How to remove Search Secure

What Is Search Secure?

How to remove Search Secure
Search Secure is a malicious program that is considered Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). Search Secure can get to any browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. In fact, Search Secure is not considered to be very harmful for your computer, however, there are a lot of reasons for which you decide to remove this program immediately. Let’s start with the fact that Search Secure gets to your computer without your knowledge. It means that you will not be notified of introduction of this PUP. Search Secure also displays ads, banners and changes your home page. It is also very annoying because Search Secure redirects user to advertising sites.
Search Secure displays this message to remind yourself:
This search is privacy protected by redirecting to Secure Search results . The worst thing is that this PUP can distribute his files throughout your computer, so it is very difficult to delete it. But we will help you. Please, read this article on and we will help you to remove Search Secure.

How to remove Search Secure?

  1. Remove Search Secure Automatically
  2. Remove Search Secure From Programs and Features
  3. Delete Rogue Programs From File Explorer
  4. Remove Search Secure Adware From Browsers
  5. Delete Search Secure Notifications
  6. Get rid of Search Secure pop-ups and notifications on Android
  7. How to Protect Your PC From Search Secure and Other Adware

Remove Search Secure Automatically:

The easiest method to stop Search Secure ads is to run an anti-malware program capable of detecting adware in general and Search Secure in particular. Norton is a powerful antivirus that protects you against malware, spyware, ransomware and other types of Internet threats. Norton is available for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices.

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Other software that may be able to get rid of Search Secure:
Spyhunter (Windows & macOS)

If you are a user of Mac OS X, you can also try CleanMyMac.

Note: After removing the adware you might still need to disable Search Secure notifications manually (see the step named Delete Search Secure Notifications).

You can also try to remove Search Secure by hand using the following instructions.

Remove Search Secure From Programs and Features:

Go to Programs and Features, uninstall suspicious programs, programs you don’t remember installing, or programs you installed just before Search Secure appeared on your browser 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. Select 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. Select 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. Select 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. Select 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. Select the program.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Mac OS:

  1. On the top menu select Go => Applications.
  2. Drag an unwanted application to the Trash bin.
  3. Right-click on the Trash and select Empty Trash.

Delete Rogue Programs From File Explorer:

This step is for experienced computer users. You might accidentally delete something you weren’t supposed to.
Sometimes malicious programs don’t show up in Programs and Features. Check also %ProgramFiles%, %Program Files(x86)%, and especially %AppData% and %LocalAppData% (these are shortcuts; type or copy and paste them into the address bar of File Explorer). If you see folders with unfamiliar names, see what’s inside, google those names to find out if they belong to legitimate programs. Delete the ones that are obviously associated with malware. If you are not sure, back them up before deleting (copy to a different location, for a example to a thumb drive).

Remove Search Secure Adware From Browsers:

Remove any suspicious extensions or extension you don’t recognize from browsers.

Remove Search Secure Adware from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on three dots menu button three dots menu at the top right corner of the window.
  2. Select More toolsExtensions.
  3. Click REMOVE to uninstall an extension.
  4. Click Remove in the dialog box.

Remove Search Secure Adware 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.

Remove Search Secure Adware 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.

Remove Search Secure Adware from Opera:

  1. Press Ctrl +Shift + E keys to open extensions manager.
  2. To remove an add-on, click on the x button next to it.
  3. Click OK when asked to confirm.

Remove Search Secure Adware from Safari:

  1. On the top menu select Safari => Preferences.
  2. Select Extensions tab.
  3. Select an extension you want to delete and click Uninstall button next to it.

Delete Search Secure Notifications:

Remove Search Secure Notifications From Google Chrome:

  1. Open chrome://settings/content/notifications (just copy this and paste into the address bar of Chrome).
  2. Delete all rogue notifications by clicking three vertical dots button next to each and selecting Remove.

Remove Search Secure Notifications From Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on menu button Menu button and select Options.
  2. Select Privacy & Security on the left side of the window.
  3. Scroll down to Permissions section and click Settings… button next to Notifications.
  4. Find sites you don’t want to see notifications from, click on drop-down menu next to each and select Block.
  5. Click Save Changes button.

Get rid of Search Secure pop-ups and notifications on Android:

Disable Search Secure notifications:

Note: Steps might differ a little depending on the version of your Android.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Select Apps & notifications => Apps.
  3. Find and tap the browser that displays Search Secure notifications.
  4. Tap Notifications.
  5. Find Search Secure in the list and disable it.

Stop Search Secure pop-ups:

If Search Secure is opening on new tabs in your browser from time to time, that means you have adware. Most likely one on the apps you installed recently is causing these pop-ups. Uninstall recently installed and suspicious apps you have. Alternatively, use an antivirus to scan your device for malware.

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How to Protect Your PC From Search Secure 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 Bitdefender, uBlock Origin, Adblock or Adblock Plus browser extension/add-on to block 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.

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