How to Remove Safe Finder From Mac

Here's how to quickly and easily remove the adware from a Mac.

Safe Finder is a type of Adware that may be installed as a browser extension. With the power to adjust browser settings, it can change your preferred homepage, search engine, and other options. It also displays 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, and others.

How Is Safe Finder Installed?

Malware can be installed on a device in a variety ways. It may be downloaded in the background from a website you visited, or it may have be downloaded as part of an email attachment. In most cases, there's no need for the user to actually run the installer. Some malware programs have built-in scripts that trigger the installation once a user logs in or launches a specific application like a web browser.

Most of the time Safe Finder is added by users themselves, mistakenly assuming it is 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, such as a trojan virus, spyware, and other malicious software.

How to Remove Safe Finder From a Mac

Safe Finder is installed as a browser extension. 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 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 Safari extension.

Remove Safe Finder from Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.

    Search screen for SafeFinder
  2. Select Menu > More Tools > Extensions.

    where to find the Extensions option in Chrome
  3. Select the toggle switch for each Safe Finder extension to disable them.

    SafeFinder in Chrome

    A blue switch icon indicates the extension is engaged. Gray means it is disabled.

  4. Once disabled, select Remove on each extension.

    Remove button on SafeFinder
  5. Select Remove again when prompted to confirm the action.

    Remove button to remove Safe Finder extension
  6. When the new tab opens, you can select the reason you removed the extension, then select Submit.

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

Remove Safe Finder from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.

    Firefox
  2. Select Menu (indicated by three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner) and then Add-ons.

    Firefox Add-ons setting
  3. Select the options menu for each Safe Finder add-on (indicated by three horizontal dots).

  4. Select either Disable or Remove.