Secure-surf.com Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Secure-surf.com is a French searching facility that has earned a spot among hijackware parasites. Secure-surf interface breathes summer as the main logo consists of a typical image of a beach. This infection represents a type of malware which subjects browsers to tempering of their settings. Configurations that you might have done in the past will no longer be followed. Instead, users will be exposed to repetitively introduced sites that they had never encountered before. We translated the French version of the EULA document and discovered that this search engine will redirect users to affiliated products, services or websites with which the platform shares revenue. The security of commercial content is not guaranteed. Therefore, it is possible that you will be exposed to hazardous online material.

Features of a browser hijacker

To surf safely, users must execute search queries with high-principled platforms that will double-check whether the URLs and ads they present are not bad-natured. When it comes to little-known search engines that enter browsers without authorization, it is appropriate to assume that their developers won’t do an equal job. Websites and other online material that obscure search engine elect as the sponsored content might be delivering malicious executables and other types of viruses to the Internet communities.

Secure-surf.com virus

“Malvertising” strategies include demonstrations of online advertisements that lead to deceptive websites, prepared to automatically launch malicious scripts and automatically implant payloads into operating systems. A variety of malware can exploit this tactic, from terrifying ransomware infections to unwanted browser extensions. While being infected with this French browser hijacker, users will notice a significant increase in the promotions, displayed via widgets, banners, pop-ups or new windows. In some cases, in-text ads are inserted into websites you visit.

An additional symptom of an infection with a browser hijacker is that it will suck a great deal of CPU resources. As a consequence, less resources will be exploited for processes that you initiate yourself. Programs can take longer to launch, problems with the Internet connection might occur, and your browsing sessions can be constantly delayed by crashes or freezes.

Secure-surf.com browser hijacker

The last, but definitely not least, feature of browser hijackers is that they might monitor users’ online activity and can figure out your preferences. This information could be applied to improve marketing strategies, which could lead to more tailor-suited, but still deceptive promotions. Flows of online content won’t make your browsing easier as you will have to constantly close windows and banners that will overlay with the websites you actual wish to explore.

To be more difficult to remove, infection might initiate some modifications in the Windows Registry Keys. This change will mostly focus on automatically launching a specific tool, reassuring that browser hijacker won’t be easily eliminated from an operating system.

If you currently have this French search platform as your home page, default search provider and new tab page, we insist you get rid of at your earliest convenience. Reimage, Spyhunter or Malwarebytes will make an automatic removal possible and you should seriously consider this option, as it will remove all malware from your system, including this browser hijacker. To learn more about manual option, scroll down.

Points about distribution of malware

Malware is known to be spread in multiple ways. For instance, bundles of programs could arrive during installation processes. If you notice that a Setup Wizard is going to prepare more than one program for usage, you should not agree with these terms. This is one of the easiest ways for developers to distribute potentially unwanted applications. Additionally, online advertisements could also lead to malware infections. Avoid downloading programs from unknown sources, like random file-sharing services that accept everything that gets submitted. Updates are also only supposed to reach operating systems from official parties.



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Manual removal of Secure-surf.com virus

How to remove Secure-surf.com virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Secure-surf.com virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Secure-surf.com virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Secure-surf.com virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Secure-surf.com virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Secure-surf.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Secure-surf.com virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Secure-surf.com virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Secure-surf.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Secure-surf.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Secure-surf.com virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Secure-surf.com virus from the list.

How to remove Secure-surf.com virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Secure-surf.com virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Secure-surf.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Secure-surf.com virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Secure-surf.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Secure-surf.com virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Secure-surf.com virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Secure-surf.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

       
 

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I have started 2-viruses.com in 2007 after wanting to be more or less independent from single security program maker. Since then, we kept working on this site to make internet better and safer place to use.

 
May 19, 2017 03:20, July 4, 2017 01:51
 
   
 

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