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Remove Yoursafesearch.com virus (Free Guide) - Tutorial

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

Yoursafesearch.com – a bogus search engine that promotes suspicious software

Yoursafesearch.com is a browser hijacker[1] that pretends to be a legitimate search tool. Surprisingly, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) aims at Mac users. It’s quite uncommon because the majority of hijackers are designed to attack Windows OS. Developers of this search tool claim that it provides a better browsing experience and delivers improved search results. However, in reality, Yoursafesearch.com might deliver altered results and include sponsored third-party links. Thus, instead of finding useful information, you might explore through questionable websites that do not provide useful information but offer to purchase suspicious software or other products. The hijacker might enter the system bundled with free programs that you can download from various online sources. Freeware helps it to get into the system silently and hijack web browsers. After the installation, it might change settings of the Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. As a result, you might find this search engine set as your default one and be unable to switch it to Google or other preferred search providers. It might happen because PUP is capable of altering shortcuts and causing other system changes in order to make Yoursafesearch.com removal slightly complicated. However, with the help of reputable anti-malware program, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, it is not hard to get rid of this tool.

The image of Yoursafesearch.com

This fake search engine promotes suspicious software that offers to install Mac cleaning program. However, installing this or other programs promoted by the hijacker is not recommended. Such software is usually useless and might cause more problems that benefit. What is more, so-called Yoursafesearch.com virus might also be capable of tracking information about users. For instance, it might be collecting data about your frequently visited sites, search keywords, clicked ads, IP address, information about browser’s and operating system’s type, etc. Aggregated details are often used for behavioral marketing. However, it might also be shared with unknown third parties. Based on analyzed data, developers, third parties, and advertising networks might deliver an excessive amount of online ads that diminish browsing experience significantly. As you can see, the authors of YourSafesSarch are not interested in providing quality services for the users. Instead of that, they are interested in generating advertising-based revenue. Your clicks on misleading search results and ads are worth particular sum of money. Thus, the more you click, the richer developers become. However, some of the commercial content may lead not only to irrelevant but also to potentially dangerous websites. Hence, you should not risk to encounter some cyber threat and remove Yoursafesearch.com from your browser immediately.

The image of Yoursafesearch.com virusYoursafesearch.com is a suspicious search engine that might deliver altered search results.

Hijacker enters the system silently

Yoursafesearch.com hijack usually occurs when users download and install free programs. Freeware and shareware[2] often come up as a software bundle. Thus, it includes lots of additional components that are usually are potentially unwanted programs. Inattentive and incorrect installation of these programs may lead to hijacked web browser and infiltration of other undesired software. Thus, in order to prevent it, you have to install new programs under Advanced/Custom setup instead of Recommended/Quick. The latter method does not openly inform about third-party apps and install them by default. Meanwhile, the second one reveals the list of such components and allows rejecting the installation by deselecting them. Thus, if your browser has been hijacked, probably, you have overlooked an important statement agreeing to make Yoursafesearch.com your default search engine. Next time you should be more careful.

Solving Yoursafesearch.com redirect problems

As you already know Yoursafesearch.com works as an online advertising tool and does not enhance the browsing experience. Seeing an excessive amount of online ads, being redirected to suspicious sites and being constantly spied on are annoying and not tolerated activities. Thus, you need to get rid of the hijacker. In order to remove Yoursafesearch.com from the browser, you have to find this PUP installed on the system and uninstall it together with suspicious browser extensions. The instructions below will help you to terminate hijacker-related entries effectively. However, if you want to speed up Yoursafesearch.com removal, you should opt for the automatic method. All you have to do is to install a reputable anti-malware program and scan the computer with an updated tool.

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To remove Yoursafesearch.com virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Yoursafesearch.com from Windows systems

The hijacker is designed to attack Mac OS X; however, if you found this program your computer, you should follow the steps below and get rid of it.

  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 Yoursafesearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Yoursafesearch.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 Yoursafesearch.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.

Erase Yoursafesearch.com from Mac OS X system

Follow the steps below to remove Yoursafesearch.com virus from the system entirely. Please, be careful and do not leave any hijacker-related entries installed.

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

Remove Yoursafesearch.com from Applications folder:

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

Delete Yoursafesearch.com 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 Yoursafesearch.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 Yoursafesearch.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Yoursafesearch.com 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 Yoursafesearch.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 Yoursafesearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

From the list of extensions uninstall all suspicious entries. Once it’s done reset Mozilla Firefox as shown below. It helps to delete tracking cookies and other components.

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

Remove Yoursafesearch.com from Google Chrome

First of all, you have to check the list of Chrome’s extensions. You may find some suspicious entries that should be removed. Secondly, you have to reset the browser in order to remove all tracking cookies.

  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 Yoursafesearch.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 Yoursafesearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Yoursafesearch.com from Safari

Removal of Yoursafesearch.com consists of two steps. First, you have to uninstall suspicious extensions. Second, you have to reset 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 Yoursafesearch.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 Yoursafesearch.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 Yoursafesearch.com 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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Gabriel E. Hall
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