What is Safer-Surf?
Developed by Revizer Technologies Ltd, Safer-Surf is a browser add-on claiming to prevent children from entering websites containing adult content. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be aware that this software is considered to be a rogue browser extension.
Safer-Surf is compatible with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration, Safer-Surf generates various intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, sponsored link, and shopping deal ads.
Furthermore, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this rogue browser add-on records various personally identifiable information such as IP and MAC addresses, locations, hardware information, default search engines, search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar details.
This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues, identity theft, or malware infections. To protect children from entering adult websites, use legitimate anti-virus or anti-spyware software (which includes parental controls), rather than unidentified browser extensions.
To avoid installation of unwanted browser toolbars and rogue plug-ins, which may cause intrusive online advertisements or redirects to potentially dangerous websites, Internet users should pay close attention during the download and installation of free software - closely observe each step of the process and decline permission for changes to your browser settings.
Although Safer-Surf is not directly linked to malware or virus infections, there is a high probability that ads caused by this rogue browser add-on are infective. Therefore you are strongly advised to remove this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browsers.
Most potentially unwanted applications such as Safer-Surf install together with the free software downloaded from freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others.
Furthermore, most current freeware download websites employ small programs called 'download clients' to monetize their free services by offering installation of promoted browser extensions together with the chosen free software. In most cases, careless download and installation of freeware leads to adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step when downloading freeware and clicking the 'Decline' button when installation of additional programs is offered. When installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options and opt-out of installation of any additional applications.
If you have already installed Safer-Surf, and observe random intrusive online advertisements when surfing the Internet, follow this removal guide to eliminate Safe-Surf adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in Safer-Surf adware distribution:
Safer-Surf adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by Safer-Surf'):
SaferSurf potentially unwanted application generates ads from the following sources: Dealply, Superfish, Jollywallet, Text Enhance, GetDeal, Daily Offer Service, IRobinhood, PriceSparrow, and CouponBuddy.
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- What is Safer-Surf?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Safer-Surf application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Safer-Surf plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove Safer-Surf extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Safer-Surf extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Safer-Surf adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
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:
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:
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:
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 "Safer-Surf", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Safer-Surf ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Safer-Surf adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Safer-Surf", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by safer-surf, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Safer-Surf".
Computer users who have problems with ads by safer-surf 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by safer-surf, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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