A browser hijacker connected with a rogue PC optimization tool, called WinRepair Pro has been reported in cyber security forums to be setting Sefesidesearch(.)com as a home page and a new tab page. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are the web browsers who are being affected by the hijacker. The search engine itself leads to several third-party websites and is also hoax i.e. does not have its search database. All users who have safesidesearch(.)com are strongly advised to reinstall their web browser and scan their computer for PUPs(Potentially Unwanted Programs) and malware, using the instructions after this article.
|Name||Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The software may hijack the user`s browser changing the home page as well as the new tab page to custom ones.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness heavy advertising as well as redirects upon searches to search.yahoo.com|
|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 Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker.|
Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker may be spread via the a method known as bundling. It means that a program that you may have downloaded from a software providing the third-party website for free may have had the Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker installation embedded in its setup. Most users tend to miss opting out of ‘free extras’ and skip the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation option of their installer.
Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker – More About It
Once installed on your computer, the browser hijacker may employ tracking technologies such as cookies to identify the browsing behavior. This strategy is called behavioral advertising, and it is employed most often with one and only purpose – to display targeted advertisements to the user. This essentially may mean that the software might use your browsing history, online searches, and other information to display advertisements of the same subject, increasing the likeliness of you clicking on those adverts.
Furthermore, the browser hijacker may create various registry keys and values in the Windows Registry Editor to run on system start-up. The user may witness various advertisements in the form of ad-supported search results as well as pop-ups, highlighted text and banners on the websites he/she visits.
When checked, one of the specific buttons in the toolbar redirected to what appears to be a rogue PC optimization software, going by the name WinRepair Pro. When the website was visited from different computers, it managed to identify the version of the Windows in its download page successfully:
Furthermore, when this software was installed it automatically began scanning and detecting system errors and empty registry keys. The software took up to 18000k of the memory, and it heavily offers to the one who is using it to enter his financial details and purchase the full version for the following price:
It is important to know that registry cleaners that have the same outcome of this software usually cost three times less than the price of WinRepair Pro, and you can even find some for free. This is why it is strongly inadvisable to purchase the licensed version that may or may not make your computer faster.
What is more, the rogue PC optimization software embedded in the toolbar of Safesidesearch(.)com may collect the user`s data and share it in some special circumstances:
Either way, having such PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program) on your computer is not recommended because the hijacker may conceal other dangers from the affected users using it:
- Infect their computers with malware via advertising third-party sites.
- Scam users out of their money or steal personal and financial information.
Removing Safesidesearch(.)com Hijacker Completely
To be rid of this browser hijacker permanently from your computer, it is important to act swiftly. First, it is advisable to follow the step-by-step manual to delete the software. In case the software has left-over files after manual removal, it is highly recommended to scan your computer with an advanced anti-malware program. By installing such program, you also make sure you are protected by any future intrusions and PUPs on your PC.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Safesidesearch(.)com Browser 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Safesidesearch(.)com Browser 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’.
After Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Safesidesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker will be removed.