How to Remove Safe Finder From Mac

You don't need to keep it if you don't want to

Safe Finder is a type of Adware that can be installed as a browser extension and changes settings on your browser like the homepage and default search engine. It also presents constant pop-ups that can lead to more malware.

Safe Finder does not target a specific browser and can affect Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, etc.

How Is Safe Finder Installed?

You might be wondering, how this happen to your Mac. Unfortunately, malware can be installed on a device in many ways. Maybe you accessed a website and it installed in the background, or you simply opened an attachment containing it. In most cases, there's no need for the user to actually run the installer. Some malware have built-in scripts that will trigger the installation at user login or when launching an application like a browser.

Most of the time Safe Finder is added by the users themselves, thinking it's a trusted search engine powered by Yahoo. Some of the known URLs associated with this adware are:

  • search.safefinder.biz
  • search.safefinder.info
  • isearch.safefinder.net
  • search.safefinder.com
  • search.safefinderformac.com

Should I Remove Safe Finder?

Yes. Safe Finder claims to be a reliable search engine powered by Yahoo, but it's really adware and should be removed from your Mac as soon as possible.

Failing to remove it can open the gates to more malware on your device like a trojan virus, spyware, and more.

How to Remove Safe Finder From Mac?

Keep in mind that Safe Finder is installed as a browser extension, therefore, in order to get rid of it, you'll need to follow the same steps you would follow to manage and remove any extension on your preferred browser.

If you use the Safari browser, you have nothing to worry about. Starting with version 12.1, Safari doesn't allow the installation of an untrusted extension, so Safe Finder won't be able to run. On older versions of Safari, you can remove Safe Finder as you would any other extension on Safari.

Removing Safe Finder from Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.

  2. Click Menu > More Tools > Extensions.

  3. Click the toggle switch for every Safe Finder extension to disable them.

    The switch icon will be grey instead of blue when the extension is disabled.

  4. Once disabled, click Remove on each extension.

  5. Click Remove again when prompted to confirm the action.

  6. When the new tab opens, select the reason you removed the extension, then click Submit.

  7. Launch a new tab or window and confirm that Safe Finder is no longer the homepage and default search engine.