How to Remove Search.SafeFinder.com Browser Hijacker

Two days ago, I received a call from my younger female cousin whose computer had been infected by a browser hijacker named Search.SafeFinder.com. She told me that this browser hijacker had hijacked its homepage & search engine, and she had tried various possible methods to fix this problem but failed. In the end, she expressed her desire that I could give her some help. Certainly, I will help not only her, but also other victims of this browser hijacker. So, that is the reason why this post is here. In the following, I will introduce Search.SafeFinder.com in details and also offer the step-by-step guide to remove this threat from the infected computers.

Are you in a hurry to remove Search.SafeFinder.com from your PC? Just skip to the removal part right now!

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1. What is Search.SafeFinder.com?
2. What are the signs of being infected by Search.SafeFinder.com?
3. How does Search.SafeFinder.com enter your computer?
4. How does Search.SafeFinder.com work?
5. How to Remove Search.SafeFinder.com from Your PC?
6. How can you prevent your computer from being infected by malware?


1. What is Search.SafeFinder.com?

Search.SafeFinder.com is categorized as a browser hijacker that can set its own domain page as your browser default homepage and also make its own search engine “SafeFinder Search” as the default without any permission. This browser hijacker can hijack almost all Internet browsers installed on your PC, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome by modifies your browser settings, DNS settings and Hosts file. Its goal is to redirect you various advertising websites and hence to help its creators to generating revenue.

Screenshot of the Search.SafeFinder.com

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2. What are the signs of being infected by Search.SafeFinder.com?

(1) Your default homepage becomes “http://search.safefinder.com” and default search engine is set as “SafeFinder Search”.
(2) A number of annoying ads may appear on your web browsers when you are surfing the Internet.
(3) Unwanted toolbars may be installed on your web browsers without any permission.
(4) New icons and links to malicious websites may be added to your Favorite folder.
(5) You may not be able to access certain websites, especially some computer security related sites.
(6) Your computer system and browser may not work as smoothly as usual.



3. How does Search.SafeFinder.com enter your computer?

Usually, this browser hijacker enters your computer via freeware, shareware, or ad-support applications that contain its related installer. In fact, most free software is embedded with browser hijacker so as to get paid from suppliers of the browser hijacker. When such software is installed on your computer, the browser hijacker is installed as well. Most of the time, you may not notice the installation procedure of this browser hijacker, since it is always going on in the background of the system. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t avoid installing it.

install safefinderWhen installing a piece of software, you may be prompted to choose the installation mode you prefer. One is the Express (or Quick) mode, and the other is the Custom (or Advanced) mode. It is highly recommended that you choose the Custom mode, since it offers you the right to deselect any additional program (such as Search.SafeFinder.com) that you don’t want to install at all. If you pursuit speed and choose the Express (or Quick) mode – then, congratulations to you – you have a great opportunity of getting browser hijacker or adware installed on your machine. So, please use caution when installing any software on your PC so as to avoid unwanted malware infections.


4. How does Search.SafeFinder.com work?

Once installed, this browser hijacker will change your default homepage to its own domain page without any permission. It may also change the default search engine while changing the homepage. As a result, whenever you launch your browser, you will be constantly redirected to this site http://search.safefinder.com; if you search the Internet, your search results may be provided by a search engine called SafeFinder Search. By replacing your default homepage and search engine, this browser hijacker can show a series of ads and sponsored links on your search page and otehr page you are browsing. If you click on those ads or sponsored links, you will help creators of this browser hijacker to generate advertising revenue.

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Besides, this browser hijacker will collect your personal information and share it with the third parties. That information collected by this browser hijacker may include your IP address, operating system version, browser type, search queries, the most-visited websites, etc. Then, it receives all sorts of personalized ads such as deals, coupons, and special offers from these third parties and displays them on your browser in order to improve the click-through rate. Besides, this browser hijacker may download and install some unwanted toolbars on your web browsers without any permission. Those toolbars could also record your online data and generate many annoying ads. Having known how nasty this browser hijacker is, you should take immediate action to get rid of Search.SafeFinder.com out of your PC.


5. How to Remove Search.SafeFinder.com from Your PC?

We have known that Search.SafeFinder.com can cause various problems to your computer, so you need to remove it from your PC without any delay. To clear all its traces, you have to remove its related program, files, folders & registry entries, and also reset your browser to its default settings. Now you can follow the step-by-step guide below to accomplish the entire removal of this browser hijacker.

Step 1: Remove the related program from the Windows.
Step 2: Remove the related files, folders & registry entries.
Step 3: Reset your browser to its default settings.

Step 1: Remove the related program from the Windows.

Windows XP
Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen and select Control Panel.

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In the open window, locate and click Add or Remove Programs and you will see all programs installed on your PC.

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Scroll down to find any program with name similar to “SafeFinder”, select it and click on the Remove button to remove it.

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Windows 7/Vista
Click on the Start menu in the bottom left corner of the screen and click on the Control Panel option.

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In the open window, find and click Programs and Features. This will show all installed programs on your PC.
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Look for any program related to the browser hijacker, select it, and click the Uninstall button to remove it.

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Windows 8
Right-click in the bottom left corner of the screen, select Control Panel in the Quick Access Menu.

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In the open window, find and click Programs and Features, and you will access a new window that shows your installed programs.

