Safer-Surfer is an adware or also called potentially unwanted program (PUP). It gets installed as browser toolbar or extension to Internet browsers and most of the time will try to inject advertisements on the context of the browser. Most people think that Safer-Surfer ads are part of the web site they visited so they then to click on it more often. Without their knowledge, ads by Safer-Surfer may be malicious and can point the browser to suspicious web pages.
Authors behind Safer-Surfer designed the program as profit generating browser extension or add-on. It will display pop-up ads, banner ads, and browser redirect modules. The company behind Safer-Surfer claims that they have to maximize advertising revenue in order to make this tool free to use.
About Safer-Surfer (from safer-surfer.co)
“Safer-Surfer Protection Is Currently Available for Large Daily Users to Stay in Control of Their Privacy As They Browse the Web.”
In normal situation, Safer-Surfer is installed on the computer through another program or adware. It gets bundled to programs that are part of pay-per-install scheme. In most cases, users are not aware of Safer-Surfer installation due to lack of information provided by the main program they prefer to download and install. This adware is installed by default as a part of standard setup.
To this date, security experts dubbed Safer-Surfer as one kind of malware. It is integrated into the browser similar to viruses. In addition, it ads several function to the system without asking for user’s permission. Safer-Surfer forces the installation of Windows Service, registry, and executable files.
Without the ability to prove itself as worthy program, Safer-Surfer gains poor standing. Most computer users who came into contact with it perform immediate removal from their PC.