A hoax browser search engine has been detected by malware researchers several days ago. The search engine exhibits a strange behavior and has the ability to display advertisements, modify web browser settings and also display advertisements that may turn out to be harmful. Since Safesearch4.ru is classified as a potentially unwanted program and is together with what many refer to a browser hijacker. Users who see the homepage of Safesearch4.ru are advised to immediately take down this PUP using the information provided in this article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Each browser application on your computer can be affected. The hijacker will redirect you and show various advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which could be modified are the homepage, the search engine and the new tab window.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundle Packages|
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How Did I Get Safesearch4.ru Hijacker
The most likely method that may have gotten the suspicious web page to open every time you start Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer is called bundling. Since it is very similar to another hijacker – Safesearch1.ru, it involves the adding of indirectly dangerous programs like Safesearch4.ru on the computer of the user disguised “as free extras”. These programs are also known as fake “helpers”, apps that aim to improve the online experience, like seemingly useful toolbars and other forms. Such bundled installers may be downloaded without the user realizing they are bundled. Usually this happens when third-party websites who provide widely downloaded freeware, like well-known media players, torrent programs and even antivirus programs, ironically enough. These websites make money by including the free installers of those fake helpers in the form of either an installation step having a convincing statement as if the app is a part of the installation process:
- “Add Safesearch4.ru to improve your browsing experience.”
- “Insall Safesearch toolbar utility to help you find what you are looking for faster”.
Since these type of threats are classified as low-level, antivirus programs may do nothing to stop them, because of their sheer size in numbers. This is why users are advised to use advanced tools for removing them.
Safesearch4.ru Hijacker – More Information
When it has been successfully situated onto an affected computer, the hijacking software begins to modify Windows Registry Entries heavily. It may primarily target the subkeys of the web browsers that are installed on a given PC, for example:
The modifications of those subkeys and the values in them as well as some other tweaks may change the home page of the web browser to the default home page of Startsearch4.ru:
The page Startsearch4.ru itself is nothing special. For starters, it is created to faintly resemble Google and includes Google Custom Search which is essentially a searching service by google, indicating the search engine does not have it’s original searching database. In addition to this, the search engine also does not possess it’s own custom HTTPs encryption which is a strong indicator that the software is a hoax search engine due to the fact that most official search engines are properly secured.
- Search history.
- Online clicks.
- Possibly user information, if entered.
In addition to that, Safesearch4.ru also advertises third-party software with a suspicious character directly on it’s home page.
Safesearch4.ru – Conclusion and Removal Instructions
As a bottom line, the suspicious Safesearch4.ru search engine is an indicator that your computer is at risk. It may display advertisements that lead to dangerous websites that may either be scamming or directly infect your computer with malware.
Not only this, but Safeseaarch4.ru is primarily created for profit, this is why it may cause multiple redirects or advertisements in other forms to generate traffic to hoax websites or generate funds via pay-per click or other schemes.
This is why it is strongly advisable to remove Safesearch4.ru hijacker from your computer in full. To do this, you should follow the instructions which we have posted below. They are carefully designed to guide you in removing this PUP manually and if you do not have the experience or the time, automatically with a specific anti-malware tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Safesearch4.ru hijacker on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Safesearch4.ru hijacker in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Safesearch4.ru hijacker Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Safesearch4.ru hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Safesearch4.ru hijacker, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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 Safesearch4.ru hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Safesearch4.ru hijacker 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Safesearch4.ru hijacker from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".