How to Get Rid of Safe Finder


Safe Finder

Safe Finder is a potentially unwanted application aimed at promoting fake web search engines. It would typically infiltrate a user’s system without the user’s knowledge or consent. People often refer to Safe Finder as a type of malicious application known as Adware.

How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

Safe Finder is a potentially unwanted application

How to get rid of Safe Finder?

For a quick attempt to get rid of Safe Finder from Mac:
  1. For OS X – click on the Go button (top left of the screen).
  2. Select the Applications tab.
  3. Look for Safe Finder and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Move them to Thrash by right-clicking on any unwanted applications.
  5. Empty trash to get rid of Safe Finder.
How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

Safe Finder Removal

If this does not work continue with the article below.

Remove Safe Finder from Safari

Looking for an easy way to remove Safe Finder from Safari and Mac? Then try this:
  1. Select the Applications tab in your Mac OS.
  2. In the Applications folder look for Safe Finder as well as any suspicious apps.
  3. Move Safe Finder to Thrash to uninstall it.
  4. Remove Safe Finder by emptying the Thrash bin.
How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

How to Remove Safe Finder?


Name Safe Finder
Type Adware
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

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.

It exists 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 on an Ad. Some, if not most Adware programs pretend to have some useful functionality and Safe Finder is there with the rest of them.

A typical example of a potentially unwanted program is the Segurazo Antivirus.

People tend to notice the problems caused by Safe Finder fairly quickly – the number 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.

From time to time we get asked which browser is the most secure and least likely to become infected with stuff like Safe FinderBing Redirect or Searchmine.net. 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. 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.


How to take off Safe Finder on Mac

For a quick way to take off Safe Finder on Mac try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Safe Finder.
  5. Remove Safe Finder from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.

If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Safe Finder!

How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

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.

How to Get Rid of Safe Finder


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

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:

How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

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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    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

    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.

    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

    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,

    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

    and then again on the Extensions tab,

    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

    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.
    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

    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,
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    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

    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

    Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
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    Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder How to Remove Safe Finder From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefoxclick on How to Get Rid of Safe Finder (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

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

    How to Get Rid of Safe FinderHow to Remove Safe Finder From Chrome in OSX:

     Start Chrome, click How to Get Rid of Safe Finder —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  How to Get Rid of Safe Finder.

    How to Get Rid of Safe Finder

     Click How to Get Rid of Safe Finder 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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    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.


    • Hi Asadullah Mohammadi,
      can you open the options menu on the program and see if there’s an option that is preventing you to uninstall it.

      • Hi, Rishika. Does the account, you’re currently using have Administrator privileges? You need an Administrator account in order to uninstall programs from the computer. Also, if you can send a screenshot, we might be able to get a better grasp of the situation.

    • Hi, Raven, you can refer to our article named How to Remove Ads On Mac if you are seeking for a Mac adware removal guide.

    • We have created a separate guide for that which is where you should go. The guide’s title is How to Remove Ads On Mac. If you are having problems with your Mac, go ahead and check it out.

    • Were there any IP addresses in your Hosts file below “Localhost” (as described in Step 3 from our guide). Also, it would help us determine where the issue is coming from if you send us a screenshot of your program installs from your Control Panel (Step 2).

    • Your program installs seem to be in order. However, you did not send us a screenshot of your Hosts file. We strongly recommend that you check that since you’re likely to have some unwanted IP addresses there.

    • All of those IP’s below “localhost” seem to be coming from the unwanted software. Therefore, make sure to delete them and save the changes to the Hosts file.

    • Follow the path to the specific file (it is shown in the sample text) and once you get there, scan the file via our scanner.

    • how would i get rid of this it pops up frequently and causes new tabs to open up in chrome with an ad or fake flashplayer like download.

    • I would really appreciate some help with removing Safe Finder from my Safari. I am under a Proxy on Mozilla Firefox right now, but I don’t know how to use your malware scanner you provide. If you need to know, my Mac is updated to the most recent release (Mojave).

      • The first thing to do is complete the steps from the guide. The online scanner on our site is supposed to check separate files for malicious/questionable code. If you are referring to the suggested removal tool, you need to download it and purchase its license to use it. Then again, we still advise you to simply complete all of the steps from the guide and then, if this didn’t work, tell us about it.

    • Not effective at all. The version I got doesn’t show up in extensions, for chrome or safari, does not show the homepage being changed, and holding shift, or not, regardless of clearing data etc it always opens with the safefinder search in the browser, but not in the address bar.

    • It did not help at all, probably because the “homepage” slot is locked and cannot be changes, I also couldn’t find anyway to unlock it, it seems as the malware is locking it, so I can’t edit/change it, tho I was able to complete all the other steps succesfully.

      • If completing the guide isn’t enough to solve the issue, you may need to try the removal tool suggested in it.

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