How to remove search.safesidesearch.com (Virus Removal Guide)

Search.safesidesearch.com is a webpage that is known to take over your browser’s homepage and search settings in order to cause browsers to start-up on and redirect to search.safesidesearch.com. Browser redirects to the webpage will occur when a new browser window is opened, a new tab is opened in the web browser, or a search is performed in the address or omni bar.

search.safesidesearch.com virus

If your internet browser redirects to this website it means that you have contracted one of multiple potentially unwanted programs and browser attachments such as the SafeSideSearch Extension ‘extension’ for Google Chrome. Unwanted programs and browser extensions associated with this website can take over your homepage, default search engine, new tab settings, and collect browser information about you deepening on which permissions they have implemented.

The procedure to get your browser to stop redirecting to search.safesidesearch.com is essentially simple. You must remove the associated browser extension if present, uninstall any unwanted programs, and possibly manually change your browser settings; although removing the associated browser extension should repaor this. It is also recommended to scan your computer for malware with a reputable tool to detect and remove any malicious files that can remain on your computer.

How to remove Search.safesidesearch.com

Step 1: Uninstall potentially unwanted programs

1.Navigate to the Control Panel on Windows Start Menu.

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove a program).

3. A list of programs installed on your computer will appear. Search for suspicious and unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once a program you want to remove is located, double click to begin the uninstall process (or select the program and click Uninstall).

Step 2: Remove browser add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

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

2. Search for the extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the add-on, select it, and remove it.

Step 3: Remove Search.safesidesearch.com search engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove Search.safesidesearch.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove Search.safesidesearch.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to Search.safesidesearch.com search engine to remove it.

Step 4: Remove Search.safesidesearch.com homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove Search.safesidesearch.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove Search.safesidesearch.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove Search.safesidesearch.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.

Step 5: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and 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.

2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware program and click the Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.

3. When the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer to completely remove detected files.

If you are still having issues with malware 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 6: Clean up and repair settings

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

2. Open CCleaner and go to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Once complete click the Run Cleaner button.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, etc., all the way to Context Menu and click Disable and Delete once anything you do not recognize is found. This will help you locate and remove unwanted browser attachments and repair other settings.