The SearchSafe.co page is a typical browser hijacker that looks like a simple search engine. Some people may consider it as a legit service, but this page installs without your permission and changes your browser settings. It is advised to remove such page completely and protect your computer from possible reinfection in the future.
There are various installation techniques that cyber criminals are using to spread their malicious programs. Among these methods, there are bundles, wrapped downloaders, viral advertisements, redirects, spam messaging through forums and other methods like that. Also, hackers are promoting SearchSafe.co page as a normal website to fool users and make them use this page.
Whenever user fails to avoid the installation of a browser hijacker, the viral page like SearchSafe.co will start to appear in your browser. It happens because some browser settings were changed to make it show this page. Usually, hijackers set their URLs in options like “Home page” and default searching provider. But besides that, they are able to add parameters in browser shortcuts. You can see the specified URL in shortcut properties and your browser will redirect all home page on this specific page.
Even though this page looks like a normal searching provider, the owners of this website are cyber criminals who are using it for their malicious purposes. Pages like that are able to track users and information of them, like IP addresses and search queries. Cyber criminals can use this information to improve their malware or make money on selling this info to other people. This is why you should remove SearchSafe.co hijacker from your browser as soon as possible and prevent the possible reinfection in the future. Follow the removal instruction below to do that.
SearchSafe.co hijacker removal tool:
Removal guide for SearchSafe.co hijacker:
STEP 1. Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware:
Download the installation file and click “Install“.
STEP 2. Perform a scan for SearchSafe.co hijacker:
Start GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Scan” tab – click “Quick Scan“. If you start program for the first time, this tab will be selected by default and “Quick Scan” will be launched automaticly.
STEP 3. Apply actions to detected items:
When scanning process is over, select “Move to quarantine” in top right corner and click “Apply” at the bottom.
NOTE: It is advised to check the box in bottom left corrner “Create Restore Point“. This will allow you to return to that point in your system, befor our program removed detected files.
STEP 4. Reset your browser settings:
NOTE: We advise you to save your data in all active browser windows, this step will close all sessions!
Go to “Tools” tab – click “Reset Browser Settings“. In the first column, you need to choose your internet browser that is infected with SearchSafe.co hijacker. In second column, we advise you to choose “Start page” and “Search engines” options. But you may correct them as you wish. If you don’t know what to choose, then follow our advice.
STEP 5. Turn on On-Run Protection:
Go to “Protection” tab and click “Start” button. This will turn on a “On-Run Protection” in GridinSoft Anti-malware. When this feature enabled, our program will prevent malicious activities on your computer. If some malware or adware will try to install itself on your computer – it will be immediatly blocked by our program.
Here is a video on how to remove hijackers (and not only!) with GridinSoft Anti-Malware:
Prevention tips on how to avoid being reinfected with SearchSafe.co hijacker:
- Don’t click on any advertisements on the web! You can be redirected on a potentially viral or phishing page.
- Don’t download or open any files from your email! Millions of malicious files are spreading through email spam messaging, open attached files only if you absolutely sure in who sent this message.
- Avoid suspicious website! Cyber criminals are created whole website to fool users and make them download malicious and bundled program from there.
- Use anti-malware software!
- Perform a scan at least once a week! In GridinSoft Anti-Malware you can do it automaticly by setting up a scheduled scan.
- Don’t install or download files from shady and unreliable websites! This one is important, more than 50% of infected users were infected with such scam.
If you still have any questions or your problem wasn’t solved – submit a ticket to our friendly support team.