- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Sometimes even the simplest nuisance can lead you to a severe computer security issue. So if you encounter Safesearch.top on your browser, you should not ignore it. Of course, this search engine may look like the real deal, but if it arrived at your computer without your permission, it is an obvious intruder that should be taken care of.
In this description, we will tell you more about browser hijacker and this Safesearch.top intruder in particular. Our aim is to prove that browser hijackers should not be taken lightly. And it should be your objective to remove this program from your system ASAP.
First, let us talk about browser hijackers in general. Browser hijackers are a very common computer security threat. Those are programs that modify your browser’s settings behind your back. They usually change your homepage, search engine, and the new tab settings. What’s more, sometimes users allow these programs to perform the modifications themselves. They are not aware of that because of the way browser hijackers are distributed, but we have been seeing such cases increasingly often. A browser hijacker is no longer presented this dark and dangerous infection that can destroy your system. It is more of an annoying intruder that tricks users into installing it on their computers. And it usually takes just an ounce of attentiveness to avoid it.
Now, why are we talking about attentiveness here? Let us take a look at the distribution methods used by Safesearch.top to find out, shall we? Normally, browser hijackers do not have a direct distribution source. They often tend to come bundled with freeware. Our research suggests that Safesearch.top could also be distributed in software packages via file sharing pages. For instance, if you can, you should steer clear of such websites as malavida.es, descargar.es, filewon.com, filewin.com, and others. What’s more, the browser hijacker could also come via pop-ups and redirections to other websites.
You may encounter a so-called “redirect” when you land on an unfamiliar website and that website has a lot of outgoing links. It is very often that file sharing websites host outgoing links that can redirect users to pages that promote Safesearch.top and other similar programs. Also, there might be annoying pop-ups too that offer adding such programs to your browser. Quite often, users click such pop-ups because they want to close them immediately, and they accidentally add these third-party search providers to their browsers.
Since Safesearch.top is entirely in Hebrew, we can assume that the browser hijacker mostly targets users in Israel. However, do not be surprised to find it on your computer, too. As we all know, there is no such thing as national borders in the cyber space, and if you get exposed to the hijacker’s distribution network, you could easily get it on your PC, too.
Once the browser hijacker is on your system, it will modify your main browser’s settings. It will change your default search engine, and it will promote itself as an “advanced & clean search” engine. However, you will soon see that this browser hijacker displays a lot of third-party commercials, right below its search box. It also comes with shortcuts to PayPal, Facebook, eBay, Amazon, YouTube, and other websites, but you can easily add these sites to your browser’s shortcut bar, and there is no need to rely on a third-party program for them.
So it is obvious that Safesearch.top is highly intrusive and it can also inadvertently redirect you to unreliable third-party pages. Worse, the browser hijacker could be exploited by cyber criminals to promote malware, too. Albeit that is a highly unlikely case, you should not take such risks.
Removing Safesearch.top manually is not hard, and you can do that by following the instructions we have provided below. However, you are bound to have more potential threats installed on your computer, and you need to take care of them all. The best way to figure out how many unwanted programs you have is to scan your PC with the SpyHunter free scanner. After a full system scan, delete the potential threats automatically, and then safeguard your system against similar intruders in the future. And please remember to remain attentive when you browse unfamiliar websites.
How to Delete Safesearch.top