How to remove Secure Surf Virus

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This page aims to help you remove Secure Surf Virus. These Secure Surf Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

We very well know how annoying landing a program of the Browser Hijacker type can be and how it feels to have your Chrome, Firefox or IE browser filled with new toolbars, search engines and having its homepage changed without being asked for permission. On top of that, one other very common complaint when it comes to Hijackers is their tendency to cause unpleasant page redirects once the user attempts to use their browser. There are even more potential issues that software of this kind can cause but we will talk more about this in one of our next paragraphs down below. The main focus of the current article will revolve around one particular instance of a Browser Hijacker which has recently been reported. The name of the said software is Secure Surf Virus and since you are reading this, you are likely to be already dealing with the unwanted application and seeking a way to uninstall it and have it eliminated. We can help you achieve that with our Secure Surf Virus removal guide at the bottom of this article but you are advised to first go through the following paragraphs, because the information shared in them can prove to be very useful if you should encounter another Hijacker in the future.

What’s its goal?

You might be wondering what the actual purpose of these annoying programs is. Are they viruses? Can they harm your PC? Well, as far as the safety of your machine and personal data is concerned, there should probably be no reason to worry since, unlike malicious viruses such as Ransomware and Trojans, Browser Hijackers are usually not aimed at causing damage or messing with your files. Most of the time, applications the likes of Secure Surf Virus are utilized as advertising tools for the internet marketing industry. They normally possess a set of functions that allow them to basically use your browser as a virtual (and cost-free!) billboard. This is indeed considered a form of aggressive advertising but in most instances it poses no threat to your computer and online security. Another important aspect that sets apart the two types of software – Hijackers and viruses, is the fact that while malicious malware such as the aforementioned Trojans and Ransomware are always illegal and illegally employed, a big number of Browser Hijackers are legal pieces of software and sometimes, even big and respected companies tend to come up with a program that possesses certain traits typical for Hijackers.

Do not underestimate Secure Surf Virus

Secure Surf Virus might not be able to lockg your personal files as a noxious Ransomware virus would attempt to do, but it is still a program that you should probably get removed ASAP. We already mentioned some of the potential problems that can arise from such a program, yet we were merely scratching the surface. Here are several more examples of what a typical Browser Hijacker can do.

  • Some of these programs might attempt to modify your computer’s Registry. On its own, this might not be with malicious purposes yet it can leave your computer exposed to more serious threats.
  • A common technique used to further “enhance” the advertising coming from Secure Surf Virus could be the use of intrusive online banners, pop-ups and box messages which fill your browser and leave you unable to navigate through it without clicking on any of the nagging ads. On top of that, it is possible that the Hijacker will try to scan your recent browser history, so as to determine what your personal interesst are and later apply this info to the aforementioned ads.
  • To add to the annoyance, your PC’s performance might also be affected by the Hijacker due to a heavy CPU and RAM demand from the undesirable piece of software. This can cause your machine to become slow and sluggish and your system – unstable.

Protection

The tips listed below are crucial and essential when it comes to fending off any future instances of Hijacker “attacks”. Be sure to remember them and use them in combination with one another.

  • Try not to visit sites with bad reputation or ones that simply look suspicious. For example, if a site has a lot of sketchy ads throughout its pages, you should probably stay away from it.
  • Try to customize your browser settings to that your online experience becomes more safe. One important thing that you can do is disable the automatic downloads function.
  • Do not forget to be careful with newly received online messages/e-mails. No one is fully protected against internet spam which is one of the most widely used methods for spreading unwanted software.
  • Be careful for any file bundles. If you are installing a new program, search for the custom installation menu so that you can see if there are any added applications to the program installer. If there is indeed something added, look it up. If it looks like a Hijacker or some other form of potentially unwanted software, uncheck it to leave it out of the installation process.

SUMMARY:

Name Secure Surf
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some more typical symptoms of a Hijacker program are different browser changes, for example – new a browser starting page, search engine or toolbar.
Distribution Method In most cases, Hijackers are distributed with the help of various forms of internet spam, sketchy and intrusive online ads and also file bundles/.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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Secure Surf Virus Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Secure Surf Virus successfully!

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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Secure Surf Virus from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Secure Surf Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Secure Surf 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 the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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