How to remove SafestSearches.com Browser Hijacker
What is SafestSearches.com:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
If your web browser has recently started using SafestSearches.com (by ClientConnect Ltd.) instead of your default search engine, without your permission, then it is very likely that your PC has been infected by a dangerous malware, which is capable of taking over your browser without asking for permission or any consent. Moreover, it seems that the SafestSearches.com hijacker could regenerate itself by hijacking browsers over and over again, rendering the regular removal and uninstall procedure useless. Once the malware infection gets active on the victim’s computer, the SafestSearches.com will start modifying windows registry database and browser settings to set itself as default home page and default search engine. So next time the victim performs a web search, the affected web browsers will start showing compromised search results from http://SafestSearches.com. Most likely the search results will be full of SPAM and other 3rd party ads. Our security department strongly recommends you to avoid any suggestions by SafestSearches.com, however if your PC has been infected by the hijacker you should scan your system for malware, using an up-to-date, reliable & reputable anti-malware software, just like the SpyHunter 4. After performing some tests, our security researchers concluded that the SafestSearches.com browser hijacker works fine with all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Usually, SafestSearches.com comes packed with other free software products and is getting installed by default, when the user accepts the bundle EULA. The possible distribution of the SafestSearches.com browser hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, torrents, other free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
SafestSearches.com redirect hijacker would fill your screen with unwanted advertising, trying to attract more users to the advertised webpages to generate income from the online traffic. SafestSearches.com may keep track of your browsing activity and could retrieve valuable personal information like login names, passwords or other sensitive information. This information might being sent to other third-party companies, which then could use it for their own marketing purposes. That is why this infection should not being left unattended, and it needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to your online identity.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats!!!
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic SafestSearches.com Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect SafestSearches.com and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You will find the SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help with any malware related issue by an experienced professional.
Manual SafestSearches.com Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove SafestSearches.com hijacker manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your system inoperable!!! Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove SafestSearches.com Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to EasyDialSearch.com, OurWebSearch.com, SafeSurfs.com, Search.MyClassifiedsXP.com, Search.Instantemail.com, Search.Yourcurrentnewsnow.com, Pesquisa.ninja, iLivid, Z.moatads.com, ViceIce.com, Esurf.biz, Search.kuklorest.com, SearchPile.com, Coupon Clear, StartNewTab.com Pop-up Ads & Redirects, NewPopTab.com Redirects & Pop-ups, Shopperz, MPC Cleaner, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com Hijacker, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, Space Sound Pro, DP1815, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless we strongly recommend you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got infected with this malware! If you find such installations, just right-click it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that these are actual infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or”“Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control“, then hit enter.
2. Remove SafestSearches.com from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart it in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click on the Firefox Main Menu Icon (3 horizontal lines), then at the bottom go over to the Help sub-menu (a question mark ?) and click on Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that will now appear.
4. Firefox will close and reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has being imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by SafestSearches.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
SafestSearches.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the SafestSearches.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that SafestSearches.com uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut`s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to SafestSearches.com by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named SafestSearches.com in: