How to Remove Safe.v9.com virus (Removal Guide)

Safe.v9.com is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will change your browser homepage and default search engine to safe.v9.com.
This in itself is not considered malicious as there are many legitimate programs that change these settings as well. What is considered malicious, though, is that it will also append the argument http://safe.v9.com/ to random Windows shortcuts on your desktop and your Windows Start Menu.
[Image: Safe V9 virus]
Safe.v9.com will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. The safe.v9.com hijack is used to boost advertising revenue, as in the use of blackhat SEO, to inflate a site’s page ranking in search results.

Safe.v9.com it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

safe.v9.com homepage got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install Vplay, you will also agree to change your default browser homepage and default search engine to safe.v9.com.
However when you uninstall Vplay from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove safe.v9.com homepage from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this safe.v9.com hijacker. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

Safe.v9.com redirect- Virus Removal Guide

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove safe.v9.com from your Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Remove safe.v9.com redirect from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome
STEP 2: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by safe.v9.com
STEP 3: Remove safe.v9.com browser hijacker from your computer with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 4: Remove safe.v9.com malicious files with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and HitmanPro


STEP 1: Remove safe.v9.com redirect from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

Remove Safe.v9.com from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings to remove Safe.v9.com redirect
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove Safe.v9.com from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Safe.v9.com from Google Chrome

  1. Remove Safe V9 extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove Proxy Tool and any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
    Basically, if you have not installed an extension, you should remove it from your web browser.
    [Image: Safe V9 Chrome extension]
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from Softonic Web Search to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image:Safe.v9.com Chrome hijack]
    Search for V9 Search in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: Safe.v9.com Chrome removal]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from safe.v9.com to its default.
    Conduit has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 2: Clean up the various Windows shortcuts that have been hijacked by safe.v9.com

  1. Search for your browser shortcut (Desktop, Taskbar or Start Menu Shortcut), then right click on it and select Properties.
    [Image: Firefox Shortcut properties][Image: taskbar shortcut hijacker]
  2. In the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, remove the http://www.safe.v9.com argument. Basically, there should be only the path to browser executable file. Nothing more.
    [Image: safe.v9.com search shortcut hijack]

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove the safe.v9.com search shortcut hijack, you can download Shortcut Cleaner from the below link, and then you’ll just need to run this utility to fix your Windows shortcuts. When it is done, it will show you a log that contains a list of shortcuts that were cleaned.
SHORTCUT CLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new webpage from where you can download Shortcut Cleaner on your computer)


STEP 3: Remove safe.v9.com hijacker from your computer

To remove all the safe.v9.com registry keys, files and folders from your computer, we will need to run a scan with the AdwCleaner and Junkware Removal Tool utilities.

Run a computer scan with AdwCleaner to remove safe.v9.com

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for safe.v9.com malicious files and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    [Image: AdwCleaner Icon]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Search button as shown below.
    [Image: AdwCleaner scanning for safe.v9.com]
    The program will now start to search for safe.v9.com malicious files that may be installed on your computer. When it has finished it will display a notepad screen that contains a log file of all the safe.v9.com extensions, files, and registry keys that have been detected. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed, please close the Notepad window and continue with the next step.
  4. To remove the safe.v9.com malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Delete button on the AdwCleaner screen.
    [Image: Adwcleaner removing safe.v9.com]
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
  5. AdwCleaner will now delete all detected adware from your computer. When it is done it will display an alert that explains what PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware are. Please read through this information and then press the OK button. You will now be presented with an alert that states AdwCleaner needs to reboot your computer.
    Please click on the OK button to let AdwCleaner reboot your computer.

Remove safe.v9.com hijack with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove safe.v9.com virus from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the safe.v9.com.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for safe.v9.com virus]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 4: Remove safe.v9.com virus from your computer

Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to remove safe.v9.com malicious files

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the safe.v9.com malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for safe.v9.com as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for safe.v9.com virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing safe.v9.com]

Double-check for the safe.v9.com infection with HitmanPro

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for safe.v9.com malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for safe.v9.com virus
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the Next button, to remove safe.v9.com adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the safe.v9.com infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove safe.v9.com hijacker from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • aaaa

    thank u soooooooooooo much

  • Steve

    Thank you SO MUCH!!! I never thought to check the shortcuts.

  • L V SRINIVASA RAO

    Thanks, it working, very good post

  • ghanshyam

    great dude ur effort is appreciated…..thank you very much

  • ALI MAMOON RIZWAN

    Thanks
    LOve u

  • Ayesha Adkar

    Thank you so much!
    Seeing that homepage was a total pain…
    Thanks a ton! :)

  • Kabir Hazarika

    Thanks a lot. I just couldn’t get rid of V9. I’d installed uTorrent setup which get this adware installed into my laptop. I used AdwCleaner.

    Thanks again!

  • STREETBOYS

    hello dude
    thank you very much……!!!!!!!!!!!
    i was tried to remove v9 from my browser from last two months but failed
    i took lot of suggestions from here & there but there was no use of all that stuff
    but today i am so happy to free from this headache
    feeling like free from prison
    thanx
    -streetboys

  • Suresh

    phew.. finally got rid of this disgusting webpage after step 3.. Thanks a lot bro!!

  • aman

    thankyou…..

  • Ron

    Tnks Frnd… It really works……

  • Ughie Devil

    thx…man…it work…iv been trying with to remove this shit…

  • Magneto

    Thanks dude…
    It was really helpful…
    I was trying to remove it for so long

  • anuj

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  • Sherry

    Thanks it helped me too! Really useful.