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Remove SafeWeb adware (Removal Instructions) - updated Apr 2017

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

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 screenshot
SafeWeb 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.

  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 SafeWeb and related programs
    Here, look for SafeWeb 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'

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

  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 SafeWeb 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'

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:

  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 SafeWeb 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 SafeWeb removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

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.

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, SafeWeb should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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.

  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 SafeWeb 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete SafeWeb removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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.

  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 SafeWeb 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SafeWeb removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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.

  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 SafeWeb or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 SafeWeb removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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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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