This page aims to help you remove Safe Finder. These Safe Finder removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as every version of Windows.
People often refer to Safe Finder as a type of malicious application known as Adware. It exist for two purposes – to fill your screen with Ads and also fill its creator’s pockets with money every time you are forced to click no an Ad. Some, if not most Adware programs pretend to have some useful functionality and Safe Finder is there with the rest of them.
It is supposed to be your friends and help you, but the only thing it will ever do is annoy you with Ads. It cannot be turned off. The only way to stop these Ads is to remove it and this is all this guide is about.
- IMPORTANT! Safe Finder should be removed as quickly as possible. This type of Adware is notorious for its ability to spy on your browsing history and upload that information online. In time it may also try to install different malicious and scam applications on your computer.
From time to time we get asked which browser is the most secure and least likely to become infected with stuff like Safe Finder. Well… the truth is that most browsers are pretty safe to direct attacks, but if some type of malware or adware is installed on the PC they are all equally vulnerable. The days where Internet Explorer was a swiss cheese of exploits and vulnerabilities seems to be gone and Firefox, Chrome and IE are nearly equal in the security department. Chrome, due to its popularity, tends to be a bit more vulnerable, because hackers focus their attention on it. However, what truly matters is your own ability to recognize such Adware threats before they make it into your computer. Once they are inside nothing is safe. We’ll help you make sure this never happens.
Be extra careful not to fall for any of the fraudulent Ads
People tend to notice the problems caused by Safe Finder fairly quickly – the amount of extra Ads, the slow loading times etc. Unfortunately, the Adware is prepared and very often it will actually advertise anti-malware software or other PC repair or speed-up solutions. These should never be even considered, as they are distributed by the creators of the Adware and they will not actually work. The ones that “do” serve as an additional layer of Ads that filter all legitimate sponsored Ads on websites and replace them with the junk that gets advertised by Safe Finder. If you want to get rid of this pest using legitimate software, one that can also protect your PC for an extended amount of time, check out our recommendation at the start of this article.
Methods commonly used by Safe Finder to sneak into PCs
Below you’ll find a list of all the well-known and commonly used tricks. Remember that this list is by no means exhaustive – any executable file could potentially be a virus carrier. The chances of that exponentially increase if such an executable is obtained from a site different from the main developer behind the program. If you prefer to download software from torrents and online storage sites please keep in mind that you might also be downloading a virus into your machine. Unfortunately torrents are not the only source of Adware and other nasty programs. You can get infected in any of the following ways (and more):
- Software bundles are by far the most common method preferred by Adware to infect computers. A software bundle is basically an installer for a program that installs more then one program. Whenever you decide to run such a bundled installer on your computer and pick the default installation option you’ll automatically agree to also install whatever other programs the creator has seen fit to add inside. Rare can useful software be obtained in such a way – you will be getting only programs in the likes of Safe Finder. We urge our readers to always pick the Advanced installation option – this way you get to see what exactly is getting installed and you can block any extra unwanted programs. Do it whenever possible.Should save you a lot of headaches, because these programs are much harder to get rid later, after they have already been installed..
- Online Ads are another common culprit. Torrent sites especially are well known for their trick involving multiple fake download buttons. If you click on the wrong button you’ll get a file to download that is named exactly like the file you want. Unfortunately what’s inside is actually the virus.
- Attached files send via Email or Facebook/Skype messages. This trick is fairly old, but it is constantly getting improved on. The latest hit is to make it look a colleague sent you that email and it will also include what appear to be work-related files inside. Remember to look for the file attachment before you look at the file name. If it ends with .exe then its most probably a virus!
- Fake download sites are another source of Adware programs. These sites have built-in algorithms, which allow them to copy your search queries and make the search engines believe they have a perfect match for your search. When you try to download a file from such a site the name will fit, but the contents of the file downloaded are actually going to be filled with viruses. Because of this it is never a good idea to open files obtained from random sources without scanning them for viruses first. Always keep an ant-virus or anti-malware program set to run automated scans. If you don’t have one you can check our recommendation above.
Some things to watch out for while Safe Finder is on your computer
Remember that Safe Finder’s goal is to enrich its creator and not help you in any way. Also, reputable sites and companies almost never advertise through such shady channels like Safe Finder, so any Ad you see likely leads to some obscure 3rd world site or maybe straight to a virus-infected page. It could also lead to a phishing scam – linking you to a site that looks exactly like some site you visit frequently. Should you try to log-in into this fake copy your account names and passwords will be recorded and used by the hackers to access your real account.
Software offer for download by Safe Finder is especially dangerous. Very often such software is advertised through the help of fake system messages that are actually Ads originating from Safe Finder, but made to look like real system messages. If you suddenly start getting excessive amounts of error reports that also prompt you to download some software then you should know this is a scam. Such software is called Bloatware (or Scareware) and it doesn’t work. What it does is that it creates these fake messages about problems and if you pay it simply stops producing these messages for the duration of the paid-off period. if you believe that you actually have a problem with your PC we recommend that you look for a solution online and download it from the official site. Don’t trust any Ads coming from Safe Finder with anything! If you’ve already installed anything uninstall it immediately!
|Danger Level||High (Adware are not dangerous – but this adware is particularly known for being installed with bigger threats. Scan your System !)|
|Symptoms||An unrealistic amount of third-party advertisements, almost all of which lead to unsafe links.|
|Distribution Method||Primarily software bundles, also torrent installers and “download managers.”|
|Detection Tool||parasite may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter - a professional parasite scanner - to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove Safe Finder
If you are using Mac OS, please follow this guide
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
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- Do not skip this – Safe Finder may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
The way in which Safe Finder sends Ads into your browser is due to the Add-on API that has latched to the browser. Make sure you don’t miss any browser while you do the steps. Safe Finder is equally capable of infecting Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome and it has probably done so to any of these browsers you have on your machine. Clean them all or you risk the virus bouncing back on next system reboot.
Also please be on your guard for any confirmation messages created by Safe Finder once you try to remove it. These may try to download and install software or send you to a page online. Both of these are trouble and you should stay away from them – cancel any downloads and immediately close any such pages.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Safe Finder from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Safe Finder from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!