The genuine safesurf.exe file is a software component of SafeSurf by JetSwap.
From a user perspective SafeSurfing is a spyware parasite used to monitor web browsing habits. JetSwap's view is it promotes a company through the use of banners and advertisements on surfing pages and promotes an organisation through the use of purchased referrals. All this is achieved by site impressions a special program that uses the Firefox browser.
SafeSurf stands for SafeSurfing
The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the safesurf.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.
Description: Safesurf.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file safesurf.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 165,888 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 485,376 bytes, 211,968 bytes or 472,576 bytes.
The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous.
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If safesurf.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 474,112 bytes. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows core file.
If safesurf.exe is located in the "C:\Program Files\Common Files" folder, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 200,704 bytes. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The safesurf.exe file is not a Windows core file.
If safesurf.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder, the security rating is 76% dangerous. The file size is 211,968 bytes.
If safesurf.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 207,872 bytes.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as safesurf.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Artemis!A11CF8F05657 (detected by McAfee), and not-a-virus:AdWare.MSIL.Surfer.y (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the safesurf.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SafeSurf has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with safesurf. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the safesurf.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.
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