This article provides detailed instructions on how to remove Safesearchprotect.com hijacker from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.
Safesearchprotect.com is a hoax search engine that alters main browser settings and forces you to use its services. The unexpected appearance of this browser hijacker could be a result of unnoticed installation of undesired program on the PC. After infection the main page of this questionable website may appear on the homepage and each new tab page you open in the affected browser. All changes enable this hijacker to obtain sensitive information from the browser and provide it to its unknown owners.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||A website with questionable search enigne that hijacks browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. All modifications happen on the background without users’ knowledge.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to dislay the main page of Safesearchprotect.com hijacker. Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Safesearchprotect.com – Spread Techniques
The appearance of Safesearchprotect.com hijacker in the browser is most likely caused by a potentially unwanted program installed on the PC. Shady techniques that conceal the presence of any PUPs deliver them on your PC and install them without your knowledge.
The most preferred one is considered to be software bundling. With the help of this technique owners of hijackers like Safesearchprotect.com become able to spread the infection code along with other desired and oftentimes free apps. Due to the popularity of free third-party apps among online users, there are many malicious intenders who modify in their installers and set them to install additional undesired apps along with the primary app. Then they release the compromised copies of various desired programs across the net. So in case that you have recently installed any supposedly useful free app, there is chance that you have unnoticeably installed the undesired Safesearchprotect.com along it.
What you should have in mind in future is that the regular installation setup steps of free apps not always reveal all the information you need to know. So in order to avoid an unnoticed installation of PUPs like Safesearchprotect.com you need to find the Advanced or Custom configuration steps and read carefully what is stated there. In case that you find anything you don’t want to install just unmark it and then continue with the process.
Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Safesearchprotect.com hijacker.
Safesearchprotect.com – More About Its Impact
Once started on the PC the undesired program that pushes Safesearchprotect.com accesses the settings of target browsers to set the domain of the hijacker as their homepages, new tab pages and default search engines. Following modifications the main page of the hijacker becomes the first thing you see after you open your browser:
The main page of Safesearchprotect.com presents just one search field and a wavy logo colored alike the Google’s main logo. It appears that Safesearchprotect.com is a rogue search engine that lacks its own database and is set to redirect all search queries to Google search. Actually, the main aim of this hijacker is data harvesting. Certain details collected from affected browsers are sent to its servers so that its owners could use them for their business and advertising purposes. As a result, you may become a target of aggressive advertising campaigns or various phishing campaigns.
Based on our research experience we could guess that like the majority of hijackers Safesearchprotect.com is able to acquire all of the following details from each affected browser:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Type of used browser
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
Meanwhile, the infection files that reside on your PC may be designed to harvest additional system data which at worst may be used by bad intenders to exploit existent vulnerabilities. This, in turn, may lead to an infection with a severe malware.
How to Remove Safesearchprotect.com Browser Hijacker
In order to remove Safesearchprotect.com hijacker and all associated files from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Safesearchprotect.com. The results enable you to access and remove all harmful files from the infected PC. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may be detected with a different name than the name of the hijacker.
In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Safesearchprotect.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Safesearchprotect.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Safesearchprotect.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Safesearchprotect.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Safesearchprotect.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Safesearchprotect.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Safesearchprotect.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Safesearchprotect.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Safesearchprotect.com
Step 2: Uninstall Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Safesearchprotect.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.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 Safesearchprotect.com will be removed.
Eliminate Safesearchprotect.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.