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Remove Safesurfs.net virus (Removal Instructions) - Sep 2017 update

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Safesurfs.net virus hijack forces the user to try suspicious search services

Screenshot of Safesurfs.net search engine

Safesurfs virus is an untrustworthy search provider that uses a deceptive name for its domain. In reality, it is not entirely safe to search the Internet via this site. In particular, SafeSurfs is categorized as a browser hijacker[1] that alters settings in all browsers, so consciously avoiding it may not prevent you from seeing it load as your homepage or a default search engine one day.

Safesurfs.net redirect virus firstly picks victim's search query and transmits it to search.securefindersearch.com domain. From there, it connects to goto.searchpro.club domain and finally lands the victim on a page that provides modified Yahoo search results (Safer Browser Yahoo Search results). These results aren't considered trustworthy as they can contain links to promoted websites of unknown reputation.

The browser hijacker is able to spread together with other software, so the best thing you can do is to clean your computer with some reliable anti-spyware utility, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. In addition, carefully pick the sources of your downloads. Besides taking over your browser, the virus may also annoy you with ads, redirect you to unfamiliar domains and keep a record of your browsing habits.

What dangers can these activities bring to your PC will be discussed later in the article, but if you stumbled upon our site specifically looking for Safesurfs.net removal recommendations, you can skip straight to the end of the article where you will find all the necessary information.

One of the most dangerous aspects of SafeSurfs hijack is the uncontrollable and unpredictable advertising. The sponsored ads and links are injected directly into the search results and on random web pages, diminishing the quality of the search and browsing experience.

Even if you are a fan of online deals and special offers, keep in mind that nothing that this hijacker promotes can be trusted. After clicking on any of the ads you may be immediately redirected to gambling sites and other insecure domains[2], thus it is advisable to avoid any interaction with the site.

Questions about Safesurfs.net virus

SafeSurfs.net browser hijackSafeSurfs.net is a questionable program that alters browser's settings in order to promote a particular search engine and lure the victim into external sites via search results.

On top of it all, Safesurfs.net virus may as well spy on you. Let it be the non-personal information that it keeps the record of, but once this data is collected, it becomes a property of the virus creators, can be sold or shared with other third-parties, and that should not be tolerated. That is why we recommend you to remove Safesurfs.net before even hitting the search button.

Protective measures to keep this hijacker away from your PC

As you have already found out, Safesurfs is a sneaky parasite and may enter the system undercover. Since the infection does not pose any direct harm to the computer, most users think that enabling your antivirus protection is enough to fend this virus off.

In reality, it takes more than that. The virus-fighting utility may delete the virus once it is on the computer, but it will not necessarily stop it from entering it in the first place. Because these infections travel in software packages with other software, it is necessary to keep an eye on what you are installing on your computer.

Only the Advanced/Custom options in the software’s setup allow such monitoring, so be sure you choose these setting when installing new software on your PC. Once you do that, do not forget to terminate the installation of potentially dangerous apps.

Our research shows that this browser hijacker rampages in India mostly. Computer users from this country are kindly invited to see cyber security tips provided by Varyarasa.in team[3].

Safesurfs.net removal isn't the easiest task

If you are new to the virus elimination, do not worry, Safesurfs.net removal is not a tough nut to crack. The infection can be eliminated manually or automatically.

The second option is your best choice if messing with viruses with your bare hands is the last thing you imagine yourself doing. This approach will require you to obtain some reliable antivirus software and run a scan of your system.

Also, there is always an alternative option to deal with potentially unwanted programs. You can remove Safesurfs.net virus manually. You will find the illustrated guide on how to do that below the article.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Safesurfs.net virus, follow these steps:

Remove Safesurfs.net from Windows systems

Safesurfs.net virus is a shortcut-hijacking software, so it will take a little more effort to eliminate it from your system. First of all, uninstall SafeSurfs-related programs via Control panel. Then you will need to fix your browser's shortcuts.

We strongly recommend you to look at screenshots provided below which will guide you through the removal procedure. You must delete https://Safesurfs.net/ value from the Target field in order to stop your browser from automatically launching this domain. We also suggest you to unpin infected browser icons from the taskbar and pin freshly cleaned shortcuts then.

  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 Safesurfs.net and related programs
    Here, look for Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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.

Eliminate Safesurfs.net from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Safesurfs.net from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net-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

Uninstall Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Safesurfs.net from Google Chrome

Delete Safe Surfs Net extensions from Chrome in this way:

  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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net, 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 Safesurfs.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Enrico24 says:
    July 28th, 2016 at 2:35 am

    i got infected with adware while having Safesurfs installed on my PC… So much for the safe searches….

  2. Hilbert Mawer says:
    July 28th, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Nice looking site. Too bad its malicious. Why doesnt google make something like that?

  3. bono says:
    July 28th, 2016 at 2:37 am

    nice elimination guide.

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