Hi there, I unfortunately have been in trouble with Search.safefinder.info hijacker on my Google, and now I also put my windows computer into Safe Mode with networking trying to completely clear up this browser hijacker, but from there I’m clueless on what to do next. You know I try to change back the start page of Google browser, but nothing helps. This nasty page is still showing there! I guess there should be many malicious files related to this hijacker infection in system, can you please help me eradicate them?

Brief Description of Search.safefinder.info Hijacker

Search.safefinder.info is nothing but a fake and harmful webpage saying itself as a legit search page to scam many computer users. It has been categorized into browser hijacker list. It claims itself a safe finder, but actually it will bring unsafe and harmful computer threats. Browser hijacker threat is distributed on the Internet by cyber hackers and it will access your device when you visit unsafe malicious website, downloading free software from unlicensed website, read spam email, receive malicious files or links from unknown person or install shareware and so on. To illustrate further, the malicious website is created by cyber hacker to distribute malware or virus there.  The malicious website usually will pop up different product discounts, deals, coupon, fitness ads, fake software updating notification, or fake security message. If you encounter with such a website, you should close it soon, or it will soon put adware causing Search.safefinder.info hijacker, malware even virus into your computer. Similarly, cyber hacker adds this browser hijacker file into free-downloading software installation package. When someone downloads that infected software, this browser hijacker will also be installed at the same time. Besides, spam email is also a good place to hide adware, malware or virus file to attract people to click. One clicking will soon get the computer threat.

Search.safefinder.info hijacker can bring many problems to computer. It changes the start page of your web browser, modifies search engine, redirects you to unsafe website or link and pops up different annoying ads. Some malicious extension, adware or add-on would be inserted into browser settings without your interaction. And some malicious adware will keep displaying ads, discount, deals or coupons to attract you to click, which will interrupt you a lot. When you search something on web browser, you would be just brought to unrelated search results going to strange websites which may be hacked by remote hackers and infected with such computer threats ad virus or malware thing. So Search.safefinder.info hijacker can be treated as a platform to distribute sponsor products even spread malware and virus. Besides, gradually you will find computer performance become slow. It takes a long time to load up a webpage or even can’t display the page or even worse, your DNS server settings is changed by this Search.safefinder.info hijacker to block your access to the Internet. Sometime, when you run several big programs at the same time, computer becomes sluggish or gets frozen there.

Main Symptoms of Search.safefinder.info Hijacker

-Can change your homepage or the default search engine and it totally prevents you from changing them back

-Can always redirect you to other websites

-Can pop up various advertisements and sponsored links randomly to interrupt your online activities

-Can create many junk files which occupy a lot of space in hard drive

-Can download other malicious programs into computer, which make further damage.

-Can collect and send data concerning your search history and other browsing activities.

-Your sensitive information can be tracked and stolen by hacker who can access to your computer with the help of browser hijacker.

NOTE: If you find any of these symptoms on your computer, that proves your PC is under attack and seriously infected with Search.safefinder.info hijacker. If you are not a computer savvy, Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts to remove this browser hijacker for you.

The Screenshot of Search.safefinder.info Hijacker

Search.safefinder.info

Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of browser hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Press CTRL, SHIFT and ESC  these three keys together at the same time to pull up Windows Task Manager; click Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find and end odd processes related to this Search.safefinder.info hijacker. Names of the processes are random.

Windows Task Manager

Step 2: Open Control Panel from Start Menu, then open Programs, click on Uninstall a program. Find suspicious programs or tool-bars related to the Search.safefinder.info hijacker. Right click on it and select Uninstall.

Programs and Features

Step 3: Go to Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then mark “Show hidden files, folders, and drivers” and unmark “Hide protected operating system files” (Recommended) and then click Apply or OK.

Folder Options

Step 4: Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Search.safefinder.info browser hijacker.

Registry Editor

Step 5: Clear all history, data and cookies of your infected web browser.

Search.safefinder.info hijacker has the ability to insert into web browser and spy on user’s online activities, so it is suggested to delete all history, data and cookies of the infected web browser before a complete removal. Take Internet Explorer for example:

a. From the “Tool” menu button in the upper-right corner of the Internet Explorer window, choose “Safety” > “Delete browsing history…“.

Delete Browsing History 1

b. Then tick Cookie and website data and History, click Delete.

Delete Browsing History

Step 6: Change your homepage of the infected web browser (Take Internet Explorer as Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools menu and select Internet Options, then click General tab, and input the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK.

Homepage

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Conclusion:

Search.safefinder.info hijacker is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data like online banking details, credit card or paypal account information or your business data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Those pop-ups it creates will take up too much Internet resources and slow down Internet speed. The webpage will be hard to load up and even can’t be open after you have tried many times to open the webpage you need. In system, many unwanted junk files will be produced to occupy the rest of system capacity. Even thought at the beginning this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms or payware, this Search.safefinder.info hijacker also has the ability to bring those harmful viruses to attack computer system, which will greatly slow down PC performance and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of browser hijacker? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Leo R. Oscar & last updated on July 14, 2016 4:37 am

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