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Remove Shield for Safari Pop-ups (Dec. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Shield for Safari Pop-ups. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac.

Some of the most annoying forms of software you could possibly encounter while using your computer are the infamous browser hijackers and adware apps. Both are advertising-oriented and both tend to target some of the most popular browsers that the majority of people use – browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and so on. Despite being highly secure, the aforementioned browsers are still susceptible to such apps since most hijackers and adware tools aren’t actual pieces of malware and are not going to try to harm the machine they are installed on or mess with the data on it in the same way that a Trojan Horse infection or a Ransomware cryptovirus could.

Here, we will tell you about Shield for Safari – a hijacker app known for altering different browser elements such as the starting page and the search engine as well as for causing page-redirects and ads generation on the browser it is installed on. Many users have made complaints about this app and about its irritating abilities and we are here to help all those of you who may currently have the unpleasant Shield for Safari on their machines. One thing to not, however, is that, as we said, this isn’t a virus and it will likely not attempt to initiate any kind of malicious and harmful activity so there is no need to get panicked. Shield for Safari Pop-ups, similarly to most other hijacker apps, is mainly supposed to generate adverts and increase the traffic and the clicks to some sites it is trying to promote. This activity, in turn, earns money for the developers behind the hijacker which is the main reason this app has been created in the first place. Nevertheless, it is understandable if you’d like to remove it from your machine and this is what we are going to try to help you with in the following guide.

Remove Shield for Safari Pop-ups

Step1

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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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.
Step5

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 Shield for Safari 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 Shield for Safari 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.

The hijackers may not always be safe

An app like Shield for Safari is different from a real malicious infection such as the one cause by a Rootkits, a Trojan or a Ransomware in the sense that it is not supposed to be used for anything criminal or malicious. However, there are still certain security concerns you must be aware of when it comes to browser hijackers. The main problem with such apps in terms of security is that their advertising contents may not always be as safe as some users my think they are. A lot of online advertisements tend to get used by hackers for malware distribution and this is why it is not advisable to carelessly click on each and every offer that the Shield for Safari hijacker may put on your browser screen. It is, therefore, best if you simply eliminate the intrusive application so that its adverts and page redirects do not get shown on your screen. Also, our advice for you in the future is to download new programs and other software only from sites you know you can trust and, even then, make sure to have a careful look at the installer of any new program you are about to install so as to see if there are any added bonus optional components that may be similar to a hijacker and that may need to be left out of the installation process.

SUMMARY:

Name Shield for Safari
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Annoying ads on your screen, pesky page redirects and random browser modifications are the usual symptoms that you have a hijacker on your computer.
Distribution Method Hijackers can get on your computer after getting delivered by a spam message, a software bundle or a misleading advert on the Internet.
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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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