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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Safeplex Search

Safeplex Search is an extension created for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers that is meant to protect its users against “harmful online threats.” The extension, allegedly, introduces a custom web browsing experience, but the truth is that it is just another PUP (potentially unwanted program) that uses a well-known search engine to mask sponsored content. If you have not realized this yet, we talk about it more in this report. If you are not interested in learning about this extension, and all you want to do is delete it from your browsers, you can follow the simple, easy-to-follow guides below. However, if you want to understand better the risks you could face if you continue using this pseudo search engine, you should continue reading. By doing this, you can also learn about different Safeplex Search removal methods. If anything discussed in this report raises questions, do not hesitate to leave them in the comments section below. Our research team will address the issues you are facing as soon as possible.

Although Safeplex Search has an official download source, safeplexsearch.com, Google Chrome users can only download this suspicious extension from chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/safeplex-search/gajijndalcdgjliaganameeojfkofple (Chrome Web Store). Mozilla Firefox users can acquire the add-on straight from the website. According to the information found on this website, Safeplex Search is meant to ensure that you do not face malware, social engineering scams, unwanted software, potentially harmful applications, and miscellaneous threats. This list alone made our researchers raise their brows. On the flip side, it is stated that if you do not install the extension, viruses will go undetected, personal information will fall at risk, harmful software will remain invisible, threats will connect to your devices, and ransomware will attack. Basically, the creator of Safeplex Search is using intimidation tactics to make more gullible users initiate the installation. If you choose to install the PUP via the Chrome web store, you are informed that it can read and change your data, read browsing history, and also change search settings. This is where a lot of users stop and choose not to continue with the installation. This might also be a reason why some decide to delete the extension.

If you end up installing Safeplex Search, when you open your browser, you are introduced to a search engine linked to the PUP. The layout is very minimalistic, and the main objective here is to introduce you to a search dialog box. Besides that, the address bar is hijacked as well, and so whether you use the search dialog box or the address bar, you are always redirected in the same manner. Unfortunately, Safeplex Search redirects via its own page to search.yahoo.com. What’s wrong with Yahoo Search, you might ask. There is nothing wrong with Yahoo Search, but when a PUP or a hijacker can modify the results shown via this popular and well-known search engine, you are in trouble. Can you be 100% sure that all sponsored links are trustworthy? Of course, you cannot. The Privacy Policy introduced by Innover Group via the official download page informs that cookies are used to track information, and it can be used to deliver more personalized sponsored links. Ultimately, whether or not you find the ads injected into Yahoo Search to be attractive, we advise that you do not interact with them.

Have you already decided what you want to do? If you choose to delete Safeplex Search from your web browser, all you have to do is follow the instructions below. They are really easy to follow, and you might already know how to eliminate undesirable extensions yourself. If you choose this option, we strongly advise installing a free malware scanner to check your system for potential threats. While the PUP has an official download source, it also could be spread in software bundles, which means that it could be attached to unreliable programs that might require removal. Another option is to use anti-malware software. It might seem silly to invest in software for the removal of Safeplex Search, but although automatic PUP and malware removal is a feature of this software, its primary task is to protect your system. If it is not currently protected, you are at risk of facing real threats, such as ransomware, Trojans, keyloggers, and other PUPs.

Safeplex Search Removal

Google Chrome

  1. Launch the browser.
  2. Enter chrome://extensions/ into the address bar.
  3. Remove the undesirable extension.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch the browser.
  2. Enter about:addons into the address bar.
  3. Remove the undesirable extension.
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