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Remove Safe Finder Virus (Mac)

What is Safe Finder Virus (Mac)

Safe Finder Virus (Mac) is a questionable browser extension promoting fake search engines. It is essentially a browser hijacker that tries to display user-sponsored content in order to generate revenue. This particular potentially unwanted program is aimed at Mac users, but Windows has its fair share of similar infections. Overall, they're pretty harmless in the sense that they won't harm your computer directly, but leaving them installed is not recommended. These types of infections cause unwanted changes to browsers and then try to redirect users to sponsored websites in order to generate traffic and revenue for those websites. The unwanted changes and random redirects are the reason why hijackers are such pesky infections. Hence, you should delete Safe Finder Virus (Mac) as soon as possible.

In addition to trying to redirect you, these types of infections use software bundling to install them. This means that they don't ask for permission. This is a pretty frowned upon method as a lot of sneaky programs can be installed without users realizing it. Therefore, programs that use them are generally classified as PUPs. If you read on we will explain how you can avoid installing the offers in the future.

How to install PUPs?

Users rarely knowingly install PUPs and similar infections themselves. If you find you installed it yourself, it is a good idea to do some research before installing any programs. A simple search on Google would have given a good indication that the program is not useful.

For infections like Safe Finder Virus (Mac), using software bundling is very beneficial as it allows installation without users' permission. Adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs are attached to free software as additional offerings. Unless they are manually deselected by the users, they can be installed side by side. Most users don't deselect the offers just because they don't know they are there. However, the offers are optional.

If you are installing free software, choose Advanced (Custom) Settings instead of Default Settings. These settings make all added offers visible and you can deselect all of them. All you really need to do is clear the boxes. This simple action, which takes seconds, will save you a lot of time and effort later when faced with potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) infecting your computer. If you don't pay attention to what types of programs you install and how to do them, your computer will be full of junk programs that will only negatively affect your computer's performance.

What does Safe Finder Virus (Mac) do?

Once the infection is installed, it will change your browser settings regardless of whether you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. It sets one of its advertised websites as the home page and new tabs, forcing you to use a questionable search engine. Websites that can be set as your homepage include search.safefinderformac.com, search.macsafefinder.com, and search.safefinder.com. These changes are irreversible as long as the hijacker stays installed as it just changes everything.

Regardless of which website becomes your home page, it is promoting a questionable Safe Finder search engine. We do not recommend using it as these search engines often include sponsored results in search results to redirect users. These results have little to do with what users are looking for and can expose users to potentially dangerous content such as malware and scams.

While these programs are often advertised as useful tools that improve the browsing experience, they actually do the opposite. They will try to expose you to as much sponsored content as possible and keep track of your surfing. This PUP records what websites you visit, what you are looking for, what ads you click, etc. It can then share the information it collects with unknown third parties.

Remove Safe Finder Virus (Mac)

You can uninstall Safe Finder Virus (Mac) both manually and automatically. However, the latter is much easier since the anti-spyware program would do anything. Most Mac antivirus programs recognize this program as a potential threat, so you shouldn't have any problem finding the tool that's right for you. You can also remove Safe Finder Virus (Mac) manually. Below are instructions to help you.

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Automatic Safe Finder Virus Removal

We recommend using malware removal tools like Anti-Spyware to delete Safe Finder Virus as it is the easiest to do. Anti-spyware programs are designed to remove these threats, and Safe Finder Virus is not a problem. These applications are pretty simple to use and should be able to delete Safe Finder Virus easily. However, you can remove Safe Finder Virus manually and use the instructions below to learn how to do it.

How to delete Safe Finder Virus from Windows manually

Windows XP

  1. Start - Settings - Control Panel.
  2. Click on Software.
  3. Find and uninstall Safe Finder Virus.
  4. Go through all of the installed programs and uninstall anything you don't recognize.

Windows 7

  1. Tap the Windows key to open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Select Programs and Features and uninstall a program.
  3. Find Safe Finder Virus and remove it.
  4. If you see other questionable programs, uninstall them as well.

Windows 8/10

  1. You need to access Programs and Features by right-clicking Start and opting for Programs and Features.
  2. Find Safe Finder Virus and remove it.
  3. If you see other suspicious applications, delete them as well.

Manually uninstall Safe Finder Virus from your Mac OS

You shouldn't have any problems deleting Safe Finder Virus from your Mac computer. However, you will also need to delete some remaining files and remove the program.

