Safesurfs.net is an internet domain of a browser hijacker. The main page is also serving the purpose of a search engine. Strangely, all searches are redirected through SafeFinder – another hijacker. After the fast redirect, you will land on a Yahoo search results page. The hijacker can change browser settings, like the homepage, search engine, and new tab. Ads or targeted content might appear. A toolbar could be added as well. To remove the hijacker with its files, you should read the article carefully.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Browsers on your PC will have changed settings. Some of the settings are the homepage, search engine and new tab. A toolbar could be added as well.|
|Symptoms||The hijacker can redirect you and filter your search queries. It is not excluded for a browser extension to appear in your browser apps. You might see third party content and adverts.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Safesurfs.net.|
Safesurfs.net – Spread
Safesurfs.net can be spread in a few ways. Third-party installations are the common method for that. Bundled packages, including installers for free programs, can install the hijacker in your computer. Freeware install setups have additional content selected for default installing. The unwanted software can enter your computer machine and alter various settings before you notice. To avoid the installation of such a program, search for a Custom or an Advanced option menu, so you might deselect components.
Safesurfs.net can spread with banners, pop-ups and other advertisement content. The hijacker might be distributed with the help of suspicious sites hosting redirects. Websites such as those could be affiliates or partners of Safesurfs.net. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
Safesurfs.net – Detailed Information
Safesurfs.net is the main online domain and search engine for a browser hijacker software carrying the same name. Below, you can view a screenshot of the main web page:
The Safesurfs.net page is formed of one search bar, and a few buttons. The buttons redirect to social media sites or sites for online shopping. The page replaces your default search engine, the new tab setting, and your home page.
If any program which is related to the hijacker finds its way to your computer system, then you will surely notice how they modify your browsers. Additional software might be installed on your computer, to assist the hijacker. Extensions could redirect you or show you advertisements, and you can land on unwanted or unpopular pages. Such pages might be partnered with Safesurfs.net.
Above, you can view what happens when you try using Safesurfs.net as a search engine. You get redirected to Yahoo. But what you might miss if you are not specifically looking for it, is that all your searches will go through the following redirect:
Safesurfs.net can obtain data from your search queries with the help of Safe Finder. The search engines are related and will send any information about your search queries to servers of the hijackers’owners. You should be very careful in what you type in those fraudulent search engines.
Information which is collected by that hijacker, according to the Policy:
- Browser (type and language)
- Operating System (type and language)
- Advertisements viewed
- Offers and services that interest you
- Default search
- VPN and Proxy services
- Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Interaction with social networks
- Your name and address
- Geo location and IP address
- Date and time of access
- Your time zone
- Screen Resolution
- Search quires and browsing history
- Pages browsed and content viewed
By using any services of Safesurfs.net, and these of Safe Finder as well, including applications and toolbars associated with them will automatically grant your consent for your data to be gathered. The policy also states that cookies, web beacons, pixel tags and similar technologies are used in the acquiring of information.
Remove Safesurfs.net Completely from Your PC
To remove Safesurfs.net manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Safesurfs.net from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Safesurfs.net from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Safesurfs.net from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Safesurfs.net from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Safesurfs.net from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Safesurfs.net from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Safesurfs.net from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Safesurfs.net from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Safesurfs.net
Step 2: Uninstall Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Safesurfs.net from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net 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 Safesurfs.net will be removed.
Eliminate Safesurfs.net 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.