How to Remove “Secure Search” Bar

What Is Secure Search Bar?

How to get rid of Secure Search bar

A search bar with the words “Secure Search” might appear on the start page of your default browser and redirect your searches to random search sites (for example, first to securesurf.biz and then to www.plusnetwork.com, or to secure-finder.com and then to nova.rambler.ru, and so on).

How to Remove Secure Search

At the time of writing this article Secure Search was a very recent threat, and antivirus and anti-malware programs hadn’t included it into their databases yet. If that is still the case by the time you are reading this, I suggest you keep scanning your computer every day with various anti-malware tools (update signature databases before each scan for programs that don’t do it automatically); sooner or later they will be able to detect and remove Secure Search. Also, most AVs and anti-malware programs offer technical support for users of their paid products (some do it for free users too) which can be contacted in case their product is not able to get rid of malware.

Norton Security has excellent detection rate when it comes to adware and other PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).

Download Norton Security

Other anti-malware tools that are effective against potentially unwanted programs:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
HitmanPro
AdwCleaner

If you are a user of Mac OS X, try Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac.

You can also try to remove Secure Search manually.

Remove Secure Search From Programs and Features:

Go to Programs and Features, uninstall any suspicious programs, programs you don’t remember installing, or programs you installed just before Secure Search toolbar appeared on your browsers for the first time. When you are not sure if a program is safe, look for the answer on the Internet.

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Settings => Control Panel.
  3. Find and click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Click on the program.
  5. Click Remove.

Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Control Panel.
  3. Find and click Uninstall a program.
  4. Click on the program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Control Panel.
  3. Find and select Programs and Features or Uninstall a program.
  4. Click on the program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8 / Windows 8.1:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Click on the program.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 10:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Click on the program.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Remove Secure Search From Browsers:

To get rid of Secure Search, remove Secure Search and any suspicious extensions from browsers. If the problem persists, reset browser settings.

Remove Secure Finder extension from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on three dots menu button three dots menu (three bars hamburger menu in older versions of Chrome).
  2. Select More toolsExtensions.
  3. To remove an extension, click on a trashcan to the right of it.
  4. Click Remove in the dialog box.
Reset Google Chrome Settings:

Note: This will disable your extensions and themes, clear cookies and site data, as well as change content settings, start page, new tab page and search engine to default.

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Copy and paste into the address bar: chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the dialog box click Reset.

Remove Secure Finder extension from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on menu button Menu button and select Add-ons.
  2. Go to Extensions tab.
  3. To uninstall an add-on, click on Remove button next to it.
    Note: If the extension is impossible to delete, click on Menu button => Help button => Restart with Add-ons Disabled…. In the dialog boxes click Restart => Start in Safe Mode. Restart Firefox in normal mode after you are finished.
Reset Mozilla Firefox Settings:

Note: Your add-ons, themes, added search engines and download history, among other things, will get deleted.

  1. Click on menu button Menu button.
  2. Click on help button Help button and select Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox… in the top-right corner.
  4. In the dialog box click Refresh Firefox.

Remove Secure Finder add-on from Internet Explorer:

  1. Click Tools button Tools button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Manage add-ons.
  3. In the drop-down menu under Show: select All add-ons.
  4. To delete an add-on, double-click it, in the new window click Remove.
Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

Note: This will remove most of your saved browser data, including extensions, passwords and the majority of browser settings.

  1. Click Tools button Tools button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Internet options.
  3. Go to Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset… button.
  5. Put checkmark in Delete personal settings checkbox.
  6. Click Reset.

Remove Secure Finder extension from Opera:

  1. Press Ctrl +Shift + E keys to open extensions manager.
  2. To remove the extension, click on the x button next to it.
  3. Click OK when asked to confirm.
Reset Opera Settings:

Note: This will delete all saved data including bookmarks and passwords and return the browser to freshly installed state.

  1. Exit Opera browser.
  2. Open File Explorer.
  3. Go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera, where username is the name of your Windows account.
  4. Find and delete Operapref.ini file.

Change Proxy Settings:

Google Chrome

  1. Click on menu button Menu button in the top-right corner.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Scroll to the borrom and click Show advanced settings….
  4. Under Network section click Change proxy settings….
  5. Under Local area network (LAN) settings section click LAN settings.
  6. Remove the checkmark from Use a proxy server for your LAN checkbox.
  7. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click on menu button Menu button in the top-right corner.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Select Advanced tab.
  4. Go to Network sub-tab.
  5. Under Connections section click Settings.
  6. Select No proxy.
  7. Click OK.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on Tools button Tools button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Internet options.
  3. Go to Connections tab.
  4. Under Local area network (LAN) settings section click LAN settings.
  5. Remove the checkmark from Use a proxy server for your LAN checkbox.
  6. Click OK.

Opera

  1. Click on the top-left corner.
  2. Select Settings => Preferences.
  3. Go to Advanced tab.
  4. Click Proxy Servers….
  5. Select Use automatic proxy configuration.
  6. Click OK.

How to Protect Your PC From Secure Search and Other Adware:

  • Get a powerful anti-malware software, capable of detecting and eliminating PUPs. Having several on-demand scanners would be a good idea too.
  • Keep Windows firewall enabled or get a third-party one.
  • Keep your OS, browsers and security utilities updated. Malware creators find new browser and OS vulnerabilities to exploit all the time. Software writers, in turn, release patches and updates to get rid of the known vulnerabilities and lesser the chance of malware penetration. Antivirus program’s signature databases get updated every day and even more often to include new virus signatures.
  • Adjust your browsers’ settings to block pop-ups and to load plug-ins only when clicked.
  • Download and use Adblock, Adblock Plus, uBlock or one of the similar trustworthy extensions for blocking third-party advertisements on web-sites.
  • Don’t just click on any link you see while browsing the web. That applies particularly to links in comments, on forums, or in instant messengers. Pretty often these are spam links. Sometimes they are used for increasing the traffic to websites, but often enough they will land you on pages that will try to execute a malicious code and infect your computer. Links from your friends are suspect too: the person who shares a cute video might not know that the page contains threatening script.
  • Don’t download software from unverified web-sites. You can easily download a trojan (malware that pretends to be a useful application); or some unwanted programs could get installed along with the app.
  • When installing freeware or shareware, be sensible and don’t rush through the process. Choose Custom or Advanced installation mode, look for checkboxes that ask for your permission to install third-party apps and uncheck them, read End User License Agreement to make sure nothing else is going to get installed. You can make exceptions for the apps you know and trust, of course. If declining from installing unwanted programs is not possible, we advise you to cancel the installation completely.

1 thought on “How to Remove “Secure Search” Bar

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    frank - April 26, 2017

    The only program that seems to have worked is ZHPcleaner. In addition need to change the lan settings to ensure it is set to auto detect.

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