This page aims to help you remove Secure-surf.net “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
A lot of users have recently contacted us regarding a program, which is causing them a huge browsing-related disturbance. The name of this program is Secure-surf.net “Virus” and according to reports, it manages to modify the internet settings of Chrome, Firefox or Explorer by forcefully changing the homepage or search engine and redirecting most of the users’ web searches to different intrusive pages full of ads, pop-ups and nagging sponsored messages. If you landed on this page because you experienced a similar disturbance, then this guide is just made for you. The activities, which we described above, are common for one type of software known as browser hijackers and judging by the way that Secure-surf.net “Virus” operates, it obviously falls into their category. If you’re wondering what exactly a browser hijacker is, don’t worry because in the next lines, we will tell you everything you need to know about them – where they spread, how they get inside your system and how to effectively remove their nagging modifications and uninstall them completely. So, let’s shed some more light on the subject.
What should you know about browser hijackers in general?
Browser hijackers are a specific group of software, which comprises all the programs, which usually invade your browser in an aggressive way. Secure-surf.net “Virus” is a typical example of this software group and its behavioral traits just prove that. This program is referred to by a lot of users as a source of some unwanted and unapproved changes in the affected browser as well as a generator of incredible amount of annoying ads, pop-ups and different promotions. Basically, what this browser hijacker can do is it can replace your favorite search engine or homepage with some new and unfamiliar one, start bombarding your screen with ads and redirecting most of your web searches to some unknown websites, promotions and new tabs, which may be very aggressive and hard to close. The real reason behind this aggressive advertising invasion is usually money and a lot of programs like Secure-surf.net “Virus” are effectively involved in that. They bring profitsfor their creators thanks to Pay-Per-Click campaigns or some sponsored advertisement positioning every time you click on some of the displayed ads and links on your screen. For the users who have to deal with the flow of ads and redirects, however, there is hardly any actual benefit apart from eventually bumping into some good offers among all the displayed pop-ups. That’s why, most people simply find no good reason to keep Secure-surf.net “Virus” on their system and prefer to uninstall it and to save themselves from the advertising invasion.
How do browser hijackers spread?
Usually, some of the most effective methods that programs like Secure-surf.net “Virus” use to get installed inside the users’ system is to bundle themselves in a free setup along with some other attractive program, which the users would love to install. This way, when users get the main program and run its installer, (especially if they skip customizing it through the Advanced/Custom/Manual option and simply follow the automatic installation steps), they unknowingly install the browser hijacker along with the program they desire. This happens because in most of the cases, the presence of the additionally bundled software is not clearly indicated unless the users check for it manually. That’s why, our advice for you is to always customize any setup that you want to run. This is especially valid if it is distributed for free, because such bundles are mostly distributed for free and can be found on different freeware, shareware or torrent sites, as well as free download links from the web, spam, automatic installers and even some intrusive ads that prompt you to click and download some free software or application. If you can, the best is to avoid such software sources in general, because you can never be sure what kind of programs they may contain and sometimes, apart from nagging but harmless pieces like this, they may hide some nasty threats like Trojans, Ransomware and different viruses, which you would definitely not like to have on your machine.
Why should you consider uninstalling Secure-surf.net “Virus”?
If this sounds comforting, not only you, but a lot of online users find browser hijackers extremely irritating, nagging and even disturbing and are looking for ways to remove them. The reason is that there are some potentially unwanted effects that this type of software may cause. For example, Secure-surf.net “Virus” may heavily interrupt the normal browsing with its unstoppable flow of ads and redirects. What is more, it may have access to your history of searches, bookmarks and latest web activity and use this data for its nagging advertising purposes. Sometimes, it may even cause the hijacked browser to freeze or crash suddenly, or become totally unresponsive to your searches. This intrusiveness, though not malicious, can irritate some of the users to such an extent, that they may even mistake Secure-surf.net “Virus” for some nasty computer viruses. Fortunately, the above described unwanted effects are not related to any virus or malware from the rank of Ransomware or a Trojan horse, but can still be very annoying. So, if you feel like getting rid of them, you can easily do that by following the steps in the removal guide below.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Unstoppable flow of ads and pop-ups, page redirects, browser modifications.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, different freeware, shareware or torrent sites, as well as free download links from the web, spam, automatic installers and intrusive ads.|
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Secure-surf.net “Virus” Removal
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Secure-surf.net “Virus” from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Secure-surf.net “Virus” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Secure-surf.net “Virus” from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!