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I swear, Safe Save virus sends the MOST ANNOYING ADS EVER. ITS RIDICULOUS!

  2. khaleesi says:
    March 29th, 2017 at 11:38 am

    safe save is malware. It hides in my system and sends those filthy ads, I cannot find it!

  3. sara12 says:
    March 29th, 2017 at 11:39 am

    thanks for giving out this tutorial, I scanned the system with reimage and removed all viruses in seconds. It was very easy to get rid of safe save, although it was one of the most intrusive ad-serving viruses that Ive ever encountered in my life!

  4. Rollo says:
    March 29th, 2017 at 11:40 am

    great! thanks for sharing those tips 🙂 I deleted the virus. Cannot remember what extension it added, but I am sure it wasnt called safe save. what a sneaky adware…

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