This page aims to help you remove SafeBrowse Miner. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
SafeBrowse has been discovered to secretly mine for cryptocurrency (i.e. Bitcoins.). To start with, browser hijackers are not dangerous programs. SafeBrowse is a member of their group. As a normal hijacker, it could integrate itself into any of your browsers – Opera, Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc. All of them could be affected by this program and could start behaving differently because of the infection with it – redirection to many sponsored web locations, changes in the appearance of the browsers in regards to the default search engines and homepages and some broadcasting of various pop-up and other online ads are among the possible effects that may come with SafeBrowse.
What else might characterize SafeBrowse?
First and foremost, browser hijackers could indeed infect a computer, but the infection they cause is not malicious. It might simply be very annoying, though. In order to be dangerous, an infection should result from the actions of a version of malware like a Trojan or a type of Ransomware. Such a contamination will be really harmful, unlike the one with a browser hijacker and will result in the encoding of files, keeping track of credentials and banking details, spying on you, certain blackmailing warnings and even identity theft. Browser hijackers, on the other hand, can just cause much irritation due to their ability to redirect a user to pages one has never planned to open/visit; modification of their normal browser homepage and/or search engine as well as the generation of a pretty big number of pop-ups and more different kinds of ads.
In what ways may a browser hijacker be distributed?
Normally, most hijackers find their way around as components of program bundles. These bundles are in fact many programs put together and distributed around for free. Any user could get interested in downloading such a mixture of software because they might indeed contain some new or interesting games, programs, apps. Most commonly, such bundles also include a piece of ad-broadcasting software like a version of Adware or a type of a hijacker. To be completely precise, we should also mention that there might be other possible sources – torrents, spam, infected websites, but the number of contaminations caused by them is lower than the that conferred by a program bundle.
SafeBrowse Chrome/ Firefox Miner Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
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 or otherwise look suspicious.
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.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
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 SafeBrowse from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove SafeBrowse from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove SafeBrowse 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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up 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
Does that mean that downloading a bundle equals catching SafeBrowse?
Don’t worry, this is not quite the case. You can download a given bundle and even use some programs from it without being affected by this hijacker, provided that you install the bundle correctly. Installing any program you download properly means using the right installation feature. The right ones are those allowing you to install only some components of the bundle and to opt out of the unnecessary programs. The wizard features you can rely on for this are the following – the ones that contain the words advanced or custom in their descriptions or names. Remember – using them means being safe even from threats that are much bigger than SafeBrowse like real Trojan and Ransomware viruses.
Why do such programs as SafeBrowse get developed?
The idea of promoting products, software or various services is not new. It has been happening on the radio and on TV. At the present moment advertising is developing mainly online as more and more people have Internet access. Software programmers and product manufacturers sign contracts of cooperation – the first agree to advertise a product efficiently and the latter agree to pay them money for that. Developers then get paid mainly considering the total number of pop-ups and banners that have been opened or clicked-on. Such a business practice doesn’t break the law in any way – you can be sure that this activity as a whole is legal.
Ways to remove SafeBrowse
Luckily, any user is normally capable of uninstalling this browser hijacker as the whole process of doing that is not usually complicated. We recommend that you first try to remove this piece of ad-displaying software by following the removal tips in our Guide at the end of this page. We have compiled it and tested it and it has proven efficient in such cases with such infections. We hope this article and the Guide below will be exactly what you need to solve your technical issues.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Browser app changes including redirection processes, changed homepages and search engines and many appearing ads.|
|Distribution Method||Via program bundles, shady torrents,and all kinds of spam.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
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!