Safe Finder Virus (Mac)

Also Known As: Safe Finder browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Safe Finder browser hijacker from Mac?

What is Safe Finder?

Safe Finder is a rogue application designed to promote a number of fake web search engines. It typically infiltrates systems without users' consent. Following infiltration, this app stealthily modifies browser options and stealthily gathers sensitive information. For these reasons, Safe Finder is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

Safe Finder browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Once infiltrated, Safe Finder hijacks Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, modifying the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options by assigning them to one of the following URLs: search.safefinderformac.com, search.macsafefinder.com, or search.safefinder.com All are presented as legitimate web search engines that significantly enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results. In fact, none give any real value for regular users. Once a search query is entered, users are immediately redirected to search.yahoo.com and end up searching via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine). Note that all of the listed sites are useless. In addition, Safe Finder reassigns browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, as long as Safe Finder is present, returning browsers to their previous states is impossible. Ultimately, users are encouraged to visit one of the above sites when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. These redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. As mentioned above, Safe Finder (and its promoted websites) continually gather information relating to browsing activity. Search queries, websites visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and other collected information usually includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to any of the aforementioned websites, immediately eliminate the Safe Finder browser hijacker, scan the system with a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite (such as Combo Cleaner), and never return to these sites.

There are dozens of browser-hijacking applications such as Safe Finder. Most offer various "useful features", however, the claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. All browser hijackers are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, these PUPs cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive information. Furthermore, fake search engines generate misleading search results and intrusive advertisements that lead to malicious websites. Therefore, using them can result in various computer infections.

How did Safe Finder install on my computer?

Developers promote the Safe Finder browser hijacker using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive advertisements redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware. "Bundling" is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs together with regular software/apps. Developers do not disclose these installations properly - the hide "bundled" PUPs within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users are likely to click various advertisements and skip download/installation steps. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. Most of these ads are delivered by adware-type PUPs. Therefore, if you encounter them, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. It is also important to select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. In doing so, opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Your software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue software, and thus should never be used.

Deceptive application installer promoting Safe Finder:

Delusive installer used to promote Safe Finder

IMPORTANT NOTE! The Safe Finder browser hijacker is designed to alter Safari's homepage, new tab, and new tab window settings. Therefore, after scanning the system with Combo Cleaner and removing all detected threats, be sure to revert these settings.

Step 1: Open the Safari browser, click "Safari" (left-upper corner of the screen) and select "Preferences":

Safe Finder Safari Options Step 1

Step 2: Set "New windows open with" and "New tabs open with" to "Homepage" (or "Empty page"). Then enter your preferred URL in the "Homepage" field:

Safe Finder Safari Step 2

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

Safe Finder redirect removal:

Remove Safe Finder-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac browser hijacker removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

Remove safe finder browser hijacker related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar, choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example, “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Safe Finder browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove safe finder browser hijacker related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser. From the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove safe finder browser hijacker related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove safe finder browser hijacker related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.