Have you found that you cannot delete Safesurfs.net no matter how many times you change the start page URL on your Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox browser? Well, this is because this strange browser hijacker does not actually modify the homepage of your browser. Instead, it changes the Target by including its own URL (http://safesurfs.com/?ssid=1444318045&a=1008179) to greet you every time you launch your browser. This infection, although not extremely complicated, is a challenge to most of its victims. Well, it is not unique, and we have seen quite a few hijackers of its kind, including Buuble.net and Jyhjyy.top. Due to our experience with these threats, we know exactly how you should approach this infection. If you keep reading, you will learn everything we know about this threat. Keep note of any questions that might come up, and post them in the comments section below if you want answers.
Safesurfs.net comes from the same group of malware as foryourweb.net, trustedsurf.com, esurf.biz, and houmpage.com hijackers. These infections are usually spread by malicious installers. If it was not enough that these threats could be installed silently, without permission, they could also be installed along with other malicious threats. In the worst case scenario, the malicious installers spreading this threat could introduce Trojans, data-recording keyloggers, viruses, and all kinds of infections. Even PUPs and advertising-supported programs installed along with Safesurfs.net could be dangerous, which is why you need to be cautious about the software active on your PC. If you see anything suspicious, or if you discover a potential threat, immediately run a malware scanner to see if your operating system is infected. Needless to say, you can forget about the hijacker until you remove extremely malicious threats. Regardless, underestimating Safesurfs.net is a big mistake, and many computer users are guilty of that. This hijacker is often viewed as a harmless search tool, but that is not the case.
As our research has revealed, Safesurfs.net redirects all search queries to a third-party search engine, search.yahoo.com, which means that it does not serve as a search provider at all. What do you think about Yahoo Search? Do you think you can trust it? Sure, you can, but you should not trust the Yahoo search engine that is modified by a hijacker, which is exactly the case with Safesurfs.net. This infection modifies seemingly regular results to include sponsored links. Whether or not the developer of this hijacker has malicious intentions is unknown, but we can assure you that the risk of facing potentially unreliable links is real. Let’s say the tracking cookies employed by the hijacker record your history and share it with its partners – who, by the way, we do not know due to lack of legal information and, possibly, purposeful concealment – and they use this information to camouflage scams. For example, your recent search for malware removal software could be translated into an ad promoting a free malware remover that, in reality, is a malicious infection. This is just one of the possible scenarios.
The removal of Safesurfs.net is very simple, as all you need to do is modify the Target of the infected browser. The complicated part is detecting the shortcuts infected by this infection, as it might affect all of them, including the ones on the Desktop, Taskbar, or Start menu. Now, if you handle the situation successfully, the hijacker will not bother you again; unless, of course, you unknowingly let it in again. It is obvious that your system’s protection is weak; otherwise, this hijacker would not be present right now. Other threats would not stand a chance either. Speaking of other threats, have you identified them already using a reliable malware scanner? If you have not done so already, you should act quickly. Installing anti-malware software is an all-around great solution as it can reliably protect your PC while getting rid of all already existing treats. Keep this in mind while removing the hijacker.