Remove Safe Surf FinderDaemon from Mac

Safe Surf FinderDaemon is a Mac application that works on browser programs like Safari or Google Chrome. Unfortunately, this one is not recommendable to install. Based on the looks of its icon, we can clearly see its resemblance to other potentially unwanted applications like Ryderd, GlobalProcesserfld, and ActivityCachefld. Safe Surf FinderDaemon is certainly part of this adware family that is endorsed as an improvement tool for internet programs. The reason these apps were barred from the list of upright browser extensions is their use of force in order to gain access to Mac computers.

Installation of Safe Surf FinderDaemon

The use of software bundling hoax is the top contributor to the widespread campaign of the Safe Surf FinderDaemon adware. There are already a number of freeware and shareware that are now actively hosted on different online platforms, like file-sharing websites, torrent portals, and cracked software sites. The majority of this freeware now holds Safe Surf FinderDaemon or any suspicious app for that matter. Installing the free app on a Mac computer yields the installation of an embedded potentially unwanted application (PUA) like Safe Surf FinderDaemon. Unfortunately, the setup process is discreet. Mac users are totally ignorant of this intrusion, and therefore, they have no time to react by blocking the entry of this adware.

Other ways that attackers are using to deploy Safe Surf FinderDaemon include cracked software where it is embedded too and malicious advertisements that are usually in disguise as crucial software updates.

Screenshot of Safe Surf FinderDaemon

The “Safe Surf FinderDaemon will damage your computer” alert

After successful installation of Safe Surf FinderDaemon on Mac computers and when it is active, users may experience changes in the browser operation. For one, there will be an unwanted modification to search settings where this adware appoints a new search provider. In addition, unusual pop-ups and redirects persistently appear on internet programs that intend to influence web users to visit other malicious sites. Thus, the affected internet software may display a warning that “Safe Surf FinderDaemon will damage your computer.”

As a PUA, the Safe Surf FinderDaemon app is capable of tracking web browsing data and logging sensitive information, including usernames, passwords, contact details, and IP addresses. Clearly, having the Safe Surf FinderDaemon app on the computer can lead to privacy theft, and therefore, immediate removal of this adware is recommended.

How do I secure my Mac from this adware?

When talking about computer security, nothing beats the protection that can be drawn from having effective anti-virus software. Aside from regular updates, these security apps provide technical support for their clients. The real-time scanning guards Mac computers from malicious internet traffic, and therefore, the downloading of adware or malware is often thwarted. Moreover, anti-virus programs were designed to block the execution of any dubious files locally, so even if the sources of threats are removable drives and discs, they will initiate fully on the protected computer.

Procedures to Remove Safe Surf FinderDaemon from Mac

This area contains comprehensive procedures to help you remove adware and potentially unwanted program from the computer. Guide on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Step 1 : - Scan the Mac Computer with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of malicious browser hijacker like Safe Surf FinderDaemon.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing Safe Surf FinderDaemon.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner Dashboard

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 2 : Delete Safe Surf FinderDaemon from Mac Applications

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find Safe Surf FinderDaemon or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag Safe Surf FinderDaemon to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Next, go to the Dock, right-click on the Trash icon, and click on Empty Trash.

Step 3 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to Safe Surf FinderDaemon

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to Safe Surf FinderDaemon. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the Safe Surf FinderDaemon Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Find Safe Surf FinderDaemon or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.


Remove Malicious Extension from Safari

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. On the top menu, click Safari > Settings or Preferences.

3. The Safari settings window will open. Please select the Extensions tab.

Screenshot of Safari Extension Removal

4. Locate the suspicious extension and click the Uninstall button to remove it from Safari.

5. You may now close the window and restart Safari.

Microsoft Edge

Remove Safe Surf FinderDaemon from Microsoft Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

2. Input or copy and paste the following string in the address bar. Press press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Edge Extension on Mac

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for Safe Surf FinderDaemon from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal - Mac

4. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the Safe Surf FinderDaemon Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to Safe Surf FinderDaemon and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Step 4 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed Safe Surf FinderDaemon

1. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar, please select Go > Go to Folder.

2. Input the following string and press Enter on the keyboard.


Screenshot of Go To Folder

3. You will now see a hidden folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.Safe Surf FinderDaemon.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

4. The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may use the following file names:

- Safe Surf FinderDaemon, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing Safe Surf FinderDaemon to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files.

5. Please click on "Show items as..."

Screenshot of LaunhAgents Folder

6. To arrange the items in chronological order, click Date Modified.

7. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files, as you may also delete the same item in another folder as we go on.

8. Please restart the Mac computer.

9. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and paste the following string to easily locate the folder:

~/Library/Application Support

Screenshot of Go to Folder

10. Select any suspicious items that you have noted previously. Drag them to the Trash.

11. Repeat the process in the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/Application Support

12. Lastly, go to your Finder > Go and open the Applications folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- Safe Surf FinderDaemon

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove the locked file that belongs to Safe Surf FinderDaemon homepage hijacker.

Step 5 : Double-check with Malwarebytes for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes for Mac from the link below.

2. Locate the downloaded Malwarebytes-Mac.pkg and install it with the default settings.

3. Run Malwarebytes for Mac. It will check for updates and download the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including Safe Surf FinderDaemon.

4. Once you are on the Malwarebytes dashboard, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Screenshot of Malwarebytes Dashboard

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes for Mac will display a list of identified threats, and Safe Surf FinderDaemon is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click the Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 6 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove Safe Surf FinderDaemon from the Homepage and Search of Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Chrome Settings

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Screenshot of Chrome Startup

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions (3-dot icon), and select Edit.

5. Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing Safe Surf FinderDaemon. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Default Search

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Engine Address Bar

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to Safe Surf FinderDaemon are gone.


Get Rid of Safe Surf FinderDaemon from Safari's Homepage and Search

1. Open your Safari browser.

2. Go to the Safari Menu located in the upper left-hand corner, and then select Settings or Preferences.

3. In the General tab, remove the Safe Surf FinderDaemon item or unwanted URL from the Homepage section. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Screenshot of Safari Home Settings

4. Next, be sure that the "New windows open with" and "New tabs open with" fields are set to "Homepage".

5. Please click on the Search tab, and in the "Search engine" section, select Google or any valid search engine.

Screenshot of Safari Search Settings

6. You may now restart the Safari browser.

Microsoft Edge

Remove Safe Surf FinderDaemon from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your Mac computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Edge Homepage Settings on Mac

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of Safe Surf FinderDaemon.

Screenshot of Edge for Mac Default Homepage

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge for Mac.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete Safe Surf FinderDaemon from the Homepage and Search of Firefox.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your Mac computer.

2. Type the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:


3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Screenshot of Firefox Homepage Settings

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace Safe Surf FinderDaemon settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Search Settings

7. Under the Default Search Engine list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Screenshot of Deleting Search

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox for Mac.

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