Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to remove Safe Search virus. Stop Safesearch redirect

SafeSearch redirect virus is a creepy browser hijack infection that can take control of Firefox, Internet explorer and Chrome by changing default settings without your knowledge. Once SafeSearch.net malware has infected your computer, you,ll no longer be able to find accurate results using Google. Each time you perform a query, the virus will redirect search results to http://Safe-Search.net search engine instead of Google (or any other default program). Besides redirecting, SafeSearch virus will replace the information with ads and other paid content from third-parties. It is aimed to display advertisements to the users on infected computer so its developers could earn cash. It is also believed that SafeSearch redirect virus monitors your browsing history for distribution of further unwanted ads that are relevant to your Interests. Anyhow, most users are unable to turn off or stop SafeSearch virus from redirecting you because this program is designed to prevent user from uninstalling it. You are advised to follow the guide below to get rid of this bug as soon as possible.

Disadvantages and risks of having SafeSearch.Net:
  • It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
  • Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
  • Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
  • Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
  • Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
  • It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
  • Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources
Want to get rid of Browser Hijack SafeSearch.Net?:
To manually remove SafeSearch.Net, follow the instructions.
First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “SafeSearch.Net”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.
Now remove the program from Browser.
Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for SafeSearch.Net. Disable if found any.
Block pop-ups of SafeSearch.Net
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
 Firefox users:
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “SafeSearch.Net”
 Chrome Users:
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.

Still Spyware SafeSearch.Net lurking in the system? Remove manually
Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.
Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0
Delete SafeSearch.Net infected files:
%Profile%\Local Settings\Temp\

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