What is Safesurfs.net?

Safesurfs.net is search engine page, that hijacks Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer settings. It installs as homepage, default search engine and opens as a newtab. Safesurfs.net hacks browser shortcuts to force them open Safesurfs.net every time you start certain browser. This hijacker looks differently, depending on what browser it is installed in. But in general it resembles well-known search engines. Safesurfs.net contains search box, logo and links to popular social networks and shopping sites. When user types in search query, it is redirected 3 times: from Safesurfs.net to feed.snowbitt.com, then to search.safefinder.com and then to search.yahoo.com. With help of this trick, website can get access to stats of user search queries, history of visited websites and user online behavior. This information can be sold to third-party advertising companies. In order to remove Safesurfs.net, please, follow instructions in this article.

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How Safesurfs.net gets on your PC?

Safesurfs.net hijacker can infect your browsers, if you use torrents, software portals (like CNET, Softonic), online file storage websites. You can also get infected if you download free utilities from unknown sources. Usually, such utilities promote adware, hijackers or toolbars, as useful browser add-ons. Unless you uncheck certain checkboxes, or decline certain offer, those unwanted programs will be installed by default. That is why, you should pay attention to all steps of install process, if you install something new on your computer. You should also use Norton or SpyHunter Ant-Malware, that unlike usual antiviruses can protect you from Safesurfs.net and remove it from browsers.

How to remove Safesurfs.net from your computer?

To uninstall Safesurfs.net remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and regkeys.

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You can try both of these products to remove Safesurfs.net

Or uninstall Safesurfs.net manually.

Step 1: Remove Safesurfs.net from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Safesurfs.net.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Safesurfs.net and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Safesurfs.net, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, click on the Settings at the top.
  2. Click on App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, locate Safesurfs.net and click it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 10

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.

After that remove Safesurfs.net from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Safesurfs.net from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Safesurfs.net.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Safesurfs.net.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE.
  2. Push Alt + T.
  3. Click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Safesurfs.net.
  6. Click More information link in the left-bottom corner.
  7. Click Remove button.
  8. If this button is grayed out – perform alternative steps.

Learn more about removing extensions from IE.

Step 3: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:
  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:
  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

Reset browser setting in Internet Explorer:
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. Go to Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Put a tick near Delete personal settings checkbox.
  7. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Internet Explorer.

Step 4: Remove Safesurfs.net from shortcuts

For every browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE) do the following:

  1. Right-click on the corresponding shortcut.
  2. In opened menu choose Properties.
  3. Look carefully at the Target field.
  4. Remove Safesurfs.net from this line.
  5. Click Apply button.
  6. Confirm changes by clicking Continue button in opened window.
  7. Click on the shortcut to check.

Step 5: Remove following files and folders of Safesurfs.net:

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Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

One comment

  1. Hi great article I have done EVERYTHING, but I just can’t seem to remove from property shortcuts. I don’t know what to do. It tells me that I don’t have access to change shortcut but I do have set up were I’m the admin to my PC yet I cannot get rid of it which is causing the programs (FireFox, Chrome & IE) to start w/Index of file///C:/ (I.E. Index of file:///C:/PROGRA~2/MOZILL~1/)
    would you be so kind to help me??

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