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Search for any program associated with the browser hijacker, highlight it and click on the Uninstall button to remove it from your system.

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Step 2: Remove the related files, folders & registry entries.

Since this step is a cumbersome and risky task for most users, especially those who are not experienced in computer operation, so I offer several tools here to help you accomplish this step in an easier safer, and more effective way.

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The common characteristics of these tools are that: users-friendly, quick scan, and thorough detection & removal ability. If you want to safely and completely remove all files, folders, and registry entries related to the browser hijacker, you can download and install any one of the above tools on your PC.

If you need my recommendation, I would suggest you to choose SpyHunter. This is because that the registered version of this tool support custom malware fixes, which means that if your problems can’t be resolved by the tool automatically, you can contact the tech support for help.

Now follow these steps to scan your system and remove any detected threats with SpyHunter:

(1) Download SpyHunter installer.exe on your PC.
(2) Double click on the downloaded file and click Run.

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(3) Select the language you prefer.

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(4) Click on CONTINUE button to proceed.

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(5) Check I accept the EULA and Privacy Policy option and then click INSTALL button.Accept-the-EULA-and-Privacy-Policy

(6) Monitor the installation process until the setup is successful. Then, click the Exit button.

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(7) When SpyHunter is launched, click Scan Computer Now button to do a full system scan.

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(8) The scan process may last 10 or more minutes, which depends on the number of files in your system. Please be patient.

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(9) Once the scan is done, you will be shown all detected threats on your computer. To remove them, click on the Fix Threats button.

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Step 3: Reset your browser to its default settings.

When your browser is attacked by a browser hijacker or adware that can change your browser settings without any knowledge, you can choose to reset your browser to its default settings. This is a quick way to reset your default homepage, startup page, and search engine. Besides, some unwanted additional extensions and toolbars will be removed from your browser. Most web browsers give you the option to reset your browser settings in one easy click. Now let’s see how to reset settings in different types of web browser.

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet Explorer
Click on Tools menu and click on Internet Options from the dropdown list.

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Click Advanced tab in the open window, and then click on Reset button.

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When a window pops up, check the box labeled Delete personal settings and then click Reset button.

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When the resetting is done, click Close.

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Restart your browser to make the changes take effect.

Google Chrome
Open Google Chrome.
Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome menu (3-bar icon) and click on Settings.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on Show advanced settings.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page again, and then you will see the Rest settings button. Click on it now.

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When a dialog box appears, click on the Reset button.

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Google Chrome will start resetting the browser settings.
Finally, restart Google Chrome to implement the changes.

Mozilla Firefox
Open Mozilla Firefox.
Click on the Help menu and select the Troubleshooting Information option.

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In the open page, find and click on the Refresh Firefox button.

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In the pop-up dialog box, click the Refresh Firefox button.

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Then, Firefox will start resetting the settings. Please wait for a while until the resetting is done.
Once the resetting is done, Firefox will restart automatically.


6. How can you prevent your computer from being infected by malware?

(1) Keep your system updated. You can set the Windows to automatically notify you of updates, or better yet, to automatically download and install updates. This can prevent malware from exploiting the system vulnerabilities to attack your computer.
(2) Update your browser regularly. No matter which type of browser you use, you should take advantage of your browser’s automatic update features to keep it up-to-date.
(3) Install reliable antivirus software. You need to choose antivirus software that can provide real-time protection, malware blocking, malware detection and malware removal, such as SpyHunter, Malwarebytes, and Max Spyware Detector. Keep it updated on a regular basis.
(4) Use a firewall. You can either use Windows firewall or a third-party firewall on your computer. But my thought is that a Windows firewall is good enough. The Windows Firewall does the exact same job of blocking incoming connections as a third-party firewall. If you really want a third party, remember not to run two firewalls at the same time, since they may interfere with one another.
(5) Be careful of what you download. Software or files that are downloaded from an unknown source should be regarded as dangerous. To be safe, you should only download software or files from a trustworthy source and check them before allowing them to run.
(6) Use caution when installing software. Some software, especially free software, contains installer of malware. When installing such software, you need to be cautious and cancel the installation of any additional program that you suspect or don’t want to install.
(7) Avoid browsing unsafe websites. Some websites have been hacked by cyber hackers and visiting those sites may make you suffer from drive-by download attacks. That is to say, even though you don’t click any links or buttons within the sites, some malicious code can be automatically downloaded in the background to your computer. If you happen to access a website that looks suspicious, leave the site immediately.
(8) Be aware of junk emails. Emails have been used as a common tool to spread malware. Cyber hackers often inject malicious codes into the email attachments, or provide links that redirect you to unsafe websites. So, if you are unsure, don’t open any unknown attachments, not click on the suspicious links within the email messages.
(9) Keep alert when receiving pop-ups. Some pop-ups will warn you that your system has been infected or your software has been out-of-date, and recommend you to install the antivirus software or update to fix the problem. Don’t be fooled! If you really install the recommended software or update, you may get malware downloaded and installed on your device. What you need to do is to click the X button in the top right corner to close the window. Remember not to click on the “No” or “Cancel” within the window.
(10) Scan removable storage devices. You should scan a removable storage device for malware, especially when you suspect that it has been infected, before you make any further operation with it.

If you have no ideas which anti-malware program to choose, you can try using SpyHunter. It will surprise you! Click the the button below to get it downloaded on your PC right now!

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