when you install Panda Free Antivirus 18.0 and if you do not pay attention during the installation, along with the antivirus, Panda Safe Web will also be installed on your computer and will be set as the default search engine and default homepage in browsers. As a result, Panda Safe Web extension will be added to browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox (as toolbar) and Vivaldi browsers.
When you start Chrome or Internet Explorer, the browser prompts you to enable the Safe Web extension. While the extension provides benefits to users in a web browser by showing safety ratings for websites you visit and offering protection from phishing, it changes the browser’s search settings to pandasecurity.mystart.com (powered by Yahoo).
READ: How to uninstall Panda Security Toolbar and Panda URL Filtering from your computer?
Unwanted browser search and homepage is changed by a software or extension, considered malicious, although Panda software free av product warned about these changes during installation.
Uninstall or remove Panda Safe Web from computer and browsers
1. Make sure all browsers are closed, open Control panel > Software > Programs and features
2. Select Panda Safe Weband click uninstalland follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
Panda Safe Web in Control Panel
3. When the Panda Safe Web uninstall dialog box appears, check ‘Uninstall Panda Security URL Filter’ and click ‘Finish’ and restart your computer.
4. Now visit the chrome://extensions and vivaldi://extensions pages in the respective browsers and remove the Panda Safe Web extension.
Do the things below after that.
Clear web browsers history, visit affected browser options and reset homepage to default.
Visit Internet Explorer, under Manage Add-ons > Search Providers, select ‘Search the Web’ and remove it.
Scan it with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware followed by Malwarebytes Adwcleaner and remove the threats found, when prompted to restart your computer do so.