Remove Virus from Safari

We understand if you are frustrated and annoyed by the presence of Safari Virus in your computer and inside your browsing program. After all, this is a software component that could be quite irritating with its continuous spam of ads, redirects to all sorts of advertising and marketing-oriented sites and pages an also with the changes that this piece of software has likely introduced to the search engine of your browser or to its homepage and new-tab page addresses. However, what you need to understand is that this app is not a major security threat like a Ransomware or a Trojan. Compared to such threats, Safari Virus is more of an irritation rather than anything else. Nevertheless, we understand that this could still be quite unpleasant, especially if you need to use your Chrome or Firefox (or any other) browser on a regular basis for your work, education, hobbies and so on. That is why we will do our best to help you get rid of this irritating piece of software and restore your browsing program to its regular state so that you no longer need to put up with the various forms of irritation that are likely to come from Safari Virus.

Safari Virus on Mac

Before we get to the removal part, let us tell you a couple of more words about what type of software you are actually dealing with. Apps like Safari Virus are normally known as browser hijackers – as we already said, they aren’t really intended to cause harm. Instead what they are meant for is to make profits off the adverts they stream on the users’ screens. This is also why they are normally made rather difficult to uninstall and most of the inexperienced users might not be able to easily remove a hijacker from their browser. However, with the help of the following guide, you should have no trouble eliminating the intrusive software and restoring your browsing program to the way it used to be.

We advise you to keep away from the irritating ads

It doesn’t matter if you find a certain advert potentially interesting or if you simply want to close a given banner and that is why you decide to interact with the commercial message – we still advise you to keep away from this form of advertisement if they are coming from the hijacker. The reason for that is the fact that it cannot be guaranteed that the advert you are about to interact with is safe and it is indeed not uncommon for browser hijacker-generated ads to be misleading, fake and, at times, even potentially unsafe. This doesn’t mean that the hijackers themselves are programmed to spam you with hazardous content, it’s just that there is normally not much control over the type of adverts that get shown on the users’ screens. Because of this, removing the hijacker and in the meanwhile keeping away from its commercial messages is the most advisable course of action and is what our advice for you would be.


Name Safari Virus
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Usually, a hijacker would negatively affect your browser and this is what should give away the presence of the unwanted app.
Distribution Method The majority of users with hijackers on their machines have landed the undesirable software after installing some installation bundle.
Detection Tool


Remove Virus from Safari Mac

To remove virus from Safari on Mac you can try to shortcut our guide by following these removal instructions:

  1. Go to Preferences in Safari. In the Menu click on Safari and then on Preferences.
  2. Check your designated Homepage. You can do this in the General tab in Safari preferences.
  3. Now click on the Extensions tab.
  4. Look for any suspicious extensions and uninstall them by clicking on the Thrash icon next to them.

Remove Virus from Safari

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.

Remove Virus from Safari


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Remove Virus from Safari

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:

Remove Virus from Safari

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Remove Virus from Safari

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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Remove Virus from Safari

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.

Remove Virus from Safari

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,

Remove Virus from Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Remove Virus from 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.

Remove Virus from Safari

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,
Remove Virus from 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

Remove Virus from Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Remove Virus from Safari

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

Remove Virus from Safari How to Remove Safari Virus From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Remove Virus from Safari (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Remove Virus from Safari

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

Remove Virus from SafariHow to Remove Safari Virus From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Remove Virus from Safari —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Remove Virus from Safari.

Remove Virus from Safari

 Click Remove Virus from Safari 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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