searchsafer.com (Search Safer)

By | August 2, 2012 | 8 Comments

Searchsafer.com is a browser hijacker virus that redirects your searches to unfamiliar address. Typically, you may have installed Search Safer program accidentally while loading other software. In fact, there are multimedia players that promote searchsafer.com and install it by default alongside with the program. Although, it gives you an option to exclude the search bar when choosing ‘custom’ install.

Once searchsafer.com is on the system, it will alter settings on the Internet browser. It may behave just any other add-ons except that your default search bar will be replaced with an unknown one. Some people consider searchsafer.com a virus because it denies an option to remote itself from the computer. There are no entries on add/remove program of Windows and it did not provide easy access to change the default search bar.

Aside from the mentioned system changes, searchsafer.com also installs toolbars and add-ons without your approval. It automates the installation process. Even though the search bar and tool bar was made to serve a function, still some finds it grating. For this reason, computer users think that searchsafer.com is a virus or some sort of computer infection.

While security experts are still verifying the true characteristics of searchsafer.com, those who have this redirect on their machine are fortunate to know that there are easy way to remove it from the PC. The guide below shows the steps in deleting Searchsafer.com redirects from the system.

Type Hijacker
Sub-Type Add-ons
OS Affected Windows

What are the Symptoms searchsafer.com (Search Safer)?

Once this add-on is installed, it launches a new tab window when the browser is opened. The page contains a search bar similar to image you can see below.

Searchsafer.com alias Search Safer

Follow these Procedures to Remove searchsafer.com

Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.

Procedure 1: Uninstall searchsafer.com from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

Accessing Control Panel in Windows 8 and Windows 10

- On your keyboard, Press Windows Key + X.
- Once Quick Access Menu appears on the screen, please click on Control Panel.
- Control Panel window will open. Please proceed to the next step which is uninstalling searchsafer.com.

How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista / 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

2. To uninstall searchsafer.com, click on Uninstall a program under Programs Section. It will open a Program and Features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for searchsafer.com title or any suspicious name that was installed recently. To do this, you need to arrange the items chronologically. Click on Installed On to display recently installed programs.

Uninstall Item

4. Select searchsafer.com or any suspicious items and then Click on Uninstall button to remove it from Windows.

5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK button to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. When troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of searchsafer.com. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Close all running programs on your computer because we will need to restart Windows on this procedure.
- Press and Hold Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on Restart.
- You will then be presented with Troubleshooting Options.
- Click on Troubleshoot icon.
- Then, Click on Advanced Options icon.
- Select Startup Settings icon and then, Click on Restart button.
- When Windows restarts, it will prompt to choose number from the list of options. Press the number on your keyboard that corresponds to Safe Mode with Networking, commonly number 5.
- Once in Safe Mode, please proceed to the next step which is running a virus scan on the computer.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP / Vista / 7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 3: Scan and remove searchsafer.com files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove searchsafer.com, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download searchsafer.com Removal Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.

2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.

3. Once update has completed, MBAM will launch.

MBAM Scanner

4. Select SCAN from the top menu. Then, click on Threat Scan (Recommended) section.

5. Click on Start Scan to thoroughly scan the computer. Remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program after the process.

Procedure 4: Run extra scan with Junkware Removal Tool

To make sure that no more malicious files linked to searchsafer.com are inside the computer, we must run another effective scanner. This time, use Junkware Removal Tool. No installation is necessary with this tool.

Download JRT

1. Click the button above to start the download process. Save the file to your preferred location.

2. Junkware Removal Tool will close all running applications later. So, before executing the file, please Bookmark or Print this page. And then, close all programs.

3. Double-click the JRT.exe file to initiate the tool.

4. It will prompt you to "Press any key to continue."

JRT Scanner

5. Junkware Removal Tool will create a Restore Point and proceed with the scan. Please wait for the scan process to finish.

6. After scanning the computer, JRT will open a Notepad containing scan logs. It may have not find searchsafer.com relevant entities, but it will surely delete any malicious items not found in the previous scans.

Procedure 5: Reset Affected Internet Browser

Reset browser settings of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.
2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter.
3. Navigate at the end of the page and click on Show advanced settings.
4. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset settings to remove all changes made by searchsafer.com.

Reset Google Chrome

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

1. Open Internet Explorer software.
2. Navigate to top menu and click Tools > Internet Options.
3. On Internet Options window, select Advanced tab.
4. In order to reverse modifications caused by searchsafer.com, click on Reset button to bring back Internet Explorer's settings to their default condition.

Internet Explorer

Reset Firefox to its default state:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox program.
2. Navigate to top menu and Open Help Menu. Then, select on Troubleshooting Information.
3. Click on Refresh Firefox button to erase the effect of searchsafer.com.

Reset Firefox

Procedure 6: Run Qualys Online Browser Check

Qualys Browser Check performs a security examination on your browser including installed plug-ins and add-ons. At the end of the scan, this tool will recommend on what to remove and give you steps to resolve any vulnerabilities found on the browser.

1. Open Internet browser application that is affected by searchsafer.com.
2. Click Here to visit Qualys Browser Check web site.
3. Next, click on "Scan without installing lugin" link.

Online Browser Check

4. Click on Scan Now button to check and remove searchsafer.com and any other malicious add-ons and extensions. You must read and accept "Service User Agreement" to continue.
5. After the scan, you will be presented with Browser Check Summary. Fix any issues and follow the recommendation on the result.

Protect your PC from searchsafer.com or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Google Chrome's Protection from Dangerous Sites

With Google Chrome's Dangerous Site Protection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable protection from dangerous sites, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, Press Enter.
3. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
4. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Protect you and your device from dangerous sites'.

Chrome Security Settings

5. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Google Chrome's protection from dangerous sites

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Open Menu. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

8 thoughts on “searchsafer.com (Search Safer)

  1. Mohan

    The best thing to do is just uninstall chrome and reinstall chrome! may be this can solve the problem

  2. Yoda

    FOR FIREFOX USERS:
    None of the provided methods work for me. I found this method to be the most useful (it worked!):

    Type “about:config” in the URL bar and it will ask you whether you are sure. Click “I’ll be careful!” and then scroll down until you see the entry “browser:newtab.url” or something like that. Right-click that and click “Reset”.
    Open a new tab and you won’t be redirected to Search Safer anymore!

  3. Angela

    Thank You Yoda!!! I followed your instructions and its gone
    Much appreciated!!!

  4. Ossi

    Ok, this is how I fixed it. I writed about:config and I chose brovser.startup.homepage from the list and set the homepage to google.com so now it doesn’t boot the search safer toolbar when I start Mozilla

  5. Gary

    Thank you sooo much Yoda, I just got a new laptop and thought I had screwed it up with that search safer thing, but your method worked, couldn’t be happier.

  6. Ossi

    For Chrome users:

    I found this way easiest. I pressed the tools button where I did choose settings. When you’re in go to section wheres search. Search safer had disabled my google search so I needed to add new one.
    So go to add new search browser and type Google. To keyword add google.com. Last one is the Url-box. Go to google.com and type any word you like. In my case I typed car. Copy and paste the Url to url box and remove the car word from URL and add %s where the word was like this: hxxps://www.google.com/#hl=fi&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=car
    hxxps://www.google.com/#hl=fi&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=%s
    now you can set google to default search engine.
    Hope this worked

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