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Remove SafeWeb adware (Removal Instructions) - updated Apr 2017

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Reasons why SafeWeb is not actually safe

SafeWeb virus might seem to be a useful application, but only if you tend to rely on software descriptions provided in their developers’ websites. Although this adware [1] presents itself as a useful tool that can easen your shopping routine, it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP), as well as ad-supported application that causes various problems to occur. Besides, sometimes this app manages to hijack user’s computer without his/hers knowledge. If this has happened to you, you should remove SafeWeb without a hesitation with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a similar anti-spyware software.

The most obvious sign of SafeWeb hijack is appearance of annoying pop-up ads [2] that are displayed as soon as the victim starts browsing the Internet. However, you may also notice such things as browser’s redirects to unknown websites, slow downs, changes of the start page and the default search engine and similar activities on your computer. If SafeWeb manages to enter the system, the first thing it does is change the web browser settings. Beware that this app may hijack Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers without any permission asked.

SafeWeb adware screenshotSafeWeb adware initially looks like a reputable application. Only after installing it on the computer the problems, such as extensive advertising begin to emerge.

After doing so, this app may start manipulating your browsing experience and may cause additional pop-ups and other banner-type visual advertisements. Please, do NOT click them, because this may lead you to SafeWeb redirect [3] to some unknown website. Typically, people are redirected to harmless websites, but there is no guarantee that you won’t be rerouted to a malicious and insecure sites that are used for spreading other PUPs or initiating privacy-related issues. Finally, you should also remember that this potentially unwanted program may track and record your personally non-identifiable information, such as visited sites, search queries, data that was added by you when visiting these sites, etc. [4]

If you thought that this application useful and that it is capable of helping you to save the money, remember that such adware-type programs are created entirely for advertising purposes. They can easily cause redirects to various sponsored websites, the appearance of continuous pop-up ads and similar activities that can help generating money for their publishers. If user notices that he/she is getting large amount of pop-ups and banners (Brought to you by Safe Web, Ads by and etc.) and unexpected redirects to various sites, there is a possibility that his/hers system was infected by SafeWeb virus. In this case, you should run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes.

How did this program hijack my PC?

Typically, SafeWeb hijacks system without user’s knowledge and permission. When it comes to distribution, similar ad-supported programs rely on questionable freeware and shareware [5]. In lots of cases, similar type of adware infiltrates systems in a bundle with free downloads. That’s why security experts often recommend taking precautions when downloading and installing free programs and selecting “Advanced” or a similar installation method. By doing so, users can easily follow each installation step and unmark all accessories that may come in a bundle with the free software. If your system is infected by SafeWeb adware, we recommend you to follow the guide below for a quick and safe removal of this plug-in:

Instructions on how to remove SafeWeb ads:

According to many people, SafeWeb ads look really tempting because they notify about discounts, coupons and other deals. However, we don’t recommend trusting them because they seek only to redirect people to specific websites and increase the number of their visitors. In order to remove SafeWeb virus from the system, computer owners should take care of proper anti-malware tools that would help complete the elimination. If automatic elimination is not a possible option in your case, you can alternatively use manual SafeWeb removal guidelines presented just below the article.


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To remove SafeWeb adware, follow these steps:

Eliminate SafeWeb from Windows systems

If you want to get rid of SafeWeb from your computer manually, you will have to concentrate and carefully look through the list of recently installed programs in search of this or related applications. Aslo, make sure you locate and remove the virus executable YourApp.exe. This way, you will ensure that the malware will not bounce back to your browser.

To remove SafeWeb from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to SafeWeb (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase SafeWeb from Mac OS X system

SafeWeb is unlikely to show up on Mac OS X browsers, but in case it does, you should know how to get rid of it properly. The instructions below will explain how to accomplish the elimination

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

Remove SafeWeb from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of SafeWeb from Internet Explorer (IE)

After completing SafeWeb elimination from the system it is just as important to reset the browser and get back to your default browser settings. Below we present instructions on the Internet Explorer cleanup:

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 SafeWeb 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 SafeWeb removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete SafeWeb adware from Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is one of the SafeWeb targets and it does not take a lot for this malware to infect it. Thus, you should be prepared and know how the malware can be removed from the computer safely. You will find comprehensive elimination guidelines below but before you start going through these steps, please make sure you delete all undesirable browser components, add-ons and extensions.

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 SafeWeb-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

Remove SafeWeb from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you have been infected with SafeWeb as a result of unfair software bundling, it might be that the program did not arrive alone and was accompanied by other components, such as toolbars, add-ons, etc. Thus, you should keep that in mind when resetting your browser and eliminating malware from your computer.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to SafeWeb and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case SafeWeb did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete SafeWeb removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall SafeWeb from Google Chrome

Google Chrome can be freed from SafeWeb by resetting the browser to its default settings and eliminating browser extensions, add-ons or toolbars it may have installed on the computer to fortify its place on your browser.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to SafeWeb by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the SafeWeb-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete SafeWeb removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate SafeWeb from Safari

While Safari is unlikely to be infected with SafeWeb. If it does, make sure you go through the steps indicated below. These will help remove the malware from your browser and roll back default browser settings.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to SafeWeb and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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. TG says:
    January 15th, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Ive followed all of these steps, my browser is clean, nothing in control panel but still the ads keep popping up – has to be somewhere else. any ideas??

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