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Threat indicator: HIGH

Threat's profile

Name of the threat:

Command or file name:

Threat type:

Affected OS:

Affected browsers:

SafeSearch

??plorer.exe

Hijacker

Win32 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari



SafeSearch intrusion method

Usually SafeSearch comes bundled with freeware downloads. During installation you can be offered to change default homepage and search engine to SafeSearch. SafeSearch copies its file(s) to your hard disk. Its typical file name is ??plorer.exe. Then it creates new startup key with name SafeSearch and value ??plorer.exe. You can also find it in your processes list with name ??plorer.exe or SafeSearch. Also, it can create folder with name SafeSearch under C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData. If you have further questions about SafeSearch, please ask below. You can use programs to remove SafeSearch from your browsers below.


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* Removal Tool was developed to remove SafeSearch-related issues in automatic mode. Remover has active module to protect PC from hijackers. Program was tested on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Trial version of Removal Tool provides detection of computer threats like SafeSearch for FREE.


Features of Removal Tool

* Removes all files created by SafeSearch.

* Removes all registry entries created by SafeSearch.

* You can activate System and Network Guards and forget about malware.

* Can fix browser problems and protect browser settings.

* Removal is guaranteed - if Removal Tool fails ask for FREE support.

* 24/7 Spyware Helpdesk Support included into the package.


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Download antimalware designed specifically to remove threats like SafeSearch and ??plorer.exe (download of fix will start immediately):

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Features of Stronghold Antimalware

* Removes all files created by SafeSearch.

* Removes all registry entries created by SafeSearch.

* Fixes browser redirection and hijack if needed.

* "Toolbar Remover" tool will help you get rid of unwanted browser extensions.

* Removal is guaranteed - if Stronghold AntiMalware fails ask for FREE support.

* 24/7 Helpdesk Support and 5 hours of Remote Support via GoToAssist included into the package.

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* Technical details of SafeSearch threat.

* Manual SafeSearch removal.

* Download SafeSearch Removal Tool.


How to remove SafeSearch manually

This problem can be solved manually by deleting all registry keys and files connected with SafeSearch, removing it from starup list and unregistering all corresponding DLLs. Additionally missing DLL's should be restored from distribution in case they are corrupted by SafeSearch.

To get rid of SafeSearch, you should:


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1. Kill the following processes and delete the appropriate files:


• safesearch.exe
• safe-share.exe
• _safesearch.dll

Warning: you should delete only those files which checksums are listed as malicious. There may be valid files with the same names in your system. We recommend you to use SafeSearch Removal Tool for safe problem solution.


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2. Delete the following malicious folders:


• %programfiles%\safe-share\


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3. Delete the following malicious registry entries and\or values:


  • Key: CLSID\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001}
  • Key: safesearch.safesearchbho
  • Key: software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects
    \{23bc1ccf-4be7-497f-b154-6ada68425fbb}

    Value: @
  • Key: software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects
    \{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001}
  • Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SafeSearch
  • Key: Interface\{28E6CCE2-3F2C-4B3D-9CB4-2FC8715A3ECE}
  • Key: safesearch.safesearchbho.1
  • Key: software\classes\clsid\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001}
  • Key: Typelib\{82E9DE01-D860-40E4-B9C1-91F0E8272962}
  • Key: Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
    Value: {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001}

Warning: if value is listed for some registry entries, you should only clear these values and leave keys with such values untouched. We recommend you to use SafeSearch Removal Tool for safe problem solution.


Uninstall SafeSearch related programs from Control Panel

We recommend you to check list of installed programs and search for SafeSearch entry or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below are instructions for different version if Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If SafeSearch won't uninstall or gives you error message that you do not have sufficient rights to do this perform below instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking or use SafeSearch Removal Tool.


Windows 10


  • Click on the Start menu and choose Settings

  • Then click on System and choose Apps & Features in the left column

  • Find SafeSearch under in the list and click Uninstall button near it.

  • Confirm by clicking Uninstall button in opened window if necessary.



Windows 8/8.1


  • Right click on the bottom left corner of the screen (while on your desktop)

  • In the menu choose Control Panel

  • Click Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.

  • Locate programs that can be connected with SafeSearch or other related suspicious program.

  • Click Uninstall button.

  • Wait until uninstall process is complete.


Windows 7/Vista


  • Click Start and choose Control Panel.

  • Choose Programs and Features and Uninstall a program.

