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Remove SafeSearch by Raaz(.)io

SafeSearch.raaz(.)io is a browser hijacker. It attaches to your browser and changes various settings, the homepage, search engine, new tab page, and sets a browser extension. To know how to remove it, you should read the whole article. Advertisements and sponsored content can show in your browser search results while being redirected to the hijacker’s search engine.

NameSafeSearch.raaz(.)io
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe home page and new tab setting of your browser will be changed and you may witness sponsored results.
SymptomsSets a custom browser homepage, new tab and may add a browser extension.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundle Packages
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by SafeSearch.raaz(.)io
User Experience Join our forum to discuss SafeSearch.raaz(.)io.

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SafeSearch.raaz(.)io – Spread

SafeSearch.raaz(.)io is commonly distributed with third-party installers. You can get the hijacker on your PC, without knowing, because it can hide in freeware installations and bundled packages. Inside such packages, additional components for installation are selected by default, but not always disclosed, and you can install SafeSearch.raaz(.)io that way. This can be avoided if you see a Custom or an Advanced menu in an installation setup and see what is to be installed.

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You can get the hijacker from its official site or from the Google Web Store as shown above.
Other ways of the program being spread are by clicking on advertisements such as pop-ups, banners or visiting suspicious sites. Affiliate pages to the hijacker can trigger the unwanted installation setup. You might also see a related browser extension installed. Browsers known to be affected are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

SafeSearch.raaz(.)io – Details

SafeSearch is a browser hijacker developed by Raaz(.)io. When it is inside your computer, you will see it right away, because of all the settings it modifies. The hijacker will change the affected browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine. It may install a browser extension as well as modify other settings on your system. The official site is www.raaz(.)io, but your new tab and homepage are both set to safesearch.raaz(.)io.

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After all these changes, every time you search for something from the browser, the results will be filtered through the SafeSearch.raaz(.)io search engine. You may get redirects and be shown sponsored content.

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Sometimes the official Google search page is loaded from the new tab page, but after you hit Enter, you get the same results from SafeSearch.

You might see advertisements in different types, like pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, etc. across search results and webpages. You may be redirected to sites, which make revenue per-click.

The Privacy Policy of SafeSearch.raaz(.)io is rather chaotic and repeats several times that they are interested in protecting the privacy of users. It is stated that personally-identifiable information is not collected by Raaz, but it is collected from their advertising partners and affiliates. Information claimed to be gathered by them is the following:

  • Ad clicks
  • Referral data
  • Browser type (type and version)
  • Result clicks
  • Search terms
  • Search queries and their count
  • Operating System (platform and related data)

You can read that information on their Privacy page:

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All the collected information, including the personally identifying data collected by partners and affiliates of SafeSearch.raaz(.)io is used to track you and invade your privacy. They hijack your browser, influence your searches, gain money from you and generate additional advertisements and sponsored content. They claim to protect your privacy, but they do just the opposite. Also, they perform user activity tracking and spy on you via two types of browser cookies.

SafeSearch.raaz(.)io – Complete Removal

To remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io and all of its related content manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal guide below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and its modifications completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software will also keep your computer safe from future threats.

Delete SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall SafeSearch.raaz(.)io in Windows
2.Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Your Browser

Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

1. Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to SafeSearch.raaz(.)io in the future
Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools
NOTE! Substantial notification about the SafeSearch.raaz(.)io threat: Manual removal of SafeSearch.raaz(.)io requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

Berta Bilbao

Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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