How to Remove SaferSurf Hyperlink Ads – (Removal Help)

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Question.

I am getting some hyperlinked texts when I visit any website, it shows a pop-up when I move my mouse pointer on it. It says “ads by SaferSurf”. It’s not shown in Google chrome when I open this same page with that. As I understand, I think it is a browser problem, something has happened with my Firefox. How to Remove SaferSurf Hyperlink Ads I don’t know how do I restore as before. Should I reinstall my Firefox? Please help me. I often use Firefox.

Solved Answer.

You are right, SaferSurf has installed in your Firefox as a plugin and then taken over all the settings of the browser. Actually, after installed it, you get some changes on Firefox, you get some hyperlinked texts which are linked to SaferSurf advertisements. You’ll get the same advertisement on all webistes. Safersurf  has taken over all the space of advertisement and put their own ads on there. They  just wants your clicks on their advertisments so that they can earn more. That’s why It is categorized as an Ad-ware, browser hijacker, PUP. We recommend you that please uninstall it immediately from your computer. We are giving you the complete removal steps of SaferSurf, removal steps are listed below.

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Once you get infected by SaferSurf, you may get lots of other changes to your Firefox browser setting. Like: you may get change your home page, default search setting, DNS redirection, URL redirection, search provider and lots of more setting maybe change. As SaferSurf is an Ad-ware program you should urgently remove it from Firefox’s add-ons.

SaferSurf has came into the computer through free softwares, maybe you did download any software from 3rd party downloading websites. Actually these types of websites added their sponsored addons along with that. So please avoid downloading anything from 3rd party downloading website, you should download it from their own website.

You get SaferSurf install into your computer after install Free softwares even you can’t feel that a program which called SaferSurf has installed in the background of that. Actually, they prompt to you something to install into the computer through agreements, so for a time, do not allow any user agreement without reading, if you don’t feel that it is right so you can deny that.
How to get rid of SaferSurf?

In order to remove it from your computer, you should use our below listed instructions because we have listed two methods to remove it from your computer. First is the automatic method and second is the manual method.

Removal Instructions

Automatic Fixit

Download Adware Remover Tool v3.8 to remove Safersurf Ads Automatically, It’s a Freeware utility specially designed for Adware Removal. This tool can remove most of the Adwares from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla Firefox and from their registry traces as well..

TSA_Fixit

Adware-Removal-Tool-v3.8.exe


Manual Steps

Step 1 : To Uninstall Safersurf Ads from computer

  • Click on Start button and then click on Control Panel.
  • Now click on Programs –> Uninstall a program or Program and Features (Windows-7, 8, Vista).
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Uninstall a program for Vista, 7, 8

 

  • For Windows XP users click on Add/Remove Programs.
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Uninstall a program for Windows xp
  • You will get a window which have listed all the installed programs.
  • Uninstall Safersurf Ads from there.
  • Also do uninstall all the programs which are listed in Suspicious Programs list below, if you find any installed into your computer. Because all these programs are unwanted. You should uninstall all them immediately if you found any.
Uninstall all unwanted programs
Uninstall all unwanted programs

 

Suspicious Programs list

  • Safersurf Ads
  • Browser defender
  • Browser protect
  • Browser protected by conduit
  • Delta search, Babylon
  • LessTabs
  • WebCake 3.0
  • Yealt
  • LyricsContainer
  • VideoSaver
  • AddLyrics
  • privacy safe gaurd
  • unfriend checker
  • Price peep today
  • Coupon amazine
  • TidyNetwork.com
  • DownloadTerms 1.0
  • Yontoo
  • Uninstall all the unwanted programs, which are not listed here.


 

Step 2 : To Remove Safersurf Ads from Internet Explorer.

Step 2.1 : Remove Safersurf Ads add-ons from Internet Explorer.

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (press “F10” key once to active menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened
  • click on Programs tab then click on Manage Addons, now you’ll get a window which have listed all the installed addons.
  • Now disable the Safersurf Ads add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted addons from this list. (As per below screenshot).

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Step 2.2 : Reset Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active the menu bar), click on Internet Option. A internet option window will open.
  • For IE9, IE10 users may click on Gear iconIE Gear Icon . Then click on tools.
  • Click on Advanced tab,then click onRESET button.
  • Now you will get a new popup for confirmation, tick mark on Delete personal setting then click on RESET button on that. (As shown on below screenshot)
  • Now your Internet Explorer has been Restored to default settings.

Internet Explorer Reset2

  • Now you will appear a popup stated “complete all the tasks”. After completion click on close button.


Step 3 : To Remove Safersurf Ads from Mozilla Firefox

Step 3.1 : Remove Safersurf Ads from add-ons

  • Open Firefox and then go the Tools menu (Press “F10” key once to active Menu bar) click on Add-ons, you’ll get a page click on extensions from the left side pane. now look on right side pane you‘ll get all the installed add-ons listed on there. Disable or Remove Safersurf Ads add-on, also disable all the unknown / unwanted add-ons from there. (As per below screen shot)

remove-unwanted-addons-from-firefox

Step 3.2 : Reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox and then go the Helpmenu (Press “F10” key once to Menu baractive )
  • Go to Help menu then click on “Troubleshooting information”
    Note: you can also open this page in this ways, open Firefox then type this command in the address bar “about:support” (without quote) and then hit enter or OK.
  • You will get a page “Troubleshooting information” page, here you will get “Reset Firefox” option in the right side of the page.
  • Click on Reset Firefox option. and follow their instruction to reset.
  • Now your Mozilla Firefox has been Restored to default settings.

