About this threat

SrchSafe Search is a browser hijacker, advertised as a privacy enhanced search engine. You might not remember installing it and that would not be uncommon. Browser hijackers are known to enter using free software bundles, which means they sneak past you when you install freeware. You do not need to worry too much if you notice it loading when you open your browser. Hijackers are not malicious.

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They are low-level infections that try to make income by redirecting you. For that reason, this hijacker will change your browser’s settings and set its domain as your homepage, new tabs and search engine. It will then try to redirect you to sponsored sites. You could even end up on some questionable or even malicious ones, which is why you need to remove SrchSafe Search.

How does a hijacker infect a computer?

You could have obtained it from the official website. However, browser hijackers are also attached to free software as extra offers. They are added in a way that allows them to install alongside. To prevent their installation, you need to manually deselect them. This cannot be done in Default settings. In fact, you will not even be informed of anything being added. You need to use Advanced or Custom settings because only there will you be able to check whether something has been attached. You will also be able to deselect all those extra offers. Unchecking a couple of boxes is much easier than it would be to later delete SrchSafe Search or similar.

Why uninstall SrchSafe Search?

If you did not choose to install them yourself, the changes made by the hijacker might surprise you. When you open your browser, whether it’s Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you will be redirected to a dubious website. This will happen every time you launch your browser because the hijacker has set itself as your homepage. These changes are made without your permission and are irreversible unless you first remove SrchSafe Search. The website set as your homepage will have links to popular sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, YouTube, etc., and a search box. The search engine supposedly does not store any information about your searches but that might not necessarily be the case. If you choose to use it, you might be exposed to sponsored content, as hijackers aim to redirect you to those sites. Your results could be full of advertisement web pages and it might  not be obvious which ones are legitimate ones. Some hijackers are even able to lead users to malicious content so be careful. You could end up with malware. Delete SrchSafe Search.

SrchSafe Search removal

You have two methods to uninstall SrchSafe Search. If you choose to go with manual SrchSafe Search removal, you will have to find and get rid of the hijacker yourself, which could be difficult since the hijacker is hiding. The automatic method is recommended because the anti-spyware of your choice would locate and erase the hijacker.

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Quick Menu

Step 1. Uninstall SrchSafe.com Search and related programs.

Remove SrchSafe.com Search from Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel choose Programs and Features and select to Uninstall a software.

Delete SrchSafe.com Search from Windows 8

Uninstall SrchSafe.com Search from Windows 7

Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features → Uninstall a program.

Uninstall SrchSafe.com Search from Windows 7

Delete SrchSafe.com Search from Windows XP

Click Start → Settings → Control Panel. Locate and click → Add or Remove Programs.

Remove SrchSafe.com Search from Windows XP

Remove SrchSafe.com Search from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for SrchSafe.com Search or any other suspicious software. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash, then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

SrchSafe.com Search removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete SrchSafe.com Search from your browsers

Terminate the unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
  1. Tap the Gear icon and go to Manage Add-ons. SrchSafe.com Search IE gear
  2. Pick Toolbars and Extensions and eliminate all suspicious entries (other than Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Oracle or Adobe) SrchSafe.com Search IE toolbars and extensions
  3. Leave the window.
Change Internet Explorer homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of your browser and click Internet Options. SrchSafe.com Search IE gear
  2. In General Tab remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Press Apply to save changes. SrchSafe.com Search IE toolbars and extensions
Reset your browser
  1. Click the Gear icon and move to Internet Options. SrchSafe.com Search IE options
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset. SrchSafe.com Search IE reset browser
  3. Choose Delete personal settings and pick Reset one more time. SrchSafe.com Search IE reset
  4. Tap Close and leave your browser. SrchSafe.com Search IE close
  5. If you were unable to reset your browsers, employ a reputable anti-malware and scan your entire computer with it.
Erase SrchSafe.com Search from Google Chrome
  1. Access menu (top right corner of the window) and pick Settings. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome menu
  2. Choose Extensions. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome settings
  3. Eliminate the suspicious extensions from the list by clicking the Trash bin next to them. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome extensions remove
  4. If you are unsure which extensions to remove, you can disable them temporarily. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome extensions disable
Reset Google Chrome homepage and default search engine if it was hijacker by virus
  1. Press on menu icon and click Settings. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome menu
  2. Look for the “Open a specific page” or “Set Pages” under “On start up” option and click on Set pages. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome settings
  3. In another window remove malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome extensions remove
  4. Under the Search section choose Manage Search engines. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search websites. You should leave only Google or your preferred search name. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome extensions disable
    SrchSafe.com Search Chrome extensions disable
Reset your browser
  1. If the browser still does not work the way you prefer, you can reset its settings.
  2. Open menu and navigate to Settings. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome settings more
  3. Press Reset button at the end of the page. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome advanced menu
  4. Tap Reset button one more time in the confirmation box. SrchSafe.com Search Chrome reset
  5. If you cannot reset the settings, purchase a legitimate anti-malware and scan your PC.
Remove SrchSafe.com Search from Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the top right corner of the screen, press menu and choose Add-ons (or tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously). SrchSafe.com Search Firefox add ons
  2. Move to Extensions and Add-ons list and uninstall all suspicious and unknown entries. SrchSafe.com Search Firefox extensions
Change Mozilla Firefox homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap on the menu (top right corner), choose Options. SrchSafe.com Search Firefox reset confirm
  2. On General tab delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default. SrchSafe.com Search Firefox reset confirm
  3. Press OK to save these changes.
Reset your browser
  1. Open the menu and tap Help button. SrchSafe.com Search Firefox help
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information. SrchSafe.com Search Firefox troubleshooting
  3. Press Refresh Firefox. SrchSafe.com Search Firefox reset
  4. In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox once more. SrchSafe.com Search Firefox reset confirm
  5. If you are unable to reset Mozilla Firefox, scan your entire computer with a trustworthy anti-malware.
Uninstall SrchSafe.com Search from Safari (Mac OS X)
  1. Access the menu.
  2. Pick Preferences. SrchSafe.com Search Safari menu
  3. Go to the Extensions Tab. SrchSafe.com Search Safari extensions
  4. Tap the Uninstall button next to the undesirable SrchSafe.com Search and get rid of all the other unknown entries as well. If you are unsure whether the extension is reliable or not, simply uncheck the Enable box in order to disable it temporarily.
  5. Restart Safari.
Reset your browser
  1. Tap the menu icon and choose Reset Safari. SrchSafe.com Search Safari reset menu
  2. Pick the options which you want to reset (often all of them are preselected) and press Reset. SrchSafe.com Search Safari reset
  3. If you cannot reset the browser, scan your whole PC with an authentic malware removal software.

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