What is Safe Browse App?
Developed by Intriguing Apps, Safe Browse App is a rogue browser plug-in claiming to protect Internet browsing by blocking malware and spyware infections. While this browser add-on may seem useful and legitimate, be aware that the Safe Browse App is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.
This PUP employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Safe Browse App generates numerous intrusive online advertisements including pop-up, interstitial, banner, coupon, targeted video ads, and offers to download other PUPs also considered to be adware.
There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, Safe Browse App continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information such as search terms entered into search engines (Google, Bing, etc.), URLs visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, geographic locations, and other details that may be personally identifiable.
There are many rogue browser add-ons similar to Safe Browse App including, for example, Protect Surf, Browse Secure, Web Safeguard, and so on. Neither Safe Browse App, nor any of these other applications add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
The behavior of these PUPs may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Safe Browse App from your Internet browsers.
At time of research, Safe Browse App was distributed via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) and other adware-type applications such as Browser Guardian, Coupon Server, Solid Savings, and other savings and coupons related adware.
Safe Browse App is also distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, download.com, softonic.com, and so on. Download managers are used by these websites as a free service monetization tool, since they offer installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and clicking 'Decline' when installation of any additional programs is offered.
If you are installing downloaded software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
Internet users who have already installed Safe Browse App, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, should read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Safe Browse App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Safe Browse App ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Safe Browse App advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Safe Browse App from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Safe Browse extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Safe Browse App 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 "Safe Browse App" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, Safe Browse App ads were generated by various coupon ads-displaying adware), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Safe Browse App ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Safe Browse App adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Safe Browse App", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Safe Browse App ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the safe browse app adware, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Safe Browse App", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Safe Browse App ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you are unable to remove Safe Browse App (or any other add-on) and it is greyed-out ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the safe browse app adware, 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", in the opened window remove "Safe Browse App". Note that Safe Browse App ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with safe browse app adware 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 safe browse app adware, 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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