Remove SrchSafe Hijacker

By | Posted on November 26, 2016 | Updated on November 28, 2016

SrchSafe is deemed as potentially unwanted program. It can gain access on the computer even without your authorization. Typically, it is packed to freeware that you may download from various hosts. When you install such program, SrchSafe and other adware may get installed on the computer without a notice.

If SrchSafe runs a discrete installation, user will see no sign of it until such time that it is fully integrated into the browser. This adware normally attacks known internet application such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. SrchSafe progresses on the computer as Extension or Add-on. Thus, this adware only affect internet applications.

Once installed, SrchSafe opens up as default search engine. It is obvious that these changes on the browser aim to control part of your search. As shown in the image below, it integrates various button and links on homepage for easy access to popular website.

SrchSafe seems to be a useful tool. However, some computer security experts are still in doubt of this program. Coming from the family of adware that also made dubious extensions such as Srch Protect, Search Encrypt, and many more, it is still safer to be more cautious when dealing with SrchSafe.

Default browser settings, homepage, and search tool is not our only concern with this adware. It may also endanger your online privacy. SrchSafe is capable of monitoring your online behavior and record your search queries and interests while surfing the net. Gathered data from your browser can be used for future marketing scheme to serve ads that are more significant to your online activities.

As you can see, it is not safe to have SrchSafe on your computer. If there is a need for you to get rid of this program, you can simply execute the guide we have outlined below.

srchsafe

Online Security Scanner Report for srchsafe.com:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Nov. 26, 2016
MCAfee Site Advisor Not yet rated Feedback: No data Nov. 26, 2016
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data Nov. 26, 2016

How to Remove SrchSafe

This section contains comprehensive guide to help you remove threats from the affected computer.

It is highly suggested that you carry out all the steps in exact manner to effectively get rid of malware.

Step 1 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall SrchSafe

The main cause of pop-up ads and coupons could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.

1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list. Alternatively, press Windows key + R on keyboard and run appwiz.cpl command.

2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.

uninstall-srchsafe

3. Look for and remove SrchSafe or Search Safe Search Engine entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.

4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.

Step 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to SrchSafe. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Step 3: Remove Adware Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted SrchSafe from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of SrchSafe on the affected browser.

Step 4: Remove SrchSafe Extension and Add-on

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with SrchSafe. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Remove SrchSafe from Google Chrome

Option 1 – Delete Malicious Extension from Chrome Browser

One way to remove SrchSafe from Google Chrome is simply to delete the Extension. Please follow these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type the following in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: chrome://extensions

3. On Extensions window, please delete SrchSafe by clicking on Trash icon.

4. Google Chrome will prompt for the confirmation of SrchSafe removal. Please click on Remove button to proceed.

5. You may now restart Chrome browser.

Option 2 – Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from SrchSafe. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. In the address bar please type the this string: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down, then click Show advanced settings

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset Settings section.

5. Click on Reset Settings button. If it prompts for confirmation, please click Reset to proceed.

Google Chrome Reset

This function will reset your home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by SrchSafe. Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data. You may also download Software Removal Tool from this page. A stand-alone reset tool from Google Chrome but with more advanced Adware scanner feature.

Remove SrchSafe from Firefox

Option 1 – Delete Add-on from Firefox Browser

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. On the address bar, type the following strings and press Enter on keyboard: about:addons

3. Under Add-ons Manager, look for SrchSafe and click associated Remove button. See image below for reference.

Delete SrchSafe Extension

4. Firefox will confirm your actions by clicking Yes. Please make sure that you have selected to Remove the home page and restore my previous setting.

5. You may now restart Firefox browser.

Option 2 – Refresh Mozilla Firefox

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to SrchSafe. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Reset Firefox to its default state. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Reset Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. SrchSafe should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

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