The appearance of annoying Safe Save popup ads in your internet browser means that your computer is infected with an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). It makes changes to the machine settings and configures itself so as to start automatically each time the computer is turned on. Immediately after startup, the ad supported software begins to monitor the user’s actions and insert ads signed with “Safe Save”, “Ad by Safe Save”, “Powered by Safe Save” directly into the open windows of the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge. So, if you notice that your web browser has become display these annoying ads, then you do not need to wait . Follow the steps below and remove Safe Save ads as quickly as possible.
The ‘ad supported’ software usually affects only the Chrome, IE, Firefox and MS Edge by changing the web-browser’s settings or installing a malicious extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The ‘ad supported’ software will perform a scan of the computer for web-browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the internet browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you start the internet browser, you will see an annoying Safe Save pop-up ads.
What is more, the adware may open ads depend on a web page that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this ‘ad supported’ software, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The adware may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
So, obviously, you need to remove the ‘ad supported’ software ASAP. Use the free instructions below. This guide will help you clean your computer and thereby remove the Safe Save unwanted pop-up ads.
How did Safe Save pop-up ads get on your personal computer
How to manually remove Safe Save advertisements
This useful removal guide for the Safe Save pop-ups. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Safe Save adware let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
- Remove suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
- Delete Safe Save ads from Firefox
- Delete Safe Save pop-up ads from Google Chrome
- Remove Ad by Safe Save from IE
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete Safe Save ads
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Remove suspicious and unknown applications by using Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the computer cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious programs. Using the Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up your internet browser from ads, hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows key, click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then press “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It’ll show the Windows Control Panel.
- Click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- You will see a list of all installed applications.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Delete Safe Save ads from Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the unwanted Safe Save popup ads.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and press button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown on the screen below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation prompt, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the adware. Once it is done, click the “Finish” button
Delete Safe Save pop-up ads from Google Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Next, press the “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, like below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove Ad by Safe Save from IE
To get rid of the Safe Save advertisements you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your PC.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown on the screen below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
Once the procedure is complete, press “Close” button. Close the IE and reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete Safe Save ads
Once the adware is started, it can also change the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you open the web-browser, it will be redirected to an unwanted ad pages.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text which starts with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you open your computer, it will show Safe Save unwanted ads. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will open a dialog box which titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, like below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious programs. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to remove Safe Save ads automatically
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install this utility to detect Safe Save adware and remove it, from the link below. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the computer.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this task is finished, click “Scan Now” button to start checking your computer for the ‘ad supported’ software and malware. During the scan it will detect all threats present on your personal computer. In order to get rid of all threats, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about the Malwarebytes, we recommend you to read and follow the steps or the video guide below.
Stop Safe Save pop-ups and other unwanted web pages
To increase your security and protect your system against new unwanted ads and malicious web-pages, you need to use program that blocks access to dangerous ads and sites. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the downloading process is done, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is complete, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop popups, Ads by Safe Save, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Remove Safe Save advertisements and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes cannot remove the annoying Safe Save ads from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 30, 2021
After the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is opened, you will see a screen such as below.
Now, click the “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole machine to find out malicious extensions and ad-supported software that opens Safe Save pop-up ads. When it has finished scanning your personal computer, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK”. When the clean up is complete, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC system.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to remove adware, browser hijackers and other dangerous applications.
Now your PC should be free of the Safe Save advertisements. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and annoying malicious web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new dangerous applications and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete Safe Save pop-ups from your computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.