SafeWeb Virus

Also Known As: Safe Web App
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Moderate

SafeWeb virus removal instructions

What is SafeWeb?

The SafeWeb browser add-on claims to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by enabling comparison shopping and displaying special offers when users visit online shopping websites. While such functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that the SafeWeb plugin is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. The developers of this browser plugin use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', thus, many computer users install this browser add-on inadvertently without their consent. After successful infiltration, SafeWeb generates intrusive banner, interstitial, full-screen, and text link ads.

Safeweb app virus

Furthermore, this add-on tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording web pages visited, activity on these pages, impressions, clicks, and search terms. This information can be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of the SafeWeb browser plugin on your system can lead to identity theft. While this browser extension is not technically a virus or malware, it can lead to malware infections and serious privacy issues and you are advised to eliminate SafeWeb from your browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox). At time of research, this potentially unwanted application was distributed using deceptive free software 'installers', which trick computer users into installing this adware on their Internet browsers.

The SafeWeb App plugin is similar to other adware, which infiltrates browsers through free software downloads. Examples include CostMin, Shopping Helper Smartbar, and Quiknowledge. These browser extensions install on browsers when downloading or installing free software. While they claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience by adding various useful features, in fact, they add no real value. The main purpose of these browser plug-ins is to generate revenue from intrusive ads and user tracking. To avoid installation of such adware, be attentive when downloading and installing freeware. When downloading free software, inspect each step and decline installation of advertised browser extensions. When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any intended installation of bundled adware. Computer users who observe ads generated by SafeWeb should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browser/s.

Deceptive free software installer used to distribute SafeWeb App adware:

Free software installer used in safeweb app distribution

Quick menu:

SafeWeb 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.

Safeweb app uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Download keeper", "ss Supporter", "SW.Booster", and "YoutubeAdblocker", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs (which cause SafeWeb ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Remove SafeWeb virus from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing safeweb app from Internet Explorer step 1

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

Removing safeweb app from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the safe web app, 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 safeweb app from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Download keeper", "Keep Me", "ssafeweb", and "YoutubeAdblocker", select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing safeweb app from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the safe web app, 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

If any of the extensions you are trying to remove are greyed-out and you cannot remove them ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing safeweb app from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Download keeper", "ssafeweb", and "YoutubeAdblocker".

Removing safeweb app from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with safe web app 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 the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

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

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleMost commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove safe web app from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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