A new browser hijacker, associated with the website Safe-Web(.)tk has been reported to affect users on a massive scale. The indirect cyber-threat may be encountered on widely used web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. The software is considered to display advertisements leading to websites that may be dangerous for the user and this is why its removal is advisable.
|Short Description||It may “Hijack” the browser of the user, changing the home page or the new tab page and displaying advertisements.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains and different types of advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker.|
Safe-Web(.)tk Browser Hijacker – Distribution
This particular ad-supported software may be distributed via the setups of other free programs that are available for download. Usually such installers are posted on third-party websites that provide different programs for free download. This may be your favorite media player, mp3 cutter or any other such software. Since marketing by the so called bundling is very widespread, In the “Advanced” setup option of the setup of these programs you may encounter steps to add safe-web browser hijacker. It may exist as another name and the installation step advertising it, may claim its useful, for example:
“Add Safe-Web as a free extra to this installation”
There may be either opt boxes or “I agree” and “Cancel” options luring most users to click on the first option. This is particularly dangerous to users that have the “fast-clicking” syndrome, because they might get fooled that it is a regular step from the setup.
Safe-Web.tk Browser Hijacker In Detail
Once it has been added to your web browser or directly installed on your computer, the browser hijacker may change your home page or new tab page to Safe-Web.tk:
The search engine is what you may recognize as a hoax. This is due to several key hints. One of them is that the website does not support HTTPs encryption, which is ironic when you consider its name:
Safe-web.tk browser hijacker may also have the ability to cause browser redirects to such third-party websites. These third-parties may be the main reason why you should consider this browser hijacker to be indirectly dangerous to your computer. And what is worse is that the conventional antivirus software does not have PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program) protection and may not detect this software as a threat at all. This is because most antivirus software is mainly focused on massive and vicious instead of low-level type of threats.
Remove Safe-Web.tk Browser Hijacker Completely
In case you have decided to discontinue this product from your computer, you should take several swift steps in doing that. We advise using the step-by-step instructions because they are methodologically arranged for maximum effectiveness.
Delete Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Windows and Your Browser
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker 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.
Erase Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker 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.
Uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker 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.
Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".