What is Browse Safely

Browse Safely is promoted as an ostensibly useful extension meant to advance your browsing experience. In fact, it is classified as a browser hijacker, which configures the settings to change your search engine to browsesafelysearch.com and read whatever your enter during browser usage. Along with this, Browse Safely is likely to add a New Tab your browser will start with. Such changes are impossible to undo due to certain settings configured by Browse Safely inside of your system. In other words, there might also be an unwanted program that reinstalls Browse Safely even if you delete it from the list of extensions. Despite Browse Safely adds its own search engine, it does not generate any results. What it does is simply copying search queries from legitimate Yahoo.com (search.yahoo.com). Thus, it is pointless to have Browse Safely part of your browsing life. Moreover, it can capture valuable data like passwords or IP addresses to make a profit on its sales to other figures. This is why it is necessary to remove Browse Safely from your computer without any traces. To do this, follow our tutorial below.

How Browse Safely infected your computer

Software that promotes the installation of unwanted extensions is usually distributed via “bundled” programs. This distribution technique is more known around free, cracked, and pirated programs. Users download them from unreliable websites that are paid for promoting additional programs. These programs end up inside of installation setups within “Advanced” or “Custom” sections. Sadly, most users skip over these sections or agree with “Recommended” types of installation instead of “Manual” ones. As a result, the majority of users end up getting infected with unwanted software. Thus, a great solution towards dodging such threats in the future is being more careful whilst using free installers from third-party websites. It is also worth mentioning that Potentially Unwanted Programs can be advertised via intrusive ads scattered around the web. Below, we have given a broader look on how to protect yourself against such distribution methods in the future.

  1. Download Browse Safely Removal Tool
  2. Remove/Uninstall Browse Safely from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove Browse Safely extensions from browsers
  4. Reset browser search and homepage settings
  5. Block Browse Safely search redirects
  6. How to protect from threats like Browse Safely

Download Removal Tool for Windows

Download Removal Tool

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To remove Browse Safely completely, we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Browse Safely and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download CleanMyMac

To remove Browse Safely completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Browse Safely and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from browsers.

Remove Browse Safely manually for free

Here is the manual step-by-step tutorial for full Browse Safely removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Browse Safely installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Browse Safely from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Browse Safely you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Browse Safely”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Mac.

Remove Browse Safely from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Browse Safely might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag Browse Safely from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove Browse Safely from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Browse Safely or other recently installed suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Browse Safely from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Browse Safely or other recently installed suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Browse Safely from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Browse Safely or other recently installed suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Browse Safely from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Browse Safely from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Browse Safely or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Browse Safely or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Browse Safely

In some cases, Browse Safely won’t uninstall and gives you a message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Browse Safely. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Browse Safely folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Browse Safely in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Browse Safely or other recently installed suspicious program

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall Browse Safely using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Browse Safely. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Browse Safely from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Browse Safely.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Browse Safely from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has browser extension and it may still be active in Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Browse Safely related extensions from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Browse Safely extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Browse Safely extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Browse Safely extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Browse Safely from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Browse Safely, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable or Browse Safely extension.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Browse Safely does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Browse Safely extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Remove following files, folders and registry keys

Files and folders:


C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcfmgcffbobkodpgehgkppiclknnnoad
config.js
jquery.js
background.js
computed_hashes.json
verified_contents.json

Registry keys


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings
"mcfmgcffbobkodpgehgkppiclknnnoad"="REG_SZ"
"3B5C87F138C509B15D220DC9253EA502A0E3A4C25E5B071A216B71164D551629"

How to block ads and pop-ups from Browse Safely

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Browse Safely push notifications, in most cases, are caused by a program installed on your PC or add-on installed in browsers. However, sometimes it can appear on a clean computer when visiting a malicious website, using an advertising script. Also, apps that generate “Browse Safely” ads and banners are themselves installed from pop-ups. To protect your PC and browsers from phishing websites, pop-up ads, banners, malicious scripts it is recommended to use AdGuard. Download free trial here:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs, like Browse Safely, may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and anti-malware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats, like Browse Safely.

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