SafeSearch is a search engine and a toolbar that arrives on your PC via freeware applications. It is very common for computer programs to come bundled together. Sometimes users do not even realize that they install something like SafeSearch on their computers themselves. That is why this browser plugin is often considered to be a browser hijacker. Users are bound to think like that, because if they install a full version of SafeSearch, their home page and default search engine get changes to safesearch.net. Some users consider it close to browser hijacking, but the truth is that you install this browser plugin yourself.
If a user is attentive during the installation process, he will definitely notice when the installation wizard asks whether he or she wants to installation the additional features of the application as well:
Install SafeSearch Toolbar
You can also make SafeSearch default homepage and search engine for Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome browsers
Make SafeSearch my default search engine
Made SafeSearch my homepage
If a user does not un-tick these options presented on the installation wizard, then his/her home page and default search engine do get changed.
SafeSearch browser plugin presents itself as a unique search engine that can filter dangerous websites and other corrupted pages that could pose risk to your system security. The About section on the official website at safesearch.net claims that there are more than one factor according to which the websites are being evaluated - it includes child safety, vendor reliability, opinions, privacy issues and ratings.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
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