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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The home page and new tab setting of your browser will be changed and you may witness sponsored results.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, new tab and may add a browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss SafeSearch.raaz(.)io.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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:
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
Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SafeSearch.raaz(.)io on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable SafeSearch.raaz(.)io Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SafeSearch.raaz(.)io
Step 2: Uninstall SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SafeSearch.raaz(.)io from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SafeSearch.raaz(.)io, 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io will be removed.
Eliminate SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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 SafeSearch.raaz(.)io 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".