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Firefox Reset2


Step 4 : To Remove Safersurf Ads from Google Chrome

Step 4.1 : Remove unwanted homepage & search engine from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), click on Settings. You will get a configuration page.
  • Under configuration page find a option named as “Open a specific page or set of pages” click on their Set Pages. A another window will come up. Here you will appear the bunch of URL’s under “Set pages”. Delete all them and then enter only one which you want to use as your home page.
Google Chrome Homepage step1
Google Chrome Homepage Reset step1
Google Chrome Homepage2
Google Chrome Homepage reset step 2
  • In the same configuration page click on Manage search engines button. Delete all the search engines from there, just keep only www.goole.com as your default search Engine.
Google Chrome Homepage3
Google Chrome search engine step 3
Google Chrome Homepage4
Google Chrome search engine step 4
Google Chrome Homepage5
Google Chrome search engine Step5

Step 4.2 : Remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), then click on Tools then, click on Extensions. (As shown on below screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions1

  • You will get a configuration page. which have listed all the installed extensions, Remove Safersurf Ads extension & also remove all the unknown / unwanted extensions from there. To remove them, click on remove (recycle bin) icon Google Chrome remove extensions button(as shown on screenshot)

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Step 4.3 : Reset Google Chrome

  1. Close all Google Chrome browser’s window.
  2. Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) on your keyboard , you’ll get Run box.
  3. For windows xp: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.For windows 7,8,vista: Copy and Paste this following command: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default in Run box then click on OK button. You’ll get a Google chrome profile location in windows explorer.
  4. In the default folder location, Rename a file, named as “Preferences“ to “Preferences.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Preferences file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Preferences file, now rename the text “Preferences” to “Preferences.old”)
  5. In the same default folder location, Rename one more file, named as “Web Data“ to “Web Data.old“.
    (Note: to do that right-click on Web Data file and click on rename option you’ll get a edit box of Web Data file, now rename the text “Web Data” to “Web Data.old”)
  6. Now start your Google chrome, it should be restored to default settings.


Step 5 : To Remove Safersurf Ads from Registry

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “REGEDIT” into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a registry editor window.
  • In the registry editor, click on Edit menu and then click on find option, you’ll get edit box to search any string into registry editor
  • Type “Safersurf Ads” into the find box and then click on Find Next.
  • The search result will highlight the key or value which have contains the Safersurf Ads string.
  • Now delete the Registry Key/Value/Value-Data if any one contains “Safersurf Ads” string (must see the example screenshot below)
    Note:– Do not delete the complete value data, just delete the Safersurf Ads path only (for example see screenshot3 below)
  • Use F3 key to find Next. and do the last step to all results.
  • We are giving you the example on “Conduit” Adware.

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Step 6 : To Remove Safersurf Ads from Autorun Tasks

  • Click on Start button and then do Right-Click on the computer and then do left-click on Manage. A manage window will appear.
  • In the manage window click on Tasks Scheduler from right side pane, then click on “Task Scheduler Library“, Now look on left side pane and Remove all the Tasks which have contains Safersurf Ads string and also remove all the unknown / unwanted tasks from there (As per the screenshot below).

scheduled-tasks-removal


Step 7 : To Remove Safersurf Ads from Startup

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG into the run box then click on OK. You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Startup tab, here you’ll get all the startup entries, so look on the list and then do Un-check the entries which is contains Safersurf Ads. Also Un-check all the others entries which you found unwanted. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

remove-unwanted-startup


Step 8 : To Remove Safersurf Ads from Services

  • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) you will get Run box then type “MSCONFIG” into the run box then click on OK. . You’ll get a msconfig window.
  • In the msconfig window click on Services tab, here you’ll get all the startup services list, click on “Hide Windows Services” all the windows related services will be hidden. now it’s only display the 3rd party installed services, now look on the list and then do Un-check the service which have contains Safersurf Ads. Also Un-check all the unknown / unwanted services. then click on OK to apply all the changes.

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Step 9 : To remove Safersurf Ads registry entries with Adwcleaner.exe

Here is the proper step-by-step guide to remove any adware from registry, please follow the steps.

9.1 : Download AdwCleaner from the below link.

Click Here to Download: Adwcleaner.exe

9.2 : Run that downloaded file (Adwcleaner.exe).

9.3 : When you get it started, click on scan button to search the Safersurf Ads files and registry entries (As shown below screenshot).

adwcleaner-scanning-process

9.5: When scanning process will be finished, click on Clean button to delete all the Safersurf Ads files and registry entries (as shown on below screenshot)

adwcleaner-cleanup-process

Step 10 : To remove Safersurf Ads with Hitman-Pro

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x32bit.exe

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x64bit.exe

Hitmanpro-found-adware

 

Step 11 : To remove Safersurf Ads with Malwarebytes.

11.1 : Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then double click on it to install it.

Click Here to Download Malwarebytes.exe

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11.2 : Update online Virus Definition

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11.3 : Tick mark on “Perform quick scan” then click on Scan

11.4 : When the scan done click on “Show results”How to use malwarebytes

11.5 : After clicking on Show result it will you a another window where you will get the found threats. Click on “Remove Selected”

How to use malwarebytes

 

1 Comment
  1. Luke says

    Excellent article, particularly for those who aren’t computer savvy like me!

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