AdSafeProtected “Malware” Removal (Mac Guide) April 2019 Update

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In case you are wondering if AdSafeProtected is a computer virus or not, we suggest you stay on this page and read the information that our “How to remove” team has prepared. You will learn what a Browser hijacker is, how dangerous this kind of software can be, why AdSafeProtected is regarded as an app that falls under this software group and what it can do on your system. You will also learn how to remove this application from your computer and restore the previous settings of your Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Opera without risk for your machine.

AdSafeProtected is a browser component which may take control over your default browser and install some new homepage, toolbar, search engine or another potentially unwanted add-on inside the browser without your approval. It may also force your browser to generate various intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners and redirect you to various promotional pages. Fortunately, here we will tell you how to deal with all these changes and uninstall them so that they don’t disturb your normal web browsing anymore. So, if you are struggling with AdSafeProtected, make sure you read everything below and visit the Removal Guide at the end of the page.

What can AdSafeProtected do and can it harm your PC?

There is a big number of users who are quite confused about the nature of the Browser hijackers and their behavior. These applications are often referred to as “viruses” and are mistaken for some sort of dangerous malware. However, the truth is that most Hijackers are created with no intention of causing harm to the users’ computers and, therefore, they do not represent a direct threat to the system. Unlike real viruses such as, for example, Spyware, Worms, Trojans or Ransomware, the Hijackers’ primary purpose is to generate profit from Pay-Per-Click ads and sponsored website positioning. The creators of such applications actually use them to exploit such online marketing methods and to earn money by redirecting the web users to certain partner’s websites and offers. That’s why, applications like AdSafeProtected initiate automatic page-redirects and tend to force the users into clicking on various ads. Practically, such software does not have malicious scripts but, in some instances, it may be better to have it removed.

After all, few people would be fine with tolerating a never-ending stream of ads, pop-ups and various blinking banners on their screen. Such an activity may quickly create irritation and may prevent the users from browsing the web normally. What is more, letting a third-party application automatically redirect you to unfamiliar web pages may expose the machine to potential security hazards or make it more vulnerable. For this reason, our team believes that despite the fact that the Hijacker is not a direct security threat as serious as a Trojan horse or a Ransomware, it is better to have it uninstalled as a preventive measure.

How to protect your browser from getting hijacked again?

The people who create applications like AdSafeProtected use many different methods to ensure that their software gets installed onto as many computers as possible and generate as many sponsored ads as it can. This way, they can gain greater profits and can draw more traffic to their partners’ sites. That’s why, one of the most common ways to distribute Browser hijackers is to bundle them along with other attractive, free or popular software programs.

Normally, such applications can be found as “additional” or “optional” components inside the installation sets of various free optimization tools, games, audio or video players, automatic software updates as well as in torrents, spam, social network shares and freeware sites. Fortunately, as long as you are being careful when installing new applications, you will be able to effectively prevent the installation of any more Hijackers and similar ad-generating and page-redirecting software. For that, you have to pay attention to the installation process of every new setup, be it an update or an installation of a new application that you want to try. Always look for the so-called Advanced or Custom installation options and select them over the Standard/Quick ones. This way, you can easily see and manually disable applications such as AdSafeProtected from the menu that will open. Look for pre-selected checkmarks such as “I agree to make AdSafeProtected my primary homepage/search engine” or similar agreements which may be placed somewhere in the installation pack with small text. Remove anything that appears potentially unwanted and then continue with the normal installation as you usually would.


Name AdSafeProtected
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Automatic page redirects, generation of intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners, search engine or homepage modifications.
Distribution Method This program is mostly found as a free component in various software bundles, torrents, free download links, shareware, spam and ads. 
Detection Tool

AdSafeProtected “Malware” Removal


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

First, Force Quit Safari again.

Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.


Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.

The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Privacy in Safari

Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove AdSafeProtected From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove AdSafeProtected From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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