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Safefinderds.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Safefinderds.com is a deceptive search engine that delivers altered search results

Safefinderds.com installation

Safefinderds.com is a potentially unwanted program that, after infiltration, makes unsolicited changes to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari browser. It changes browser's homepage, new tab URL and search engine to Search.safefinderds.com. Apart from these changes, the dubious app also spies on users’ browsing habits, displays invasive ads and redirects to unknown domains.

SUMMARY
Name Safefinderds.com
Type Browser hijacker
Symptoms Altered browser settings, invasive advertisement, bogus search results, etc.
Official site hxxp://www.safefinderds.com/
Distribution Software bundling, official website
Main dangers Malware infiltration, leaked data, etc.
Elimination By installing security software (Reimage) or by checking instructions below this article

The extension that is offered by this browser hijacker is called Safe Finder DS and can be downloaded from official website. However, Safefinderds.com hijack typically occurs via software bundling – a misleading marketing campaign that is used by freeware and PUP developers.

After infiltration, Safe Finder DS redirects all search results to Yahoo. It is a legitimate search engine which typically provides accurate search results. However, because the search is conducted via a browser hijacker, it displays alternative search results, promoting affiliated content. This feature makes the PUP not only useless but adds an unnecessary advertisement to each of the search queries.

In case users would like to go back to their previous search engine, they will soon notice that it is impossible to accomplish without Safefinderds.com removal. The unwanted app will simply reapply its settings after each attempt to alter them. Additionally, it might prevent navigation to certain websites, such as security software sites.

Safefinderds.com might display ads that lead to legitimate retailers. However, in most cases, users can be guided to less-known websites. This way, developers of the app benefit while generating pay-per-click revenue, giving users nothing in return. Furthermore, websites displayed by this browser hijacker might be of dangerous content, such as bogus software promotion, phishing,[1] fake update or even hacked or malware-ridden sites.

Developers are not too concerned about that though, because they state that they are not liable for any content that could potentially damage users’ machine:

The Company does not control any Third Party Content, and you agree the Company is not responsible for the availability, accuracy, or substance of any Third Party Content. You understand that by installing or using the Extension you may be exposed to Third Party Content that you may find objectionable, offensive, or indecent and that, in this respect, you use the Extension at your own risk. 

Additionally, PUP developers employ various technologies (such as tracking cookies, beacons, JavaScript, web and DOM[2] storage data, etc.) to collect specific data about users and share it with third-parties to generate the targeted advertisement.

All that said, we suggest you remove Safefinderds.com and avoid unwanted redirects and fake search results. You can use Reimage for that, or check our instructions below this article.

Distribution methods of unwanted applications

Research shows[3] that users are typically unaware that picking Recommended/Quick settings during free software installation might result in PUP installation. They do not doubt developers, as they advise users to pick this options (“to save time,” and similar excuses).

By using Quick mode, users do not notice that they accepted terms and conditions of the application. This technique is often used by the unwanted apps and freeware developers only to deliver their useless products to as many computers as possible.

Therefore, do not fall for this trick. Additional components in a software bundle will probably never be useful for you. Instead, pick Advanced/Custom mode and de-select all the questionable apps, such as media players, toolbars, browser extensions, system optimizers, PDF creators and similar. If you think that some of these programs might be useful for you, do some research online – it can quickly change your mind.

Uninstall Safefinderds.com and go back to normal web browsing

Because Safefinderds.com virus enters machines without users’ consent, it might install additional components without giving much notice as well. The problem is that it then becomes hard to distinguish which programs in your Control Panel are legitimate (these PUPs might hide under such names as NativeDesktopMediaService).

Therefore, we recommend using security software for Safefinderds.com removal. It will find all the additional items that the PUP installed and eliminate them in just a few steps – merely follow on-screen instructions.

Alternatively, you can also remove Safe Finder DS manually. You can check our illustrated guide for that. Make sure you do not rush the process as it may result in the unwanted app’s return.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes. 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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To remove Safefinderds.com, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com and related programs
    Here, look for Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com 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.

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Eliminate Safefinderds.com from Mac OS X system

To uninstall Safefinderds.com from Mac, follow these instructions:

  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 Safefinderds.com 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'
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Remove Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase Safefinderds.com from Microsoft Edge

Do not forget that settings of MS Edge have to be set to default after PUP elimination:

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, Safefinderds.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall Safefinderds.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset your Firefox browser:

  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 Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com 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 Safefinderds.com, 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 Safefinderds.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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