How to remove SafeSurfs.com Browser Hijacker
What is SafeSurfs.com:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
SafeSurfs.com is a new dangerous browser hijacker, that our security research team warned us about. SafeSurfs.com infiltrates systems silently and without asking for consent. Moreover, immediately after SafeSurfs.com becomes active and starts modifying browser settings and windows registry only to be configured for the default home page/new tab & search engine. The browser hijacker is distributed mostly by using the “software bundling” method, which allows the developers to install various suspicious software products, along with some popular free programs, usually requested by the user. This is considered a deceptive & misleading technique, which allows installation of software that is neither wanted nor requested by the user. When the browser gets infected and the user performs a search – he/she will be redirected to http://SafeSurfs.com, where the search results will be compromised and loaded with spam and third-party advertising.
Usually, SafeSurfs.com comes packed with some other free software and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the SafeSurfs.com hijacker varies, but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
SafeSurfs.com would fill up your screen with questionable and unwanted ads, that could lead to other malware infections. The browser hijacker would monitor your online activity by search for private data, such as browsing history, session ids, tracking cookies, account information and even usernames and password information. The collected private data will later be used by some third-party companies for marketing purposes. That is the reason this malware infection should not be 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 SafeSurfs.com Hijacker Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect SafeSurfs.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 to purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help for any malware related issue by an experienced professional.
Manual SafeSurfs.com Hijacker Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove SafeSurfs.com browser hijacker manually. However, you should proceed at your own risk. Any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove SafeSurfs.com Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to SafeSurfs.com, Pesquisa.ninja, iLivid, ViceIce.com, Esurf.biz, Search.kuklorest.com, SearchPile.com, SafeSurfs.com for Internet Explorer, SafeSurfs.com for Firefox, SafeSurfs.com for Chrome, BrowserProtect, Search-Results Toolbar, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars also look for any suspicious or unknown programs installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall/remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it 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 SafeSurfs.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 start 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 (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Check for arguments added by SafeSurfs.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to webpages:
SafeSurfs.com might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load its home page. This causes the SafeSurfs.com`s web page to open up when you launch a hijacked shortcut.
The argument that SafeSurfs.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 SafeSurfs.com by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named SafeSurfs.com in: