Safe Finder: 3 Ways to Remove It

Computer Virus

Safe Finder is a browser hijacker. This is a type of unwanted program that changes a web browser's settings without the user's permission or sometimes even their knowledge. A browser hijacker may change your home page, switch your default search engine with another, redirect your search queries, install unwanted add-ons, or even bombard your computer with ads.

The evidence of a Safefinder hijack is quite obvious, so it's unlikely you'll have the malicious adware without knowing. It relentlessly sends popups to your screen, some of which may even be for antivirus programs or other applications that seem to have a practical use. Clicking on any of these is dangerous as they will simply cause even more ads to appear. Safe Finder may also collect data on your browsing history and other personal information before uploading it, making it a significant security threat.

How Does Safe Finder Infect Computers?

Safe Finder most frequently seems to affect Mac OS X, but it's not unheard of on Windows. Safari is frequently affected, as is Google Chrome due to its popularity. It's been known to affect Mozilla Firefox as well, but Internet Explorer is no longer as vulnerable as it once was. Programs like Safe Finder browser hijacker most commonly infect computers through software bundles that install multiple programs at once. Fake download buttons and malicious email attachments can spread it as well. If your computer has been infected, you'll need this guide on how to remove Safe Finder.

Send It to Trash

This is by far the easiest way to remove Safe Finder, and you'll be fortunate if it works. For this method, simply go to your Applications menu on Mac (Apps & Features on Windows) and search for Safe Finder and any other unrecognized programs. Move the malicious program to your Trash bin, and then empty the Trash to uninstall it. If this doesn't work, you'll need to use a more in-depth method.

Manually Remove Files

It's possible to manually remove instances of the Safe Finder virus, but it requires you to go through system files, so you should only follow this method if you're confident in what you're doing. The first step is to close all instances of your web browser, force stopping if needed. Next, you'll want to open Finder and check under the Activity Monitor Menu.

Once here, you can examine your recent processes and see if any of them are Safe Finder or other malicious programs. When you find a suspicious process, click the information ("i") button, and click Sample at the bottom of the box. This will show you all the files for that process, and you can manually delete suspicious ones.

If you run Safari, you'll need to clean it up since Safe Finder is specifically designed to alter your Safari homepage, new tab pages, and browser extensions. Hold Shift while Safari launches to put it in safe mode. Go into your Preferences menu and uninstall any unrecognized extensions. Next, click on your Privacy tab and select Remove All Website Data to ensure you'll no longer be redirected to a problematic page. At this point, you can change your home page back to what you prefer. It's also a good idea to clear your browser history to keep from stumbling upon the page that infected you again. The steps for Chrome and other popular web browsers are essentially the same.

Use Combo Cleaner

This is likely the best method for those unfamiliar with computers. Combo Cleaner is an advanced Mac cleaner that can easily detect and remove viruses, malware, and other malicious programs. It may be able to remove Safe Finder simply by scanning your computer and automatically purging infected files. Alternatively, instead of manually deleting Safe Finder files on your own, you can run any suspicious files through Combo Cleaner, and it will remove them if they're dangerous.

It's always best to avoid threats like the Safe Finder virus by steering clear of unfamiliar programs and untrusted sites, but if you do get infected, you have the means to remove it.

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