isearch.safefinder.net Virus

Also Known As: SafeFinder Smartbar by Linkury
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Moderate

isearch.safefinder.net virus removal instructions

What is isearch.safefinder.net?

The isearch.safefinder.net browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) via free software downloads. Browser redirects to this website are caused by a potentially unwanted application called 'SafeSearch Smartbar' created by Linkury Inc. Internet users often install SafeSearch adware inadvertently without their consent when downloading and installing freeware. At time of research, this browser plugin was distributed using deceptive freeware 'download clients' and fake downloads. For example, fake Java updates or fake Internet browser updates. After successful infiltration, SafeSearch Smartbar modifies users' Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine fields to isearch.safefinder.net

isearch.safefinder.net redirect virus

Developers of this add-on claim that it enhances users' Internet browsing experience by enabling quick website translations, content sharing, and notifications regarding malicious websites. While such functionality may seem legitimate, computer users should be aware that SafeSearch Smartbar is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. This browser settings-changing adware is also known to track users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, web pages visited, and other information. This monitoring can lead to privacy issues and identity theft. SafeSearch Smartbar is not technically a virus or malware, however, it is browser settings-changing adware, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.

The isearch.safefinder.net browser hijacker is similar to other browser settings-changing adware, which infiltrates Internet browsers through free software downloads. Examples include Trovigo.comsweetpacks.com, and Yahoo toolbar. The Internet search engine used by this browser hijacker returns dubious results and clicking on these can result in installation of additional adware or even malware infections. To avoid installation of browser settings-changing plug-ins such as these, express caution when downloading and installing free software. Today, most free software download websites use 'download clients' offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software, and therefore, it is important to inspect each download step and opt out of adware installation by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal installation of any bundled adware. Computer users who experience browser redirects to isearch.safefinder.net should use this removal guide to eliminate this browser hijacker from their Internet browser/s.

isearch.safefinder.net browser hijacker installer:

isearch.safefinder.net browser hijacker installer

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Quick menu:

isearch.safefinder.net virus removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

SafeFinder Smartbar by Linkury uninstall using Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for "SafeFinder Smartbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes browser redirects to the isearch.safefinder.net website) scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

isearch.safefinder.net homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Internet Explorer extensions

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for the "SafeFinder Smartbar" and "SafeFinder SmartbarEngine", select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Internet Explorer homepage

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove feed.safefinder.net 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:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Internet Explorer default search engine settings

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "Web Search" (feed.safefinder.net).

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the safefinder smartbar by linkury, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "SafeFinder", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over feed.safefinder.net and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Google Chrome default search engine settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Web" (isearch.safefinder.net) and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the safefinder smartbar by linkury, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "SafeFinder".

Change your homepage:

Removing isearch.safefinder.net from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click "Firefox", then select "Options", in the opened window remove feed.safefinder.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change 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: "isearch.safefinder.net"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with safefinder smartbar by linkury 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)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove safefinder smartbar by linkury from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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kidsultra

thankfully i got rid of this smarbar by using ur guide. its amazing!

pj

I can't get rid of this! Malwarebytes and hitman pro did not find it. I've gone thru the registry. Where can this be hiding!!