I wrote this article to help you remove Safebrowsing.biz. This Safebrowsing.biz removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Safebrowsing.biz is a basic metasearch engine. The platform supports standard keyword web search without providing filters. An additional feature of the website is an embedded links bar. It gives quick access to a few popular websites: Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Ebay, Aliexpress, Amazon, Gearbest and Banggood. Although the website’s name promotes safety, it is not secure at all. Safebrowsing.biz is connected to a malicious hijacker. The clandestine program can cause security problems for you and your machine.
How can Safebrowsing.biz pose a threat to my system?
The Safebrowsing.biz website is not harmful on its own. It becomes dangerous when a hijacker enters your system. The insidious program will start making changes to your browser’s settings. It will reset your homepage and default search engine to Safebrowsing.biz. You will not be able to undo these changes. The hijacker will keep on appending them each time you try to revert back to your custom settings. Apart from the obvious, the security settings of your browser will also be amended. The Safebrowsing.biz hijacker can affect the most common browsing programs: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
Changing your homepage and default search engine to Safebrowsing.biz allows the hijacker to tamper with your search results. The covert program will insert supported websites amid the legitimate results to your queries. They could contain infections. Another way for the hijacker to lead you to sponsored websites is by having you follow pop-up advertisements. The furtive program will show you bargain shopping offers for a variety of consumer goods. The ads can contain deals for technological devices, garments, shoes, accessories, furniture, household items, games, toys and other products.
The Safebrowsing.biz hijacker should not be allowed to roam on your machine for any period of time. Avoiding to do searches and disregarding the pop-up ads does not eliminate the security risk. Perhaps the most harmful activity of the hijacker is tracking. The insidious program can record personal and financial details from your web browser. This includes your browsing history, IP address, geographic location, zip code, e-mail, user names, passwords and the details you have entered into your online accounts. The people behind the shady program can sell your data without your knowledge or consent.
How did the hijacker behind Safebrowsing.biz penetrate my system?
The source for the Safebrowsing.biz hijacker can be another piece of software or a spam e-mail. The covert tool often travels in a bundle with freeware, shareware and pirated copies of paid programs. It can sneak its way in by including itself in the terms and conditions of the main program as a bonus. The usual approach towards the installation of a new program is to accept the default settings and skip through the separate steps in haste. This could result in allowing a malicious program to get installed without being aware of it. Taking a few extra minutes can help prevent serious issues in the future.
A spam e-mail can carry the Safebrowsing.biz hijacker, secluded behind an attachment. The spammer behind the bogus message will tell you the attached file is an important document, like a receipt, an invoice, a bill or a fine. The idea is to make you believe the document is important and open it right away. Security should always come first. Proof the legitimacy of the sender before taking any action. The e-mail account he has used and the return address he has provided should be listed as the official contacts of the entity he is representing.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Safebrowsing.biz from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.