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Remove Search.SafeFinder.com (Removal Instructions) - Apr 2017 update

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Essential things to know about Search.SafeFinder.com redirect issue

Search.SafeFinder.com virus is just another name to identify Safe Finder virus, which is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1]. Technically, we cannot classify it as a virus, although its functionality barely differs from one. This questionable program can be installed on both Windows and Mac OS platforms, and hijack settings of three major web browsers – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. This tool falsely claims to be designed to protect the user and his/hers computer during one’s browsing sessions, however, it seems that at this point we are dealing with a typical browser hijacker who tries to sugarcoat its real aims by introducing itself as a beneficial tool that can improve user’s browsing experience[2].

Search.SafeFinder.com virusIf Search.SafeFinder.com virus started redirecting you to suspicious websites, discontinue using this questionable search engine and remove Safe Finder from the system!  Once installed, this browser hijacker messes up your browser’s settings and makes you experience redirects to Search.SafeFinder.com search engine, because it sets this URL as a new default home and new tab page. In addition, you should keep in mind that you have to be very careful with its search results because they are likely to be altered. Also, try to avoid pop-up ads that may also be displayed by Search.SafeFinder.com because they can be filled with various links trying to redirect you to predetermined/affiliate websites. In most of the cases, this search site seeks to promote affiliate websites that pay for its owners in exchange for this doubtful marketing campaign. If your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers have fallen victims to Search.SafeFinder.com hijack, you should use a step-by-step guide that is given below and remove this questionable search engine from the system. Otherwise, you may find yourself experiencing repetitious redirects to suspicious websites[3]. By the way, this search engine is capable of tracking PC users because it collects details such as what sites people like to visit, how much time they spent on them, what search queries they made, etc. Please, be very careful and never allow such activities. The easiest way to put an end to suspicious Safe Finder’s activity is to remove Search.SafeFinder.com software from your computer, and you can choose how you want to do it. If you’re looking for a manual Search.SafeFinder.com removal tutorial, you can find it at the end of this post. If you’re looking for automatic problem-solving software to remove this hijacker, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes.

How can I stop such programs before they enter my PC?

Search.SafeFinder.com can easily hijack[4] your PC system unnoticed and show up on each of web browsers because it is distributed by a long list of freeware and shareware. We can hardly say what programs now contribute to promotion of this search tool, so you will have to use these general tips for trying to prevent infiltration of Search.SafeFinder.com virus. First of all, try to make a small research before installing freeware from unknown sources. Read reviews, comments and online discussions to check the program before installing it on the system. Secondly, read End User License Agreement to know more about the program that you want to install. Then, choose Custom or Advanced installation option and then follow every installation step of the freeware in order to find the check mark that allows installation of Search.SafeFinder.com or other “optional downloads”[5]. Of course, you should uncheck it. If you found Search.SafeFinder.com instead of your start page or default search engine, you can remove it with a help of the guide we provided down below.

Should I use Search.SafeFinder.com removal tool?

It is up to you to decide which Search.SafeFinder.com removal method you prefer, however, we strongly recommend going for the automatic one because it is the easiest and most secure way to remove Search.SafeFinder.com virus. This search site may start causing lots of annoying ads, slow downs and similar inconveniences, and this can happen because the described hijacker tends to be distributed in conjunction with other PUPs. Finding all of them on your own is going to be a time-consuming task, so if you’re short of time, you can scan the system with tools such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

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To remove Search.SafeFinder.com, follow these steps:

Remove Search.SafeFinder.com from Windows systems

Uninstall all programs installed without your permission, for instance, Safe Finder (by Linkury) and LPT System Updater Service (by LPT). It is important that you remove ALL suspicious programs from there. Then, fix affected browser shortcuts as shown in the example below. This step is extremely important, so if you miss it, you might have to experience a search.safefinder.com comeback.

  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 Search.SafeFinder.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.SafeFinder.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 Search.SafeFinder.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.

Delete Search.SafeFinder.com from Mac OS X system

Go to Applications folder and detect suspicious applications that you cannot remember installing. Move them all to Trash. You might find a program called Safe Finder, but remember that it can hide under a different name as well.

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

Remove Search.SafeFinder.com from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Search.SafeFinder.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Delete SafeFinder virus from IE by following these instructions:

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 Search.SafeFinder.com 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 Search.SafeFinder.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.SafeFinder.com 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 Search.SafeFinder.com-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 Search.SafeFinder.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Fix Firefox by deleting all additional extensions that were injected into your browser without your knowledge. You might want to refresh Firefox afterwards.

  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 Search.SafeFinder.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 Search.SafeFinder.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Search.SafeFinder.com from Google Chrome

Open Chrome and eliminate extensions that weren’t added by your hand. You should be looking for extensions such as Safe Finder or LPT.

  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 Search.SafeFinder.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 Search.SafeFinder.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Search.SafeFinder.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 Search.SafeFinder.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 Search.SafeFinder.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 Search.SafeFinder.com 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 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. collin says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I havent figured it out how it hacked my system yet…

  2. Blaire says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I can only say ONE thing about this hijacker! It is totally annoying and hard to remove!!!

  3. yo837 says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:12 am

    true dat, true dat!

  4. Julian says:
    April 7th, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I cant take it out of my browser! I am so anxious! Enough… I wish it would go away! But it simply wont! It reappears in my browser when I remove it!

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