Dear Safari User
“Dear Safari User” is a message delivered by misleading sites designed to deceive visitors who have arrived on those sites by inadvertence – redirected by intrusive ads or potentially unwanted applications (PUA). Potentially unwanted applications typically penetrate systems without permission, causing redirects, delivering intrusive ads, and gathering sensitive information.
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The browser hijackers are intrusive apps with the ability to change the way browsers like Safari, Chrome and Firefox function. The main goal of an app of the hijacker category is to earn income through the application of different forms of online advertising. What most hijackers do in order to achieve this is they basically turn the targeted browser into an ad-generating platform. They may changes its homepage so that every time the browser is launched a certain site that the hijacker is supposed to promote gains more traffic. Also, the search engine service used as default by the browser may get replaced with some custom search tool that page-redirects the user to more sites that are advertised by the invasive app. The worst part is that the user doesn’t have any say in what the hijacker does to their browser – for the most part, you wouldn’t be given any control over the intrusive activities of this app, or over the changes it may make to the browsers. These are some of the reasons why this sort of software programs are regarded as undesirable and are categorized as PUPs/PUAs (potentially unwanted programs/applications).
Dear Safari User on iPhone
With “Dear Safari User” in your browsers, you are likely to experience a lot of aggressive advertising activities, and this may lead you to think that your device is in serious danger. However, while the browser hijackers like this one are certainly not the safest form of software, they are also not some insidious threats like Ransomware, Worms, and Spyware. In most cases, the irritation brought by these apps would be more than the actual risks they could expose your device to. Still, it’s advisable you don’t allow an app like “Dear Safari User” to stick around for too long, or you may indeed come to face some actual security problems.
The main danger related to this kind of apps is the possibility of getting redirected to sites with harmful content. It is possible that some of the advertising banners, pop-ups, and box messages could be linked to phishing sites, or sites that have malware in them. And while this doesn’t happen all that often, it is still better to not take any chances, and remove the ad-generating software before anything bad happens to your device. After all, why risk landing some nefarious Ransomware cryptovirus while you can simply remove this invasive app, and make your system safe again.
Removing the hijacker may sometimes prove to be a bit of a tricky task. A lot of those apps are intentionally programmed to have difficult uninstallations. Furthermore, some of them may even come back to nag you even after you have seemingly removed them from your browser. This is why you must really make sure that all elements, files, and system entries related to “Dear Safari User” are deleted from your device, or else you may indeed get this hijacker added to your browser again, the next time you start a browsing session. To help you with the removal, we have prepared some instructions and compiled them in a removal guide that you can find on this page.
|Name||“Dear Safari User”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You will be exposed to ads, and page-redirects if you have this hijacker in your system.|
|Distribution Method||File-bundling is the prevalent browser-hijacker distribution method.|
Remove “Dear Safari User” Pop up from iPhone/Mac
if you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.
First you need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.
- If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
- If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.
In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:
- On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.
Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
- Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
- Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/
Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.