Posted: September 24, 2007
The following fields listed on the Threat Meter containing a specific value, are explained in detail below:
Threat Level: The threat level scale goes from 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest level of severity and 1 is the lowest level of severity. Each specific level is relative to the threat's consistent assessed behaviors collected from SpyHunter's risk assessment model.
Detection Count: The collective number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular malware threat. The detection count is calculated from infected PCs retrieved from diagnostic and scan log reports generated by SpyHunter.
Volume Count: Similar to the detection count, the Volume Count is specifically based on the number of confirmed and suspected threats infecting systems on a daily basis. High volume counts usually represent a popular threat but may or may not have infected a large number of systems. High detection count threats could lay dormant and have a low volume count. Criteria for Volume Count is relative to a daily detection count.
Trend Path: The Trend Path, utilizing an up arrow, down arrow or equal symbol, represents the level of recent movement of a particular threat. Up arrows represent an increase, down arrows represent a decline and the equal symbol represent no change to a threat's recent movement.
% Impact (Last 7 Days): This demonstrates a 7-day period change in the frequency of a malware threat infecting PCs. The percentage impact correlates directly to the current Trend Path to determine a rise or decline in the percentage.
|First Seen:||July 24, 2009|
Safetysettings is a computer hijacker that redirects a user's web browser to www.safetysettings.com, pops up warning messages and a warning bubble from the taskbar announcing the computer is infected with spyware and that the user should download a spyware remover. Safetysettings only promotes fake anti-spyware products such as AntiVirGear, SpyShredder, WinAntiVirus Pro 2007, Ultimate Cleaner and SecurePCCleaner.
To restore the original default homepage, open IE > go to Tools > Internet Options > Type the URL address of your desired website > Click "Use Current" > click "OK". But restoring your hompepage manually does not necessarily mean that you've gotten rid of the spyware infection that brought on the homepage hijacker. Safetysettings.com may be a sign that you've been infected with spyware or a trojan.
If, when Internet Explorer starts, you see any pop up windows telling you about a rogue anti-spyware program and how to remove spyware, then you're probably infected with a trojan and you will continue to be hijacked by safetysettings.com. Sometimes the hijackers prevent you from changing the homepage, or may allow you to temporarily change the homepage only to have safetysettings.com reappear later.
So what do you do? Scan your system with an anti-spyware program and remove the spyware infections detected.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to SafetySettings may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.