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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Safe-web.tk by SafeWeb Studio is a browser hijacker that hides behind Google. This unreliable search tool uses Google custom search as its main search tool, and it also enables you to browse Wikipedia, Youtube, Yahoo, and Bing using the same box. Furthermore, this tool provides you with the Advanced Search option, as well as Language Tools that allows you making your search experience personalized. Although it appears to provide beneficial services, trusting this search tool is risky, especially if it has taken over your browsers without your permission. Was it installed with your permission? Well, did you install it packaged with other suspicious, questionable programs? If that is the case, we suggest analyzing these programs just to make sure that they are trustworthy. All in all, regardless of its infiltration method, we advise removing Safe-web.tk from your browsers as soon as possible.

It was found that Safe-web.tk usually attacks users located in Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and other countries in that geographical region. It does not seem that it is a threat to users located in Western countries. It is possible that this hijacker is distributed by installers that promote software that does not interest users living, for example, in the United States or the UK. Of course, this hijacker most definitely can corrupt your browser regardless of where you live, which is why you need to be very cautious not to let it in. According to our research, users can be redirected to this hijacker, as well as its clones (e.g., bingoweb.ga, see-hub.tk, and bettersearch.tk) by Globasearch.com. This is another browser hijacker that we reported in the past and that we, of course, recommend deleting from your operating system. If you are redirected to Safe-web.tk by this hijacker, you need to take care of its removal.

Google Custom Search promoted at cse.google.com is an authentic search tool that can be employed by different search tools to showcase the results of Google Search. Luckily, Safe-web.tk does not appear to modify these search results, which means that you will see the same results that you would by browsing search.google.com. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you can trust this browser hijacker. As you surf the web, information about your virtual activity will be collected and analyzed. Even though personally-identifiable information is unlikely to be recorded by this strange hijacker, it might analyze your activity to assist third-party advertisers. From time to time, this hijacker might introduce you to pop-ups suggesting you have won prizes or asking you to participate in a strange survey or play an online game. These third-party ads might be used to record contact information that could be used to reach you in the future. If you do not want your email inbox flooded with ads and suspicious spam emails, you should share it wisely. Needless to say, it is not wise to share it with unfamiliar advertisers.

According to our research, the devious Globasearch.com hijacker can be silently installed by malicious downloaders. The servers that could be employed by these downloaders include softdistribute.com, thefilehost.org, and extrahosted.com. The problem with third-party downloaders is they can introduce you to an array of different programs. If you notice that Safe-web.tk is not the only unreliable piece of software – we advise using a malware scanner to identify all threats – you should figure out how to get rid of the remaining unwanted programs. Needless to say, if extremely malicious infections were downloaded onto your computer, or if there are many unwanted programs, manual removal might be out of the question. Of course, that does not mean that you are in any kind of disadvantage.

Have you thought about installing authentic anti-malware software to delete Safe-web.tk and all other unreliable programs from your operating system? Although investing in anti-malware software might seem wasteful at the moment, this software can ensure reliable protection against all other threats as well. We suggest installing this software even if you are sure you can erase the unwanted hijacker manually. The guide below shows how to reset your browsers, as this is the quickest way to eliminate this hijacker. If you need further assistance, post a comment below explaining your issues, and we will try to help you shortly.

How to reset browsers

Internet Explorer:

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+T to expand the Tools menu.
  2. Select Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab and move to Reset Internet explorer settings.
  4. Click the Reset button.
  5. Mark the Delete personal settings box and click Reset again.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+H to expand the Help menu.
  2. Click Troubleshooting Information and move to Give Firefox a tune up.
  3. Click the Refresh Firefox button and click Refresh Firefox again.

Google Chrome:

  1. Simultaneously tap Alt+F to access the Chrome menu on the right.
  2. Select Settings to access the chrome://settings/ menu.
  3. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click the Reset settings button.
  5. Confirm your selection.
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