Ads by Safe Browsing

Also Known As: Safe Browsing adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Safe Browsing removal instructions

What is Safe Browsing?

Safe Browsing is a deceptive application claiming to improve Internet browsing safety by blocking various malicious attacks - "Safe Browsing This browser application is designed to secure your browser, while surfing the internet". Some users may believe that this app is legitimate and useful, however, Safe Browsing is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. One of the reasons for these negative associations is stealth installation - Safe Browsing infiltrates systems without users' permission. After successful installation, this adware delivers intrusive online advertisements and gathers various Internet browsing-related information.

Safe Browsing adware

This PUP collects the following data: geographic location, time zone, language settings, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, operating system and browser types, default search providers, and browsing details (websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.). This information might contain personally identifiable information, which is sold to third party companies who can misuse it to generate revenue, thus, resulting in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Furthermore, Safe Browsing generates a number of intrusive online advertisements. Although this app claims to protect systems, the advertisements generated can redirect to infectious sites - clicking them might cause high-risk adware or malware infections. The ads are displayed using a virtual layer and conceal visited website content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. If you are concerned with your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall this PUP immediately.

Safe Browsing has similar characteristics to other regular adware including Tiny Media Player, Super Media Converter, Temperature Scout, and RecommendationBox. These claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, adware-type applications are designed solely to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing useful functionality, these apps generate advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collect personally identifiable information (which is later shared with third parties to generate revenue).

How did Safe Browsing install on my computer?

Although Safe Browsing adware is available for download on its official website, many users install this application inadvertently. The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of PUPs with regular software/apps), and therefore, Safe Browsing often infiltrates systems without users' consent. Many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software - they rush these processes and skip most/all steps. For this reason, developers conceal apps such as Safe Browsing within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By skipping this section, users often install PUPs without their knowledge.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent infiltration of adware-type apps, be attentive when downloading and installing software. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options during these processes - this will enable you to opt-out of any third party applications listed for installation. The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush when downloading and installing software.

Quick menu:

Safe Browsing adware 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.

Safe Browsing adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Safe Browsing", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Safe Browsing 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 Safe Browsing adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Safe Browsing did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Safe Browsing ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Safe Browsing ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the safe browsing 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.

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 Safe Browsing  ads 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Safe Browsing ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the safe browsing adware, 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 Safe Browsing 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 Safe Browsing ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with safe browsing adware 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 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

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

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 didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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