SafetySearch is yet another dubious application that was crafted by Smart Apps. This dubious developer also published applications like Coupon Waterfall, Ads by Atomic Savings, Deal Dropper, Savings Hunter, Dealfox, and many others. All of them including SafetySearch should be removed from your system ASAP. SafetySearch is an application that is advertised as a tool that will protect you from potentially malicious websites while you browse the web. In reality, SafetySearch will do nothing like that. It will display various useless adverts that could even be potentially malicious. It is nothing more than a worthless adware application and should be removed without hesitation. Removal guide and further information about the infection are provided within the report.
Although SafetySearch does have an official website, it is important to note that the direct download button for their software does not work. Once you try to click on the download button you are presented with a pop-up message telling you that the application is down for maintenance. Unfortunately, reports show that quite a few users are getting infected despite this fact. Therefore, it was concluded that just like so many other adware applications SafetySearch is being distributed via bundled software.
Most users get infected because they download software from unofficial third-party hosting websites. Installers promoted in websites like that are, more often than not, loaded with additional applications. The best way to avoid getting infected in this dubious way is to avoid any potentially unsafe website and download everything from official ones.
Just like the majority of adware applications once SafetySearch is on your system it will install extensions to web browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. It allows the application to display numerous useless commercial adverts and annoying pop-ups while you browse the web. But that is not the worst case.
Oftentimes SafetySearch comes bundled with BenchUpdater – an application that acts like an adware helper. This adware helper makes an important change within the Windows hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts). The Windows hosts file can be used in a different way. In this case, the change made by the adware helper promotes various ads and pop-ups. Also it connects to a remote adware server in order to update SafetySearch. It is possible that this particular adware is not only able to update but also could be capable of restoring itself. That means that SafetySearch could restore itself after you removed it incompletely. Therefore, it is obvious that a thorough removal of SafetySearch is a must.
Although the removal process is not that tricky, it is important to make sure that SafetySearch is removed completely for reasons mentioned earlier. Furthermore, it is important to remove applications like SafetySearch because often they could be used as a gateway to insert further infections on your PC that could be much more dangerous. If you wish to remove SafetySearch completely, it is advised to use a reliable antimalware tool for that.
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