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Remove Safer Browser virus (Free Guide) - updated Mar 2019

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Safer Browser – the browser hijacker that is associated with tons of other Safer Technologies products

SaferBrowser virus

Questions about Safer Browser virus

Safer Browser is the potentially unwanted program that gets installed by users either knowingly or using deceptive techniques. The program gets bundled with freeware or promoted with the help of intrusive advertisements. When this PUP gets on the system, it changes the homepage settings and makes or any similar website the default search engine on every browser you use. Unfortunately, this intruder also can install other hijacking tools, browser extensions, toolbars or add-ons. This is why Safer Browser won't uninstall that easily. You need a thorough system check that indicates all associated programs and disables them all at once. 

Name Safer Browser
Type  Browser hijacker
Category  Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms  Changes browser settings, alters default search engine, homepage, and new tab preferences 
Associated products can be indicated by  “Powered by Safer Browser”
Distribution  Software bundles, deceptive ads or websites
Elimination  Use anti-malware tools to scan the system thoroughly and remove Safer Browser

You should remove the Safer Browser ASAP. It is a potentially unwanted program that may enter your computer unnoticed and then hijack each of your web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. This can hardly be unnoticed because once installed it replaces your browser's default page with SaferBrowser Search page or any of these websites:

It also sets one of these websites as your default search engine. If you are one of these people who has already discovered that each of their web browsers was attacked by SaferBrowser virus, you should check your computer with the reputable anti-spyware, such as ReimageIntego.

Safer Browser uninstall should help you to prevent redirects to unknown websites, annoying pop-up ads, and other unwanted activities that are usually initiated by browser hijackers.[1] But the process often is complicated due to the additional PUPs that got installed or changes in the startup or registry.

Just like almost each of potentially unwanted programs, Safe Browser may start tracking your browsing on the web for getting more knowledge about your browsing habits. It may collect information about your search terms, most visited websites, data that you enter on each of these sites, location or IP addresses, etc.[2]

Safer BrowserSaferBrowser browser hijacker is the potentially unwanted program that distributes using software bundling technique.

Experts[3] don't recommend ignoring this because you can never know who is capable of reaching accumulated data and for what purposes it can be used. Third-party advertisers, other commercial companies or PUP sponsors can use this information for creating the promotional content. This is a reason you should perform Safer Browser removal. 

If you don't want to allow unreliable parties to know your email address or your search queries, you should avoid installing Safer Browser on your computer. If it has already hijacked each of your web browsers and now is causing SaferBrowser redirects and similar issues, you should follow a guide below and perform all steps in the right order. 

Safer Browser virus is the potentially unwanted program that associated many other browser hijackers like Search1. Any related application can be easily identified by “Powered by Safer Browser” on the main website. You can immediately know that the program is designed to redirect your online traffic and generate money from views.[4]

Safer Browser browser hijackerSafer Browser virus is a product that delivers intrusive commercial content to your screen.

Browser hijackers come prepacked with freeware

If you want to avoid unnoticeable installation of such programs as browser add-ons, extensions, plugins, toolbars, etc. you have to be very careful when installing programs on your computer. In most of the cases, hijackers are spread using freeware and shareware, so make sure you dedicate some time for monitoring installation of the freeware.

What can be done for PUP prevention? You should always do a couple of things:

  • Read EULA and Privacy policy of the freeware that you are going to install;
  • Please, always select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware because these two methods will help you to opt out of unwanted attachments;
  • In most of the cases, attachments are disclosed as 'optional components,' so you should uncheck all checkboxes that claim that you want to install them on your computer. Otherwise, you will install not only a single program that you need. You will also download a bunch of additional components that may additionally try to initiate such suspicious activities as various system's modifications and similar things.

Get rid of Safer Browser virus and all hijacker symptoms

If Safer Browser virus has appeared on your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or other web browsers, you can choose between two removal options – manual and automatic. Our security experts have indicated all the removal peculiarities in a comprehensive manner, so you can always try manual termination first.

However, even if it looks to be successful, you are strongly advised to check the system with anti-malware. After reading user complaints, it becomes clear that this PUP seldom spreads on its own. You need a good tool for Safer Browser removal, so all related threats get deleted.

Not only it may be accompanied by other adware or PUPs, but can also install Safer Browser Protector, which can prevent you from removing the adware completely. Thus, be wise and remove Safer Browser with the help of a trustworthy anti-malware program.

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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To remove Safer Browser virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Safer Browser from Windows systems

Clear the system using the antivirus program and get rid of Safer Browser virus once and for all:

  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 Safer Browser and related programs
    Here, look for Safer Browser 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 Safer Browser 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 '' 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.

Remove Safer Browser from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Safer Browser virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Safer Browser virus-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 Safer Browser virus, 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 Safer Browser virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Safer Browser virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Safer Browser 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 Safer Browser virus 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,
  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 Safer Browser virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Safer Browser 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 Safer Browser virus-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

Erase Safer Browser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow the guide and clean the browser additionally to the automatic virus elimination

  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 Safer Browser 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 Safer Browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Safer Browser from Google Chrome

You may need to eliminate other similar browser extensions or add-ons related to Safer Browser virus

  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 Safer Browser 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 Safer Browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Safer Browser 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 Safer Browser 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 Safer Browser, 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 Safer Browser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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  1. Brooke Armsby says:
    November 11th, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Terrible!! Cant remove it from my Chrome. So ugly to corrupt web browsers settings without permission asked!

  2. wendell says:
    November 11th, 2015 at 5:48 am

    THIS IS THE WORST EXTENSION!!! It adds itself silently without your permission and spies on your information. Go to Google Chrome Settings, Extensions, Disenable, and Delete to remove. Terrible, shady company. Be careful when installing freebies

  3. JamesEdgley says:
    November 11th, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Hi! did someone manage to get rid of this hijacker without anti-malware? I dont want to waste my time, so if those instructions are worthless, Im going to install anti-malware without a delay. By the way, which one you did use for Safer Browser uninstall?

  4. Teresa Davis says:
    November 11th, 2015 at 5:54 am

    JamesEdgley, my husband has tried to initiate Safer Browser removal manually. However, as we have later found out, he missed various additional components unnoticed that has helped this hijacker to get back soon again. So if I were you, I would use anti-malware without wasting time. I personally have SpyHunter. It works great!

  5. Kathy says:
    December 17th, 2015 at 5:01 am

    I used the removal Guide, and it worked but the guide wont come off now!! Removal Safer Browser Virus Removal Tool i believe it is called.. It is up in the browser i believe, cause it show up in the top part ALL the time..Sometimes in the area to look up something the first time you turn it on. Does anyone know what to do

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