SurfSelf(.)com is a domain which serves as a search engine to a browser hijacker software. Once you have it on your computer machine, you will begin to notice changes in browsers, like the homepage, search engine, and new tab settings. Adverts and redirects could show up while you try to browse. A toolbar might be added as well. To remove this browser hijacker with all its files, you should read the article till the end.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The browsers on your PC will get their settings modified. Settings like the homepage, search engine and new tab can be changed. A toolbar might be added.|
|Symptoms||A browser extension might be installed in your browsers. The hijacker can redirect you and filter your search results. You might see third party content and advertisements when browsing.|
|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 SurfSelf(.)com.|
SurfSelf(.)com – Ways of Delivery
SurfSelf(.)com can be delivered by in a few ways. A very popular one is with the help of third-party installation setups. Bundled packages plus setups for free programs can put the hijacker inside your computer. Freeware installers have additional content chosen in the default installation. The unwanted program can enter your computer system and switch various settings before you become aware of that. To avoid such a program from installing, you should search for a Custom or an Advanced options menu, so you can deselect components.
Another way for delivering SurfSelf(.)com is from the Google Chrome Web Store, as you can see above. Banners, pop-ups or other advertisements might also distribute the hijacker. Suspicious websites which host redirects might also be used as a delivery way for the hijacker. Websites like that might be partners of SurfSelf(.)com. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
SurfSelf(.)com – In Details
SurfSelf(.)com is the primary web domain and search engine for the browser hijacker program with the same name. You can see the main web page in the image below:
The SurfSelf(.)com page consists of a single search bar, and many different buttons. The buttons themselves use redirecting through the bit(.)ly URL shortener. In that way, the owners of the site make additional money. That same page is also filled with other various links and a toolbar. The page will replace your default search engine, new tab setting, and your homepage.
If any software that is tied to the hijacker is found on your computer device, then you will start seeing your browser apps being modified. Additional programs could be installed on your computer system, to provide assistance to the hijacker. Any extension might redirect you or show you adverts, and you can find yourself on unknown and unwanted web pages. Such websites could be partnered or affiliated with SurfSelf(.)com.
In the image depicted above, you can see the search results page of SurfSelf(.)com. You can see that Google’s Custom search is utilized, but the domain remains the same. Also, links and web pages will go through different redirects and URL shorteners as mentioned above.
SurfSelf(.)com can collect data from you by filtering your search queries. The search engine can send both personal and technical information to servers owned by the hijacker’s developers. Be careful about what you type in your searches.
According to the Policy, the following information can be collected:
- Email address
- Your name (if you provide it)
- Internet protocol (IP) addresses
- Browser user agent
- Referring page
- Date and time stamp
- Cookies and web beacons
All of that information may be disclosed to third-parties in several situations. If you don’t your privacy to be invaded in such a way, and you have software connected to the search site, then it is advised to remove all unwanted files from your personal computer device.
Remove SurfSelf(.)com Completely from Your PC
To remove SurfSelf(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this hijacker and all related files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SurfSelf(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SurfSelf(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SurfSelf(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SurfSelf(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SurfSelf(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SurfSelf(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SurfSelf(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SurfSelf(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SurfSelf(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SurfSelf(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com 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 SurfSelf(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate SurfSelf(.)com 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.