Safe Finder is an intruder that falls under the category of browser hijackers. This means that it is able to enter your system unnoticed, and then change your browser’s settings.
Once Safe Finder is on your computer, the homepage and default search engine on the browser will be changed, and you will be unable to revert these modifications whilst the hijacker is on your computer. Safe Finder is not only intrusive, but there are a number of security risks related to its activities. It is strongly recommended that you remove Safe Finder from your computer as soon as possible.
|Type||Ad-supported search engine, Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||Once triggered, the user will start viewing pop-up windows about a virus detected on the system.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups, Redirects, Ad-supported search results, Lack of own search database.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (the ‘bundling’ method), or visiting suspicious websites.|
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How Did Safe Finder Infiltrate My Computer?
Browser hijackers are known to be quite cunning. In all likeliness, you have not installed Safe Finder on your computer willingly. The browser hijacker has most likely entered your computer with the help of some free program that you have recently installed. It was attached to its installers, and you have missed the opportunity to decline its installation. If you do not want this to happen again, then you should remain vigilant when installing freeware. Also, select the Advanced/Custom installation method. This will allow you to prevent any additional software from being installed on your computer.
What Does Safe Finder Do?
As soon as this browser hijacker manages to sneak onto your computer, it will make search.safefinder.com the homepage and default search engine on your browser. This can be done on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. If you start using this search engine, you will notice that it displays a lot of sponsored links. The browser hijacker is also going to show various banner advertisements. Safe Finder will also collect data on your browsing, which will allow it to provide users with relevant ads. This information will also be shared with unknown third parties.
Why Is Safe Finder Unwelcome on My PC?
We already mentioned that there are security risks related to the activities of the browser hijacker. The sponsored links that it shows may lead to unreliable websites. The same goes for the ads that it will show. It is crucial not to click on any of these. If you do get transferred to some website that is managed by cyber criminals, then your whole PC will be at risk along with all sensitive information that you store on it. The website you are transferred to may also try to trick you into handing your personal and financial data willingly by tricking you into believing that you have won some prize. Do not trust any such pages as they have nothing but malicious intentions.
How Do I Remove Safe Finder?
The first thing you need to do to get rid of Safe Finder is uninstall it. Go to Control Panel, open the list of programs, locate Safe Finder, and uninstall it. Next, you should reset your browser. It has been discovered that Safe Finder can spread to numerous directories and transfer files to the system’s registry. Unfortunately, we do not recommend that layman users tamper with the registry. If you continue having issues with Safe Finder after you have uninstalled it, then it is recommended that you acquire powerful anti-malware software. This will get rid of the browser hijacker along with all other intruders that may be on your PC. This is the most efficient and secure way of making sure that your system is entirely safe.
Manually delete Safe Finder from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Safe Finder threat: Manual removal of Safe Finder 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.