What is GSafe?

GSafe (by GENCO LABS LLC) is adware that is known to utilize misleading and possible unethical marketing techniques in order to infiltrate a computer without user knowledge. Potential GSafe malware usually bundles with other unwanted programs, as well as trojan horses.

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Although GSafe is adware used to primarily display unwanted advertisements across multiple internet browsers, the programs and files that it associates with and installs alongside pose a very dangerous threat and should be removed immediately. That means if you find potential GSafe malware installed you will need to uninstall the program as well as third-party objects in order to stop all unwanted activities.

The “GSafe virus” is a term people mostly use to identify this program, although it is not particularly defined as a computer virus, it does associate with potential computer viruses and very malicious files that invade a users privacy  upon contraction.

GSafe decreases internet connectivity, speeds, and functionality. If this program is installed, internet users will notice an immediate negative change.

GSafe can be used to access and collect user browsing data for a variety of marketing purposes, including targeted advertisements.

How to remove GSafe (Removal Guide)

This GSafe removal guide provides steps to remove the GSafe virus to get rid of ads by GSafe on Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, as well as to remove associated malware and adware.

Step 1: Scan your computer for malware

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2. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the Anti-Malware program. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.

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4. Once Malwarebytes has been opened, if a scan or update has not automatically initiated, please click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to do so if prompted to.

5. Once the scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer after removal to completely remove detected files.

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6. You can chose to visit the History tab and click Delete All to remove these files from the Quarantine log, although these files no longer provide a threat.

If you are still having issues with malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 2: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall GSafe using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

Step 3: Manually uninstall GSafe

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).

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2. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section (If you are using Windows 8 you will bypass the Control Panel).

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3. In the list of installed programs, search for software titled GSafe by GENCO LABS LLC. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program. It may be necessary to uninstall additional programs.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 4: Manually remove browser attachments

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the GSafe extension and other suspicious extensions and remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the GSafe add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the GSafe add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. Remove other suspicious add-ons if found. If the Remove button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.

If you are still experiencing issues removing GSafe adware we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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