  • In the list of installed programs find entries related to SafeSearch

  • Click Uninstall button.


Windows XP


  • Click Start

  • In the menu choose Control Panel

  • Choose Add / Remove Programs.

  • Find SafeSearch related entries.

  • Click Remove button.


Remove SafeSearch related extensions from your browsers

SafeSearch in some cases can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option Toolbar Remover under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to remove unwanted browser extensions related to SafeSearch. We recommend you to perform scan your PC with Removal Tool or Stronghold AntiMalware. To remove extenions from your browsers manually do the following:


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Internet Explorer


  • While in Internet Explorer click cogwheel icon in the top right corner

  • In the menu choose the Manage Add-ons

  • Select Toolbar and Extension tab.

  • Choose add-on possibly related to SafeSearch or other related adware BHO.

  • Click Disable button.

Warning: This option will only disable unwanted plugin. For effective SafeSearch removal use SafeSearch Removal Tool.


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Google Chrome


  • Start Google Chrome.

  • In the address bar type chrome://extensions/

  • In the list of add-ons find related to SafeSearch and click recycle bin icon.

  • Confirm SafeSearch removal.


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Mozilla Firefox


  • Open Firefox

  • In the address bar type about:addons

  • Click Extensions tab.

  • In the list of extension locate ones related to SafeSearch.

  • Click Remove button near it.


Reset browsers search and homepage settings

SafeSearch can affect your browsers which results in browser redirection or search hijack. We recommend you to use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to reset all the browsers at once. Mention that you need to remove all files and kill all processes belonging to SafeSearch before doing this. To reset your browsers manually and restore your homepage perform the following steps:


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Internet Explorer


  • If you use Windows XP, click Start, and then click Run. Type the following in the Open box without quotes, and press Enter: "inetcpl.cpl"

  • If you use Windows 7 or Windows Vista, click Start. Type the following in the Search box without quotes, and press Enter: "inetcpl.cpl"

  • Click the Advanced tab

  • In Reset Internet Explorer settings, click Reset. Click Reset in opened window again.

  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox to remove browsing history, search providers, homepage

  • After Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box


Warning: In case this option will not work use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.


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Google Chrome


  • Go to the installation folder of Google Chrome: C:\Users\"your username"\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\User Data.

  • In the User Data folder, look for a file named as Default and rename it to DefaultBackup.

  • Launch Google Chrome and a new clean Default file will be created.

Warning: This option might not work if in Google Chrome you use online synchronization between PCs. In this case use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.


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Mozilla Firefox


  • Open Firefox

  • Go to Help > Troubleshooting Information in menu.

  • Click the Reset Firefox button.

  • After Firefox is done, it will show a window and create folder on the desktop. Click Finish.


Warning: This option will also clean all your account passwords for all websites. If you don't want it use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.

Information provided by: Aleksei Abalmasov

Here are the descriptions of problems connected with SafeSearch and ??plorer.exe we received earlier:

Problem Summary: can't access sites

please take safeserve off my phone...i can't access the internet sites i want to go to.

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: safesearch.net virus

when I open internet explorer it isn't the write page and up in my broeser it say's safesearch.net so anything I do gets redirected somewhere else

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: not responding

my internet isn't resonding

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: please take safesearch OFF my freakin phone

Can 't download or evan g o to a porn site

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: this program is a real anoyance

I belive that I unknowingly downloaded " www.safe search.net " it's been a problem for over a mounth. What it does is redirects my browser to a page that tells me that my browser has to shut down because it has run into this web page. I've tried all the remedies but they all seam to go nowhere. I just can't get rid of it. I'm using Windows 7 home premium. I experience this problem mostly with internet explorer but it has also happend with google chrome Thanks for your time and I hope I hear back from you. "1mikegerwig@gmail.com"

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: i dont want safe search on my phone.

I don't want safe search on my phone

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: Removal of Safe Search

I need the Safe Search Application removed, and the Icon to discontinue appearing on my monitor.

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: safesearch

On Google I try to look up sex stuff and the safesearch tells me that it is restricted and I have done what it says to turn off safesearch but it still wont let me look buy it says ssfesearch is off.

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: SafeSearch was not removed after running removal tool three times.

Having purchased SafeSearch Removal Tool and running it three times, Internet Explorer still opens SafeSearch homepage.
What next? Also no email confirmation of purchase.

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

Problem Summary: how to get rid of safe serch net

how to get rid of safe serch

Problem was successfully solved. Ticket was closed.

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