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Remove Safe-web.tk virus (Removal Instructions) - updated Sep 2016

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser hijacker

How dangerous are Safe-web.tk redirects?

If your computer is infected with Safe-web.tk virus, redirects to unknown websites can become a usual thing. Typically, they are treated as annoying activities. However, before ignoring them you should keep in mind that these activities can be very dangerous and you should never ignore them. Remember that one of Safe-web.tk redirect activities can trick you into visiting a malicious website that can be infected with programs that are considered seriously dangerous. During 2-spyware.com research, this fraudulent site redirected us to two different domains. Once of them claims that it can help people increase their income by revealing them a “secret” roulette strategy. However, you should never fall for trickery that seeks to swindle people’s money. The second domain that is promoted by this browser hijacker seeks to trick users into revealing their personal information by convincing them into believing that they can get a prize of $3500. Do not fall for such scams. All you need to do is to close the window and perform Safe-web.tk removal on your computer with the help of ReimageIntego. You can see a picture of a fake notification reporting about a prize below.

Safe-web.tk ads example

Technically, the app you are dealing with belongs to browser hijacker category. It hails from the same family as Safe Web adware and SafeWeb virus that should also be avoided. Once any f these apps infiltrates the system, they start displaying various third-party offers. In most of the cases, they suggest installing particular software, updates, discount codes, price comparisons, and similar content. Please, do NOT fall for these ads! It does not take long to notice how intrusive, aggressive, and hard-to-close Safe-web.tk ads are. They might try to prevent you from closing them by displaying additional pop-ups or warnings. Beware that websites promoting questionable software often show pop-ups when the user attempts to quit them, and if the user selects “prevent this page from creating additional dialogs” and hits OK, the software might still be downloaded to the computer. If this has happened to you, delete the file and perform Safe-web.tk removal on your computer!

Questions about Safe-web.tk virus

It is clear that this adware is designed to promote affiliate websites, products, services, and cause redirects to certain websites for monetization purposes. However, you should stay clear from these ads because spyware researchers believe that sites related to these ads can be dangerous. Keep in mind that by clicking on them you can become a victim od Safe-web.tk redirect activity that is used to trick users into visiting hazardous Internet places filled with malicious content. On top of that, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) might not only expose your computer to potential risks but slow it down, cause software malfunctions and other inconveniences. There is no doubt that leaving such program on the system is a bad idea, and that is why our research team recommends you to remove Safe-web.tk as soon as you can. The quickest way to finish the removal process of this adware is allowing ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner software to do it.

Variety of Safe-web.tk ads

How can I get infected?

This questionable ad-supported program is distributed with the help of other free programs, and this way, it can enter victim’s computer system unnoticed. Typically, the user notices consequences of Safe-web.tk hijack only after some time passes because such programs do not start displaying intrusive advertisements right away. Firstly, they remain silent and gather information such as user’s IP address, search terms used, clicks, browsing activity, and similar data. Such information helps this adware calculate what type of ads would be interesting to the user and make him/her click on them.

To prevent such programs from hijacking your computer system, be more careful as you install new software. Try to avoid choosing Default/Basic/Standard/Express installation settings, because they will not give you the opportunity to decompose the software package in case you accidentally download a software bundle. You should opt for Custom or Advanced settings, and then deselect each optional component added to your desired program.

Methods that can help remove Safe-web.tk ads?

If your computer has been infected with Safe-web.tk virus, remove it from the system ASAP and protect it from similar infections right away. You must remove this adware together with each of its suspicious ad-supported programs from the system to decrease its vulnerability to malware attacks. For that, we strongly recommend using the anti-malware software and remove Safe-web.tk with every little file of this PUP. You can try to identify and uninstall programs related to these ads manually, but you might unexpectedly look over and leave some potentially dangerous components on your system. You can find Safe-web.tk removal instructions below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Safe-web.tk virus snapshot
The picture showing where Safe-web.tk redirects its users

To remove Safe-web.tk virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Safe-web.tk from Windows systems

  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-web.tk and related programs
    Here, look for Safe-web.tk 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 Safe-web.tk 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 Safe-web.tk from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Safe-web.tk from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Safe-web.tk-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Safe-web.tk, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Safe-web.tk and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Safe-web.tk-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Safe-web.tk from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Safe-web.tk and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Safe-web.tk removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Safe-web.tk virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Safe-web.tk-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate Safe-web.tk 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 Safe-web.tk 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 Safe-web.tk removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Safe-web.tk 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 Safe-web.tk 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 Safe-web.tk removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Safe-web.tk 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-web.tk 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 Safe-web.tk, 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 Safe-web.tk removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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  1. Gregi says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 11:11 am

    These ads are malicious! Dont trus what Safe-web.tk offers to you, guys!!

  2. Darren28 says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I wonder what lies behind these ads. I am sure Safe-web.tk ads are untrusworthy, but I cannot claim that they are malicious as well. However, they offer installing software from time to time, however, I would never dare to download something that these ads offer. They just seem too suspicious…

  3. Angelina says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Just removed this annoying adware, thanks

  4. Jimmy says:
    September 5th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Safe-web.tk ads show up non-stop, nothing helps me to remove them! Im about to cry

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