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Is your Safari browser redirecting you to unwanted or suspicious pages?

If the answer is yes, Safari may have been “infected” by a browser-hijacking application that redirects to such pages, thus generating pop-ups and/or push notifications. Keep in mind that the so-called “redirect virus” affects all popular browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc. Because of the annoying and potentially dangerous redirects, users tend to call such issues “browser redirect virus“, or in the case of Safari – Safari redirect virus.

Safari Redirect “Virus”

The number of potentially unwanted programs targeting Mac users has been rising. These programs are designed to access installed browsers and modify their settings without the user’s knowledge or consent. Thanks to the unwanted modifications, the so-called Safari redirect virus may appear, as a result of the unnoticed installation of an undesired app.

As long as the so-called Safari redirect virus is running on your Mac, you may witness an increased number of annoying ads showing up on every website you visit. Furthermore, be aware that the undesired program could be using some tracking technologies to spy on your online behavior. If you want to remove the Safari redirect virus along with all files associated with it, we recommend you to read thoroughly the following article.

Threat Summary

NameSafari Redirect Virus
TypePotentially Unwanted Program / Adware / Browser Hijacker
Short DescriptionRelated to the presence of undesired program on your Mac. This program aims to heavily modify web browsers’ settings to display ads and redirect to suspicious pages.
SymptomsPreferred web browser is configured to redirect you to unwanted pages. Slower Mac performance could be experienced as well.
Distribution MethodSoftware Bundles, Corrupted Installers
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Safari Redirect Virus – How Did I Get It

There are several techniques usually deployed for the distribution of the Safari redirect virus. A major distribution technique is software bundling where free programs that pretend to be useful and legit are often bundled with ad-supported apps. The purpose is quick monetization. Such programs include commonly used software such as media players, file converters, weather toolbars, online streaming apps, etc. The installers of these programs often present optional offers or free extras which are rarely disclosed properly. Users often fail to notice their presence during the installation of a desired program and eventually allow them to access their operating system and browsers.

Of course, there are other scenarios where users interact with suspicious pages (torrenting and online streaming websites, adult pages, free online games, etc.). On these pages, users may click on suspicious links, banners and offers, and as a result they end up with a potentially unwanted program and annoying browser redirects.

N.B. Once started on your Mac, such a program could access the settings of all installed browsers in order to apply some significant changes. One of these changes often affects the default search engine in your preferred web browser. If your default search engine is altered without your consent, this is a definite sign that a suspicious piece of software has sneaked in your system.

Since undesired programs are often misused for advertising revenue, the search results that appear after you enter a search query may be customized. This, in turn, may redirect you to poorly secured or even corrupted websites. Such websites could be extremely dangerous due to the fact that they could attempt to steal sensitive credentials or infect your Mac with other malware.

The sad truth is that unwanted programs which generally are not treated as malware, are as malicious as real viruses. This has been

confirmed by a recent study conducted by researchers at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. The researchers investigated the evolution of a popular ad-supported program called Wajam in the course of nearly six years. As of 2016 Wajam had “hundreds of millions of installations” and collected 400TB of private information from users, the report said.

Long story short, Wajam has been injecting ads into browser traffic, using techniques that malware operators use, such as man-in-the-browser (browser process injection) attacks seen in Zeus banking Trojan operations. Other examples include anti-analysis and evasion techniques, security policy downgrading and data leakage. In other words, you shouldn’t underestimate the presence of a PUP on your system, as it could lead to a number of malicious outcomes.

Furthermore, as long as files associated with the Safari redirect virus are running on your Mac, you may be a victim of unsolicited data collection. By activating different tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons, javascript, or even Trojans, the undesired application may become able to obtain a long list of sensitive details including:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Banking credentials
  • Entered keystrokes

Data records are likely to be used for the launch of targeted advertising campaigns based on your interests, or could be released on dark web markets.

Safari Redirect Virus – Update October 2019

According to recent reports Safari Redirect Virus has been detected to still be active on users Macs and to be widespread via the most often used means of replication. Safari Redirect Virus can also be seen in new and different forms since its creators have attempted to update it in various different ways

Remove Safari Redirect Virus

In order to remove all files associated with the appearance of the so-called Safari redirect virus, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order, including manual and automatic steps. To fully get rid of the undesired program that brought the Safari redirect virus, we recommend you to combine the steps. Have in mind that by using the help of an advanced anti-spyware tool, you can minimize the risk of missing harmful files and further protect your operating system by making it possible to identify and stop insider threats before they cause damage.

In case you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Milena Dimitrova

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum since the beginning. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Safari Redirect Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Safari Redirect Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Safari Redirect Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Safari Redirect Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Safari Redirect Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Safari Redirect Virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Safari Redirect Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Safari Redirect Virus from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Safari Redirect Virus from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Safari Redirect Virus from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Delete Safari Redirect Virus from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Safari Redirect Virus will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Safari Redirect Virus from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


Safari Redirect Virus FAQ

What is Safari Redirect Virus?

Safari Redirect Virus is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that Safari Redirect Virus may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is Safari Redirect Virus a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The Safari Redirect Virus object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because Safari Redirect Virus can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get Safari Redirect Virus?

Safari Redirect Virus could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, Safari Redirect Virus adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed Safari Redirect Virus, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove Safari Redirect Virus from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of Safari Redirect Virus from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were Safari Redirect Virus could be residing.

It will also make sure that Safari Redirect Virus is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

1 Comment

  1. Avatarcarole

    Bonjour, je ne trouve pas le virus qui me redirige vers bing. Je suis sous Mac Os Catalina 10.15.3. Comment faire pour supprimer définitivement bing?

    Reply

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