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Remove SafeSearch(.)net Hijacker from Your PC

SafeSearch(.)net is the website for a browser hijacker named SafeSearch. Read the whole article carefully to see how you can remove it. This hijacker can change the new tab, homepage, and add an extension to your browsers. The search engine of your browsers will be modified. You might get redirected while browsing. Search results can show advertisements or try to mislead you.

NameSafeSearch(.)net
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe homepage, the new tab, and search engine of your browsers are modified.
SymptomsYour browsers can have their homepage, new tab, and search engine changed. A browser extension could be added. Search results may be incorrect or show ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundle Packages, Chrome Web Store
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by SafeSearch(.)net
User Experience Join our forum to discuss SafeSearch(.)net.

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SafeSearch(.)net – Distribution Ways

A common distribution way for SafeSearch(.)net is from third-party installation setups. Without your awareness, the hijacker can get inside your PC. It can hide in freeware installs and bundled packages. More components are chosen for installation by default in such packages. The components are often hidden, so SafeSearch(.)net can install. Checking for a Custom or an Advanced menu in the setup is a good way of preventing unwanted installations.

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Above you can see a browser extension connected with SafeSearch(.)net. It is available at Google Chrome’s Web Store. Another way for distribution of this hijacker is from advert clicks or visiting untrusted sites. Websites with an unknown reputation could be partnered with the hijacker’s creators. Affected browsers are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

SafeSearch(.)net – Description

SafeSearch(.)net is the main web page for a browser hijacker bearing the same name. If it is found on your PC, your browser settings will be changed. All of your browsers might have their homepage and new tab modified. The search engine will be modified as well. This hijacker claims to keep you safe by setting up website protection for your browsers. No such thing happens.

A browser extension associated to SafeSearch(.)net can be installed. The name is the same, just without the domain extension – SafeSearch. One of the available locations for it is the Google Chrome’s Web Store. The extension might have come bundled with other free software on your PC. You can experience multiple redirects sites of the hijacker or ones related to it. And except redirects, targeted advertisements might show while you browse.

The browser extension does this:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Display notifications
  • Change your search settings to: safesearch.net

Everything inputted into the SafeSearch(.)net address will be filtered by it. Do not enter any personal information, or the hijacker will collect it. The search results of the untrusted program might be misleading. There could also be advertisements and links on the results page. You can see an example in the picture down here:

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Another possibility is that the hijacker can set a search engine that at least at first glance looks exactly like Bing. It is possible that this is a tactic to trick you that the hijacker is a reputable program.

Redirects might appear with the hijacker installed on your PC. Not only the browser extension can redirect to SafeSearch(.)net, but also the homepage, new tab or clicking on adverts. Message notifications, pop-unders, pop-ups, text links or banners can display on pages as ad content. The redirects could be with the aim of getting more traffic to affiliated sites of the hijacker, by using pay-per-click.

The Privacy Policy of SafeSearch(.)net found on the same site, claims that both personally and non-personally identifiable information can be collected.

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Information that may be collected according to the policy:

  • Your IP address
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your browser type
  • Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Your webpage visits
  • Cookies information

Using the services and the site SafeSearch will make the hijacker gather personal information about you. Cookies and whatever you type and technical data will be gathered. According to the policy, only in very rare cases may that data be shared or sold to third parties.

Remove SafeSearch(.)net Completely

To remove SafeSearch(.)net manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down. If the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe.

Delete SafeSearch(.)net from Windows and Your Browser

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

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

1. Remove SafeSearch(.)net with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to SafeSearch(.)net in the future
Optional: Using an Alternative Anti-Malware Tool
NOTE! Substantial notification about the SafeSearch(.)net threat: Manual removal of SafeSearch(.)net 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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