DPS Websafe browser hijacker removal instructions
What is DPS Websafe?
DPS Websafe hijacks browsers by modifying certain browser's settings (changing them to dpswebsafe.com, an address of a fake search engine). Quite often users download and install browser hijackers unknowingly, for this reason apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is worthwhile to mention that apps like DPS Websafe often are designed not only to promote fake search engines but also to collect browsing-related data.
As a rule browser hijackers are designed to change settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab. DPS Websafe changes them to dpswebsafe.com so that users would be forced to visit this address every time they open a browser, new window and enter search queries into URL bar. The main reason why dpswebsafe.com is a fake search engine is because it does not generate any unique, independent results - it displays results generated by Bing (redirects users to bing.com). It is common that apps like DPS Websafe are designed to prevent users from removing address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings. Therefore, dpswebsafe.com (or any other unwanted address that appeared in browser's settings because of a browser hijacker) can be stopped from being opened on the aforementioned occasions only when DPS Websafe is no longer installed on a browser. Furthermore, like many browser hijackers, this app may be designed to collect information related to user's browsing habits. Typically, such apps target browsing data (e.g., entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, IP addresses). Nevertheless, there in some cases they are capable of accessing sensitive information as well. Another issue is that their developers could sell gathered data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Users who have their browsers hijacked by apps like DPS Websafe may become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, and/or some other issues. Apps of this type should never be downloaded and installed.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||DPS Websafe|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to ensure complete web protection|
|Serving IP Address (dpswebsafe.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Some more examples of applications that are classified as browser hijackers are Remove Notifications, StreaminSearchs and Search-Plus. What most of them have in common is that they are designed to promote some fake search engine and gather browsing-related information. Also, very often browser hijackers are advertised as tools that supposed to include some features, improve browsing experience, etc. Although, not many of them function as they supposed to - more often than not they are useless and can cause various problems.
How did DPS Websafe install on my computer?
Sometimes users cause downloads and/or installations of PUAs by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts. However, more often it happens when such apps are included in download and/or installation setups of other, mainly free programs. It is very common for PUAs to be included in setups of other programs as extra offers. This distribution method of potentially unwanted apps is called "bundling". Usually information about included apps is provided in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar parts of setups. Nevertheless, users often leave those settings unchanged, by doing so they give a permission for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed together with intentionally downloaded and/or installed programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Quite often various Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial, shady pages, third party downloaders, installers and other channels of this kind are monetized by using them as tools to distribute PUAs or even malicious apps. Therefore, it is not safe to use them. Files and programs should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct links. Also, download and installation setups often have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" that mention offers download and/or install various PUAs. Such offers should be declined before completing downloads and installations. Advertisements that appear on questionable, shady pages tend to be designed to open other websites of this kind or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, such ads should not be trusted/clicked. If there are any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and/or plug-ins installed on a browser, then they should be uninstalled. Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with DPS Websafe, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting DPS Websafe browser hijacker:
Notification saying that DPS Websafe can read and change certain data (Chrome):
Notification saying that DPS Websafe access various data (Firefox):
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- What is DPS Websafe?
- STEP 1. Uninstall DPS Websafe application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove dpswebsafe.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove DPS Websafe browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove dpswebsafe.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove dpswebsafe.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
DPS Websafe browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "DPS Websafe"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the dpswebsafe.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
DPS Websafe browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://dpswebsafe.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "DPS Websafe".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dpswebsafe.com redirect, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "DPS Websafe" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "DPS Websafe", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.dpswebsafe.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "dpswebsafe.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dpswebsafe.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "DPS Websafe", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "DPS Websafe", remove hxxp://dpswebsafe.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with dpswebsafe.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the dpswebsafe.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove dpswebsafe.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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