SafeSearch Removal Guide

SafeSearch has been categorized as a browser hijacker, which you certainly don’t need on your PC. Unfortunately, this toolbar is often installed to computers without the users noticing it. It will try to present itself as a reliable and effective search engine, but you should keep in mind that SafeSearch can lead to serious problems for your system’s security. The add-on’s activities can be the cause of sudden redirects to suspicious web pages that can lead to various computer infections.

SafeSearch usually enters computers together with freeware downloads. The toolbar will be bundled with the free software, and it will be downloaded and installed along with it. Be cautious when downloading free programs from unreliable sources as other potentially unwanted applications will probably be bundled with them. Once SafeSearch is installed, it will be attached to your browser. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, among others. The toolbar will change some of your browser’s settings: your home page will be set to safesearch.net, and it will also make the SafeSearch engine your default search provider.

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Download Removal Tool for SafeSearch

After that, the toolbar will start to manage all of your online searches. This will lead to sudden redirects to unknown websites. There is a chance that some of these will be either compromised or malicious. If you visit such a page, then you will immediately become a target for various infections. Spyware, keyloggers, malware, scamware, and other infections will try to enter your system.

Any of the above-mentioned might be used by cyber criminals in order to acquire any sensitive information that you store on your PC. Personal details, login credentials, passwords, credit card numbers, and any other information will be at risk of being stolen. You must protect your information. Stop using SafeSearch and remove it from your computer completely. This way you will also stop the annoying pop-up advertisements that the toolbar generates. The pop-ups usually contain links to various websites. Some of these websites can also be compromised or malicious, so they also can be aimed at spreading infections. Avoid clicking on any of the links in the pop-up advertisements.

Follow the guide below as it will show you how to remove SafeSearch from your computer and browser completely. To help you do so, we have included a removal guide at the end of this article. After you complete the deletion of the hijacker, you should scan your computer with an AV program to check for other potential threats. The clandestine software may have used SafeSearch to let in other harmful tools or made entries into your registries which can open a security hole.

Remove SafeSearch from your browser

Remove hijacker from Mozilla Firefox

Step 1: Remove SafeSearch add-on from web browser
1. Open the Menu button and go to Add-ons or press Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. When the Add-ons Manager tab appears, click Extensions (or Appearance).
3. Find SafeSearch and click the Disable button.

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Step 2: Change your Homepage
1. Open the Menu button and go to Options.
2. Open the General tab.
3. Type the website you prefer for Home Page, or choose the option Restore to Default.
4. Click OK to exit the window.

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5. Right-click on the Mozilla Firefox icon on the Desktop and go to Properties.
6. Check if the Target of the shortcut is correct.

Step 3: Change your default search provider
1. Open the Menu button and go to Options.
2. Open the Search tab.
3. Select a default search provider from the drop-down menu.

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4. Click OK and exit.

Remove SafeSearch adware from Google Chrome

Step 1: Remove SafeSearch add-on
1. Go to the Chrome menu on the right.
2. Click More Tools and select Extensions.
3. Locate the unwanted add-on and delete it by clicking on the trash icon.

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4. Click Remove on the confirmation window.

Step 2: Change your Homepage
1. Open the Chrome menu and go to Settings.
2. Go to AppearanceShow Home button -New Tab page – Change
3. Select the website you want to see for your home page.

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4. Click OK to confirm.
5. Right-click on the Chrome icon on the Desktop and go to Properties.
6. Check if the Target of the shortcut is correct.

Step 3: Change your default search provider
1. Open the Chrome menu and go to Settings.
2. Find the Search section there.
3. Select your default search engine from the drop-down menu, or go to Manage Search engines.
4. Click the search provider you will use for default engine and choose Make default.
5. Click Done to confirm.

Remove SafeSearch from Internet Explorer

Step 1: Remove SafeSearch extension
1. Go to the wrench icon and open the Tools menu (or press Alt+X).
2. Open Manage add-ons and go to Toolbars and Extensions.
3. Select all the extensions you want to remove.

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4. Click Remove and then Close.

Step 2: Change your Homepage
1. Go to the wrench icon and open the Tools menu.
2. Select Internet Options.
3. Type the website you will use for your home page and click OK.

change Internet Explorer homepage
4. Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon on the Desktop and go to Properties.
5. Check if the Target of the shortcut is correct.

Step 3: Change your default search provider
1. Open the address bar and click on Add.
2. Select a search engine from the list provided and choose Add to IE.
3. Press Alt+X to open the Tools menu.
4. Go to Manage add-ons and navigate to Search Providers.
5. Select the engine you will use as a default provider and click on Set as default.

Remove SafeSearch from your PC

Windows 8
1. Press Win+X and go to the Control Panel.
2. Navigate to Uninstall a Program and select the unwanted tool from the list.
3. Click on Uninstall to delete the program.

Windows 7
1. Open the Windows Start menu and go to Control Panel.
2. Navigate to Uninstall a Program and delete the tool from the list.

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Windows XP
1. Open the Windows Start menu and go to Control Panel.
2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
3. Find the unwanted program and delete it from the list.

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