Avoid downloading dubious applications from safebrowsing.network

Also Known As: safebrowsing.network pop-up
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove safebrowsing[.]network from Mac?

What is safebrowsing[.]network?

Safebrowsing[.]network is a deceptive/scam site, designed to push users into downloading/installing untrustworthy software. Typically, websites of this type warn visitors of threats/issues detected on their device and offer applications for their elimination. Users should note that no webpage can detect such problems; any that claim to so - cannot be trusted. The same applies to the content they recommended, it is highly likely to be illegitimate and nonfunctional. In most cases visitors to safebrowsing[.]network and other pages similar to - enter them trough redirects caused by PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Application), already infiltrated into their browsers.

safebrowsing[.]network scam

The most common targets of this scam are iPhone users, but it is possible that owners of other Apple products can get redirected to safebrowsing[.]network as well. When accessed, this website displays a pop-up window claiming to have detected four viruses, which can delete contact lists, damage SIM card and device. Users are urged to follow the instructions presented in the page. Said page repeats the initial warnings and provides removal steps. Firstly, users are instructed to press the button located at the bottom ("remove viruses"), secondly they are to download "My Security" and finally eliminate the threats. Additionally, this webpage shows a countdown and states that users must act in this given time (though does not state what is likely to occur, when it runs down). All information listed in safebrowsing[.]network is fake, the "detected" viruses are fake and nonexistent on the device. Following the "removal steps" provided by this website will lead users to downloading/installing some sort of dubious application or similarly untrustworthy content.

PUAs (which open sites like safebrowsing[.]network) can also run intrusive advertisement campaigns and track data. They deliver pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other undesirable ads. However, they are more than just a nuisance, they are considered to be a threat to device/user safety as well. When clicked, these advertisements redirect to harmful pages and some can execute scripts, designed to stealthily download/install PUAs. Unwanted apps with data tracking abilities, monitor users' browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect their personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). This sensitive data can then be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. To summarize, PUAs can lead to various infiltrations and infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device/user safety, it is paramount to remove all suspicious applications without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name safebrowsing.network pop-up
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Mac malware, Mac virus
Fake Claim The scam claims that the device is infected with viruses.
Detection Names Full List (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.31.92.113
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Manualchecker[.]combestantius[.]comsafari-protection[.]com are a few examples of scam websites similar to safebrowsing[.]network. Usually, they employ a variety of scare-tactics to trick users into certain actions. To elaborate, they show warnings of threats/issues found and promote unreliable software for their removal. It is strongly advised against downloading/installing and/or purchasing content offered by such sites.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

The most common mode of PUA proliferation is via download/installation setups of other products. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled apps onto the device. When clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Users are encouraged to research content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download channels should be used. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar sources are considered to be untrustworthy; therefore, they are advised against use. When downloading/installing, users should read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive adverts often look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and so on). Should users encounter ads/redirect of this kind, it is strongly recommended to inspect the device and immediately remove all suspect applications. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Text presented in the pop-up window:

Warning: The device has been infected by (4) viruses! Viruses will damage your mobile phone, SIM card and erase all your contacts! Please follow the instructions on the next page to remove the viruses.

Screenshot of safebrowsing[.]network background page:

safebrowsing[.]network background page

Text presented in this page:

Your iPhone has been infected by the viruses (4)!

AppleCare
Protection plan
If not resolved immediately, the viruses could block the mobile phone, SIM card and damage and delete all important files.

To remove the virus immediately:

Step 1: Click the button below.

Step 2: Download the "My Security" on next page to completely eliminate the virus ..

Important: Please act in 59 seconds.

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I do not want to repair my device.

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To enable pop-up blocking, fraudulent website warnings, and remove web browsing data in mobile Apple devices, follow these steps:

First, go to "Settings", and then scroll down to find and tap "Safari".

remove pop-ups and clear cache step 1

Check if the "Block Pop-ups" and "Fraudulent Website Warning" toggles are enabled. If not, enable them immediately. Then, scroll down and tap "Advanced".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 2

Tap "Website Data" and then "Remove All Website Data".

disable pop-ups and clear cache step 3

Instant automatic removal of safebrowsing.network pop-up: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of safebrowsing.network pop-up. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

Potentially unwanted applications removal:

Remove 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 safebrowsing.network pop-up 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.

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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.

safebrowsing.network pop-up removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove safebrowsing.network pop-up 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.

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

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove safebrowsing.network pop-up 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.

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

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove safebrowsing.network pop-up 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.

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

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Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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