How to remove “Settingsafari.com” (Virus Removal Guide)

Settingsafari.com is a browser hijacker that modifies existing internet browser settings in order to cause affected web browser to start-up on and redirect to settingsafari.com. The settingsafari.com hijacker will modify the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine. Once this occurs the affected browser will start-up on settingsafari.com, new tab windows will open on settingsafari.com, and searches performed in the browser’s address bar will redirect to the website.

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The settingsafari.com website is linked to tech-support fraud and various Apple tech-support scams. if you are reddirected to settingsafari.com in your browser you will be presented with multiple pop-up messages that make it difficult to close the browser window. One of the messages will claim that potential threats have been detected on your computer and will try to trick victims into calling a dubious tech-support number. The dubious tech support number promoted by the deceptive message is currently 1-844-489-0823.

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Potential Thread Detected! warning:

YOUR Apple Device (iPhone or iPad) May Have ADWARE / SPYWARE VIRUS

Call Apple Tech Support +1-844-489-0823 immediately for assistance on how to remove the virus. The call is toll-free.

Programs and browser attachments associated with this webiste will essentially hijack your homepage, new tab page, and internal search engine. This is why this type of infection is referred to as a browser hijacker. The objects are usually native to the website and not form a third-party. The website contains advertisements and sponsored search results in order to generate revenue. The website may also redirect search results to a third-party search engine which it can generate advertisement revenue from via cost-per-click search results.

In order to stop your browser from redirecting to www.settingsafari.com and remove malicious threats from your computer you must uninstall native programs, remove associated browser attachments, and perform other simple steps we discuss in this removal guide. A good way to ensure this infection never occurs again is to purchase an Anti-Malware product like Malwarebytes with real-time protection.

Symptoms

  • Pop-up, pop-under, banner, and in-text advertisements
  • Browser redirects to settingsafari.com and other websites
  • Slow and sluggish computer
  • Decreased internet connectivity, functionality, and performance
  • Bundles with or is advertised alongside malware and other potentially unwanted programs

Settingsafari.com (Virus Removal Guide)

This settingsafari.com virus removal guide will help you remove settingsafari.com, viruses, malware, and other threats from your computer and browser.

Step 1: Uninstall potentially unwanted programs

The first step to remove this browser hijacker is to uninstall all potentially unwanted programs and native applications from your computer if there are associated executable.

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

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove a program) in the Programs section.

3. The Programs and Features window will open. This window contains a list of programs installed on your computer. Search for suspicious and unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once a program you want to remove is located, double click it to begin the uninstall process (or select the program and click Uninstall). To sort programs that were recently installed on your computer click the “Installed On” tab. This makes it easier to identify problematic programs that may have been contracted around the same time you started to notice symptoms of this infection.

Step 2: Remove browser add-ons and extensions

The second step to remove this browser hijacker is to remove native browser add-ons and extensions that can be used to change your browser settings. Once these attachments are removed the infection may be disabled from affecting your browser; However, it does not mean that the infection or malicious traces have been removed from your computer.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list and click the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons and click Remove next to each one.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons, select one individually with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for suspicious extensions in the list and click the Uninstall button next to each one.

Step 3: Remove Settingsafari.com search engine

The third step to remove this browser hijacker is to manually remove the search engine from your browser. In some cases, this will be unnecessary because uninstalling the associated program and/or removing the associated browser attachment may automatically disable this setting and change it back to how it was before.

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove Settingsafari.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 Settingsafari.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 Settingsafari.com search engine to remove it.

Step 4: Remove Settingsafari.com homepage

The fourth step to remove this browser hijacker is to manually remove the search engine from  your homepage. This also could be unnecessary because uninstalling the associated program and/or removing the associated browser attachment may automatically disable this setting and change it back to how it was before.

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove Settingsafari.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 Settingsafari.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 Settingsafari.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.

Step 5: Scan your computer for malware

The fifth step to remove this browser hijacker is to scan your computer and remove detections with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software. This will locate and eradicate any existing malicious and potentially malicious files from your computer.

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

Step 6: Clean up and repair settings

The sixth step to remove this browser hijacker is to cleanup and repair settings on your computer and browser with CCleaner by Piriform. This will help get rid of junk files, registry entries, and disable features set by this hijacker and potential threats it may bundle with.

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.


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 remove leftover files and automatically repair corrupted settings.