What’s that? I am chatting with my friend online. However, just with a sudden, an ad pops up and asks me to download an adware program named SafetySearch. Just as usual, I click on the Download button without thinking twice, and then I download this rogue program by mistake. After I realize that this program is a potential unwanted program, I want to uninstall it from my computer. Unfortunately, I failed to uninstalled this program even thought I have tried all the security tools installed on my computer. It is so suck for me! What should I do now? How to get rid of this headachy program out of my computer? Help, help, please help !
SafetySearch is a malicious adware which is also categorized as a kind of browser hijacker. This kind of nasty adware can invade your computer as a browser add-on which will generate lots of pop-ups and inline-text ads. These automatically added ads can make profit by utilizing payment for clicking each link of commercials and even redirect you to other dangerous domains. This vicious program is designed by cyber hackers to pretend as a good program which is stated to safeguard your computer system from being hacked by malicious websites and by doing in this way that it can decrease the risk rate of your computer being infected by malwares. However, to be contrary to what it states, this rogue program is actually another kind of adware application program which will chock up your screen with many unwanted commercial advertisements and pop-ups. How a cunning adware program it is! What it really does on your computer is not to protect your computer while you are surfing the Internet, but to be a bog threat to your system security since what it displays on your screen could be vicious content. So, it is highly advisable to clear this fake program away from your computer without any delay, or you’ll regret later for leaving this malicious program on your computer with the passage of time.
Once this malicious program installs into your computer system, it will add extensions to all web browsers on your computer, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, etc. Numerous commercial advertisements and pop-ups will be provided by this annoying program from these extensions while you are going on the Internet. To describe its risk much clearer: it is that all these ads might not only be spreading, but also be potential risky threat to your computer system for that some of them maybe include redirect links to suspicious and dangerous websites. Some of these ads may be associated with malicious links and could be conducted with an exploit which is known as arbitrary code execution. This exploit may be able to permit dubious distributors to gather lots of malwares within their websites, and how this malware gets into computer is that once computer users visit these websites and then the installation of the malware begins to automatically invade the targeted computer without the computer user’s knowledge. To be honest, the mainly problem is that what kind of vicious applications may be hosted within that website is impossible to judge because it can be any kind of infection like Trojan, Rootkits, Keyloggers, etc. Thus, in order to prevent your computer suffering any kind of these infections, you should take measure to remove SafetySearch from your computer by manual as soon as you can.
1. It will change your registry settings and other important windows system files.
2. It can cause a complete computer crash.
3. It contains trojan and keyloggers which can be used to steal sensitive data like passwords, credit card, bank account information etc.
4. It might generate other unwanted adware programs which can be installed secretly and automatically.
5. It will display pop-ups which recommend fake updates or other software.
6. Commercial advertisements will pop up when you are browsing.
Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by SafetySearch. Since this rogue program is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete this malicious hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!
SafetySearch adware hijacks your system and redirect you to some suspicious websites. Lots of ads and pop-ups will be displayed on your monitor while you are going online. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of SafetySearch
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end SafetySearch’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to SafetySearch through Registry Editor Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
From the above paragraph, you should have a clear concept about this rogue program. It is an adware program which is usually bundled with other free programs which you download from the Internet, and some suspicious websites. Once you download these free programs or visits these website pages, your computer could be infected by this malicious program due to your innocent online behaviors. If your computer is suffering being infecting by this program, you should take actions to uninstall this program from your system immediately before it makes further damage on your computer system. Please note that if you are not familiar with the skill of computer repair, you should turn to Yoocare online expert for manual removing this rogue program from your computer right now!
Suggestion: The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by & last updated on September 28, 2014 1:01 pm