There is practically no day without a new questionable search engine like Search.safensearch.com showing up on the web and in your browsers as well. Many computer users may ignore such a malware infection and do not consider it a threat. However, we are here to tell you what we have found and why we label this infection as a browser hijacker. Of course, this malware is not as deadly as a ransomware would be, but it can still put your system security at risk if you are not careful enough. Letting this browser hijacker on board could also infect your PC with a couple of other malware programs. Therefore, this may not be the only infection on your system. We recommend that you act now and remove Search.safensearch.com from your browsers as the first step. Then, you need to make sure that no malware infection remains on board if you would like to feel safe in your virtual world.
You may not understand how this browser hijacker managed to slither onto your system so let us shed some light on this matter. There is no mystical power behind this infection really. In fact, it is you who let this hijacker be installed even if you are not aware of it. How is this possible? Well, let us say that you are looking for a free application to download. You run a web search with Google and click on one of the first links on the results page. Guess what! You may land on a fake file-sharing website that is run by cyber criminals. Obviously, you are not the only person searching the web for free stuff. As a matter of fact, there could be hundreds of thousands of users on a daily basis. So you can imagine then how fruitful it is to set up malicious sites disguised as file-sharing pages that always have what you are looking for just a click away.
However, when you click on one of the four mostly fake download buttons or any of the annoying and unsafe third-party ads you will not download a stand-alone file that you requested, but instead, a malicious software package that could contain a bunch of malware threats, such as fake alerts, adware apps, browser hijackers, Trojans, and potentially unwanted applications as well, on top of the targeted free software. When you are installing this bundle, it is possible that you are informed about the browser setting changes in the form of checkboxes; however, if you fail to untick them, you will let this hijacker on board along with other malware programs. These checkboxes could be hidden and only revealed when you choose the custom or advanced installation options. We hope that you see now why it is important that you do not delete Search.safensearch.com alone.
Another possibility for you to be introduced to such questionable third-party ads is to have adware infections on your system. It is possible that you let such malware programs on board formerly and these display all kinds of unreliable ads while you are surfing the web. If you have noticed such a flow of annoying banner and pop-up ads, you are better off scanning your system ASAP after you delete Search.safensearch.com.
At first sight this browser hijacker may look like any other reliable and reputable search engine page. However, this search page may display unreliable third-party ads on its main page, which makes it a bit more of a threat than your usual browser hijackers. If you click on this ad, there is no guarantee that you will end up on a reliable website. If you are unlucky, you may either drop an infection or open a new tab or a new window with a malicious site ready to scam you. The same is true for the search results. This search engine belongs to the minority that use their own search engine instead of redirecting to reputable third-party search engines, including Google, Yahoo, and Bing. These results can contain unreliable third-party ads and links. Since this hijacker may collect information about your online activities, it is possible that you will see ads and links to websites that seemingly match your preferences, interests, and likes. Unfortunately, this may as well be a trap. If you happen to click on an unsafe ad or link coming from cyber criminals, you may be redirected to a fake online shop or any other malicious website that can scam you. This could mean losing your money as well as your personally identifiable details. If you do not want to go through such ordeals, we recommend that you delete Search.safensearch.com from your browsers right now.
In order for you to get rid of this annoying and unreliable browser hijacker, you need to change the home page settings in the affected browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome. Please follow our guide below if you want to quickly put an end to this infection. You can easily take care of this threat even if you are not an advanced computer user. However, you may have problems with identifying the rest of the malware infections that could be hiding on your system. Therefore, we advise you to find and install a powerful malware removal application that will automatically take care of all your system security-related issues.