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How to remove Safety Shield malware

Also Known As: Safety Shield virus
Type: Trojan
Damage level: Medium

What kind of software is Safety Shield?

Safety Shield is a malicious application designed to open various websites. We discovered this malware after downloading an installer from a fake website supposedly offering cracks for various software. The installer distributing Safety Shield may also contain other unwanted software.

Safety Shield malware running in the Task Manager

Safety Shield in detail

Safety Shield forces a web browser to open various websites. There is a high chance that Safety Shield can open malicious pages, various scams, websites used to distribute adware, browser hijackers, and other unwanted apps. Opened pages may also display deceptive ads or be designed to extract sensitive information.

Safety Shield may have additional capabilities (e.g., it may be designed to collect information, display ads, etc.). It is worth mentioning that Safety Shield has no graphic user interface (it cannot be interacted with). It runs in the system background and can be found in Task Manager running as "safety_shield_uz5d6pmg58fqqxqz" (its process name may vary).

Threat Summary:
Name Safety Shield virus
Threat Type Harmful software
Detection Names (Installer) Avast (Win32:PWSX-gen [Trj]), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Jaik.49613), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (UDS:Backdoor.Win32.Manuscrypt.gen), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/AgentTesla!ml), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Application) Avast (Win32:AdwareX-gen [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericKD.39630853), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Adware.CsdiMonetize.L), Kaspersky (UDS:Trojan.Multi.GenericML.xnet), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Sehyioa.A!cl), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A browser opens various websites
Distribution Methods Deceptive websites hosting fake software cracks
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections, opened untrustworhty websites.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Safety Shield in general

Safety Shield is a malicious application that forces users to visit various web pages. It is distributed using deceptive websites (fake installers). Installers used to distribute Safety Shield may contain other unwanted apps. Either way, it is highly advisable to remove Safety Shield from the affected computers as soon as possible.

How did Safety Shield install on my computer?

Safety Shield is distributed via websites offering to download software cracks. It installs through a "Crack Installer". Other deceptive installers may be used to distribute Safety Shield too. It is worth mentioning that software of this kind can be distributed via shady ads, various P2P networks, other deceptive pages, third-party downloaders, etc.

How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?

Do not download files/software from various cracked software download pages (or pages hosting software cracks). Use official pages and direct links as sources for downloading files and programs. Also, do not trust advertisements appearing on dubious pages or allow such pages to show notifications.

Check downloaders/installers for unwanted apps before downloading/installing software. Typically, when software is bundled with unwanted apps, it has "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings in its downloader/installer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website used to trick users into downloading the installer for Safety Shield:

safety shield malware fake crack website promoting malicious installer

Fake installer used to distribute Safety Shield:

safety shield malware installer

Safety Shield's installation folder:

safety shield malware installation folder

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Safety Shield adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Safety Shield  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Safety Shield ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the safety shield virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Safety Shield ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Safety Shield ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with safety shield virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the biggest issues that malware can cause?

It depends on the type of malware. In most cases, having a computer infected with malware causes problems such as monetary loss, data encryption, identity theft, and other issues.

What is the purpose of Safety Shield?

It is known that this application can open various websites. However, it may have additional functionality (it may function as a browser hijacker, adware, or more harmful software).

How did Safety Shield infiltrate my computer?

This program is distributed via a fake installer promoted on a deceptive page offering to download various software cracks. It installs after completing the installation steps in a fake installer.

Will Combo Cleaner protect me from malware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner can detect and remove almost all known malware. Computers infected with high-end malware must be scanned using a full scan option. Otherwise, antivirus software will not be able to detect malware that hides deep in the operating system.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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