Safestsearches.com removal instructions
What is safestsearches.com?
Safestsearches.com is a dubious website claiming to be an Internet search engine. It is promoted via WebDiscover, which is a deceptive chromium-based web browser, supposedly improving the Internet browsing experience. These false claims often trick users into believing that WebDiscover is a legitimate app. In fact, it is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are several reasons for these negative associations. Firstly, WebDiscover usually infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, this PUP causes unwanted browser redirects, delivers intrusive online advertisements, and continually monitors browsing activity.
WebDiscover continually redirects users to safestsearches.com without their consent. Furthermore, WebDiscover generates intrusive online advertisements that often overlay website content. By constantly causing unwanted redirects and displaying content-concealing advertisements, WebDiscover significantly diminishes the Internet browsing experience. The displayed ads might redirect to malicious websites and, thus, clicking them can lead to further adware or malware infections. Both safestsearches.com and WebDiscover gather information relating to users' web browsing activity including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and search queries - these are just some examples from many data types gathered by this website and associated adware. Initially, this data may seem insignificant, however, it could include personally identifiable details that are shared with third party companies (who often misuse private details to generate revenue). Therefore, data tracking can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are continually redirected to safestsearches.com, uninstall the WebDiscover browser immediately and never return to this site.
There are dozens of dubious chromium-based browsers falsely claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience. As with WebDiscover, browsers such as Wind, Mustang, WebVeil, and Kometa also claim to be legitimate, however, by giving fake promises, these programs attempt to trick users to install. In fact, applications such as WebDiscover deliver no real value for users. Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers by causing unwanted browser redirects, tracking Internet browsing activity, and continually delivering intrusive online advertisements. Furthermore, safestsearches.com is a fake Internet search engine - it does not improve the Internet browsing experience.
How did safestsearches.com browser hijacker install on my computer?
Although, WebDiscover has an official download website, many users install this application inadvertently. This is due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of PUPs with regular software. The developers know that many users do not express enough caution during the download and installation processes and intentionally hide bundled programs within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings. Many users skip this section, often leading to inadvertent installation of bogus applications such as WebDiscover.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush the download or installation processes. Closely analyze these stages using the 'Custom/Advanced' settings and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Bundled software is often malicious and should, therefore, never be installed.
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- What is safestsearches.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove unwanted plugins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove unwanted extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SafestSearches.com browser hijacker removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "WebDiscover Browser 2.79.2", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes safestsearches.com ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webdiscover 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webdiscover 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with webdiscover 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 webdiscover 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove webdiscover adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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