  1. Finder applications.
  2. Put Safe Finder Virus in the trash.
  3. Check all installed programs for other questionable applications and throw them in the trash.
  4. In the menu bar click on Go - Go to Folder.
  5. Type / Library / LaunchAgents, look for recently added or otherwise suspicious files, and toss them in the trash.
  6. Go back to Go to Folder and enter / Library / Application Support. Look for recently added or otherwise dubious files and throw them in the trash.
  7. Access Go to the folder again and enter ~ / Library / LaunchAgents. If you see any dubious and recently added files, please put them in the trash.
  8. Return to Go to Folder and enter / Library / LaunchDaemons. Drag questionable files to the trash.
  9. Right click the trash can icon and choose Empty Trash.

How to uninstall Safe Finder Virus from Internet Explorer

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Access Manage Add-ons from the menu bar (the gear icon in the top right).
  3. Click Safe Finder Virus and click Remove from all unknown extensions.
  4. Open the Internet options via the browser menu (the gear icon).
  5. On the General tab, change the home page to a page of your choice.
  6. Open Manage add-ons by clicking Manage add-ons in the browser menu (the gear icon).
  7. Access Search Providers (via the menu on the left), delete the Safe Finder Virus set and select the one you want.

Your browser settings need to be reset if you continue to have problems with Safe Finder Virus.

  1. For users using devices running Windows XP, click Start and open Run, type inetcpl.cpl, access Advanced, and click Reset.
  2. If your computer is running Windows Vista / 7, press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the search box and hit Enter. Go to the Advanced tab and press Reset.
  3. For users with computers running Windows 8/10, launch Internet Explorer, click the gear icon, press Internet Options, access the Advanced tab and press Reset. Click Reset again.

Safe Finder Virus Deletion from Google Chrome

  1. Start Google Chrome.
  2. Menu (the three points) - More tools - Extensions.
  3. Look for Safe Finder Virus and other extensions that you cannot identify and remove them.
  4. Open the menu again and click Settings.
  5. You can change your homepage under On startup.
  6. Go to Search Engine in the menu on the left, then Manage Search Engines and change your search engine.

Your browser settings will need to be reset if Safe Finder Virus is still present.

  1. Start Google Chrome, menu (the three dots) - Settings.
  2. Scroll down, click Advanced, and scroll down to the Reset section.
  3. Click Reset and confirm your choice by clicking Reset again.

How to uninstall Safe Finder Virus from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Open Add-Ons via the menu (the three bars on the top right).
  3. Open Extensions, identify and remove any unknown extensions as well as Safe Finder Virus.
  4. Open the settings via the menu (the three dots).
  5. On the Home tab, delete the start page set by Safe Finder Virus and specify one of your preferences.
  6. Go to the Search tab in the menu on the left and change your search engine from the Safe Finder Virus set for you to the one you prefer.

If Safe Finder Virus is still present, you may need to reset your browser settings to their defaults.

  1. Menu (the three bars) - Help - information on troubleshooting.
  2. In the new window, click Refresh Firefox.
  3. Press Refresh Firefox again.

Safe Finder Virus Removal from Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Safari (via the menu bar at the top) - Settings.
  3. Open the Extensions tab, find and remove Safe Finder Virus as well as any other unknown extensions.
  4. On the General tab, set the homepage of your choice instead of the one set by Safe Finder Virus.
  5. Go to the Search tab and change your search engine from the one set by Safe Finder Virus to one of your choice.

If Safe Finder Virus continues to cause problems, your browser may need to be restored to its default settings.

  1. Clear the history by clicking Safari (the menu bar) with the browser running and selecting Clear History.
  2. Safari - Preferences - Advanced Tab.
  3. Activate the Show Develop menu in the menu bar.
  4. Press Develop (in the menu bar) and select Empty Caches.

Safe Finder Virus removal from Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Menu (the three dots in the upper right corner) - Extensions.
  3. Find and delete any unrecognized extensions as well as Safe Finder Virus.
  4. Open the settings via the menu (the three dots).
  5. When you switch to the On startup tab, you will see a homepage set by Safe Finder Virus. Change this to one that you prefer.
  6. Open the Privacy & Services tab and change your search engine from the Safe Finder Virus that's set for you to one of your choice.

In case you are still having issues with Safe Finder Virus, you will need to restore your browser to its default settings.

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge menu (the three dots) - Settings - Reset Settings.
  2. Select Reset settings to their default values. Confirm the reset.