Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Safe Monitor removal guide
What is Safe Monitor?
Safe Monitor is a browser extension created by WebAppTech Coding LLC. This plug-in displays tracking cookies, which are added when surfing the Internet. Note that while this browser add-on is functional, the developers use various misleading tactics in order to trick computer users into adopting their program. The homepage of this website displays a fake 'Norton Secured' badge and makes false claims that the add-on is used by 100,000 users. Moreover, when installed on users' systems, Safe Monitor displays unwanted ads and tracks Internet surfing habits. This plug-in causes diminished browser performance and may lead to serious privacy issues. Users should be aware that clicking the ads displayed by Safe Monitor may cause inadvertent installation of malware or viruses.
This plug-in displays in-text and interstitial ads (displaying 1-5 per website), search engine ads (up to 3 text ads), and full screen pop-up ads. Safe Monitor tracks IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating system versions, Internet browser versions, visited website URLs, and search queries entered into search engines. Developers of Safe Monitor claim that this browser add-on reveals any parties who spy on you, however, it seems that the real spy is the Safe Monitor App itself. Using this browser add-on is not recommended; if you have installed it, you are advised to remove this adware immediately.
Safe Monitor is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This browser add-on is promoted using deceptive ads through social networks and various download websites. Other common sources of such adware are 'download clients' employed by free software download websites - these are used to monetize free software downloads by offering additional promoted browser add-ons or toolbars. To avoid installation of Safe Monitor or other unwanted browser add-ons, ensure that you pay close attention when downloading freeware - inspect each installation step and opt out of installation of promoted programs. When installing freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick'. To eliminate Safe Monitor from your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox), use the removal guide provided.
- What is Safe Monitor?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Safe Monitor application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Safe Monitor add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Safe Monitor plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Safe Monitor extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Safe Monitor removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs"
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Safe Monitor", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Safe Monitor, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Safe Monitor from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Safe Monitor from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Safe Monitor" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Safe Monitor, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Safe Monitor from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Safe Monitor", select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the Safe Monitor extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue having problems with the removal of Safe Monitor add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Safe Monitor from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Safe Monitor".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Safe Monitor, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Safe Monitor is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Safe Monitor distribution:
To avoid installation of Safe Monitor be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Safe Monitor from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
If you have additional information on Safe Monitor or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.