The eSafely virus (also found as the esafe virus, Esafe.A, etc.; though not technically a computer virus) is potential malware categorized as a browser hijacker that installs to a Microsoft Windows computer system and attaches to primarily Google Chrome, as well as Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension with or without user consent.
eSafely is promoted as a free browser add-on and extension that provides safe access to a variety of websites, has parental control features, and blocks pornography online; however, once we installed the eSafely extension for Google Chrome the extension did not work as promoted and we were able to access any pornography website, as well as websites that promote criminal activities.
Once eSafely malware is installed, the unwanted program will change internet browser settings including the default, managed, and provided search engine without user consent in order to redirect users to sponsored search engines such as search.clearch.org. eSafely does not mention that once their add-on or extension is installed that installed internet browsers will redirect to unwanted websites when users attempt to search the web using the browser address or omni bar.
eSafely uses aggressive and allegedly unethical marketing tactics in order to create customers and generate revenue. Once the eSafely extension is installed to Google Chrome, the internet browser will redirect to www.esafely.com/downloads/install in which a misleading message that says “You’re Almost Done” is present and buttons to donate $10, $25, and $99. This is seen as an unethical marketing tactic meant to confuse new users into believing that they must donate to eSafely in order to use their extension. This page may also have third-party advertisements present in which the company generates revenue per click and per commission.
The eSafely extension for Google Chrome has permission to access your data on all websites, which may include information manually submitted online such as your full name, email address, home address, credit information, as well as anonymous information such as your IP address, ISP, geographical location, and more.
eSafely malware and third-party items have been reported to submit collected user information to third-party marketing and mailing lists without user consent. Some users have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent browser activity and history.
How does eSafely get onto a computer?
eSafely often bundles with third-party freeware and shareware, as well as torrents from websites such as download.com and thepiratebay, but is also available for free at
www.esafely.com and in the Google Chrome Web Store where it has obtained various bad reviews where users claim they can not uninstall eSafely.
In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install eSafely and other items; however, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a very confusing manner in order to trick users into installing excessive bloatware and malware.
How to remove eSafely
- Automatically remove eSafely virus – Scan for and automatically remove eSafely and third-party malware
- Manually remove eSafely virus – Remove/Uninstall eSafely software and third-party malware (if necessary)
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1. Automatic eSafely virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove eSafely and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
4. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
5. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall eSafely and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
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.
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 eSafely and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for eSafely, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual eSafely virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall eSafely and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall eSafely
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for eSafely and other potentially unwanted software. Once the adware program is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button. Keep in mind that eSafely may use a different title name than suggested.
How to remove eSafely add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove eSafely add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the eSafely extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the eSafely add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the eSafely add-on and remove it if located.