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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.

NameSafe-Web(.)tk Hijacker
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionIt may “Hijack” the browser of the user, changing the home page or the new tab page and displaying advertisements.
SymptomsThe user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains and different types of advertisements.
Distribution MethodVia PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker
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:

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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:

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Furthermore, we have detected that it also uses cookies to obtain different information:

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In the privacy policy of the website, the developers claim to use DART cookies. Besides that here is what portion of information that may be collected via their third-party parters’ tracking technologies:

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Not only this but the browser hijacker may display various advertisements when a user searches for a something specific:

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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

1.Remove or Uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker in Windows

Remove or Uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker.

    2.Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Your Browser

    Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker from Your Browser.

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker will be removed.

    Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker in the future

    Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker Using Other Alternative Tools

    STOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Safe-Web(.)tk Hijacker associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

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    Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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