Here’s how to uninstall SafeFinder Search Bar using two free software tools. To remove SafeFinder, I tried a number of malware removal tools, and I found this combination to be the best option for me. I hope this works for you, too.
WARNING: Before you attempt to follow my instructions, please understand that I am not a software expert. I cannot guarantee that this process will completely remove SafeFinder from your computer. I am not making any claims that this process is safe, nor that you should attempt to try this removal process yourself.
I am only sharing what worked for me, so don’t blame me if something bad happens. You are 100% responsible, and I will not be held accountable for anything. If you don’t agree with this warning, then please don’t listen to me about how to remove SafeFinder.
Step-by-Step Process I used to remove SafeFinder:
Download CCleaner Version 4.06.4324
Here’s a link to the free download page, or search for one yourself: CCleaner
CCleaner download page looks like this…
CCleaner is a great program for more than just removing SafeFinder. Choose whatever version you prefer.
The free version is all I needed to help completely uninstall SafeFinder.
Save the file somewhere you’ll remember on your computer.
Download SpyBot Search & Destroy Version 2.4
Here’s a link to the free download page, or search for one yourself: SpyBot 2.4 Free Download
On the SpyBot download page, scroll down to the Ad-free download at Safer-Networking Ltd.
It looks like this…
Safer-Networking Ltd. is the company that developed SpyBot and they provide these links so you may download the SpyBot software without any advertising or download manager software that so many download websites force you to install. These links will immediately open a download panel on your computer – no nonsense.
Click on one of the available Download links.
Save the file somewhere you’ll remember on your computer.
Install the two new software programs.
Go to the CCleaner file you downloaded and Right Click on the file name.
Then click on “Run as administrator“.
Click “Yes” to allow CCleaner to make changes to your computer when asked.
Follow the instructions to install the CCleaner software.
Once installed, CCleaner may automatically be open (running). If so, close or exit the program.
Next, do the same installation process for SpyBot as you just did with CCleaner, but you’ll want SpyBot to stay open (running), or open it if it does not open automatically.
SafeFinder removal process – SpyBot operation
The first thing I did was run SpyBot to remove SafeFinder malware files.
When you open SpyBot, you should be on the Start Center.
Right Click on System Scan and then Click on Run as administrator.
Click “Yes” to allow SpyBot to make changes to your computer when asked.
Next, click “Start Scan“. The scan will begin and you can watch the progress in the center Progress window. Depending on how much information is on your computer, the scan may take a long while to completely uncover SafeFinder and other malware files. The progress window will keep you updated.
Once the scan is complete, you will see a list of malware files that should be removed from your computer. Don’t be surprised if the scan finds thousands of malware files. There are millions of these files installed on computers all across the world without anyone knowing about them.
I left the default settings alone, and simply clicked on, “Fix selected” which cleaned up the malware files within seconds.
Restart your computer, then go to Start / Control Panel / Programs and Features.
Click on the bar that says, “Name” to sort the list of programs alphabetically (if necessary).
Find the file named, “SafeFinder Search Bar” (or equivalent), and Click on it (once) and then Click, “Uninstall” from the menu above the list.
Alternatively, you can simply Right Click on the program name, and a small window will open that includes the Uninstall option.
Agree to uninstall SafeFinder when asked.
After SafeFinder has been removed, close the Programs and Features window.
SafeFinder removal process – CCleaner operation
The next thing I did was run CCleaner to remove additional SafeFinder malware files.
Open CCleaner and click on the Registry Button on the left panel.
Then Click on, “Scan for Issues“.
The software will now scan your computer for files that should be removed. Once again, do not be alarmed if hundreds of files are found.
Once the scan is completed, leave everything the software finds selected, and Click on, “Fix selected issues“.
The image above is from the Pro version of CCleaner. The free version should work just as well.
The next thing that will happen is the program will ask if you want to save a copy (backup) of the current registry. Do it! It doesn’t matter where you save the backup, as long as you know where it is should you ever need to restore the registry.
Now, Scan For Issues Again! You may need to perform these scans a few times before all of the issues are removed. I continued running this process until there were no issues found. [I did not save a registry backup copy each time, only the first time I run the scan.]
After no registry issues were found I ran the Cleaner…
Click on the Cleaner Button on the left panel… Click on Analyze and wait for the program to scan your computer.
Once the program stops, Click on “Run Cleaner“.
Just like during the Registry cleaning process above, I repeated the Cleaning process until no issues were found.
Restart your computer. Assuming everything happened as it did for me, SafeFinder is now removed from your computer.
To test your system, go to Start / Control Panel / Programs and Features to prove SafeFinder is no longer installed.
Note: You may also need to reset your browser settings since SafeFinder hijacks some features there as well. Just search Google for information on how to reset your specific browser (Chrome, FireFox, InternetExplorer).
I hope this process works well for you, too.