This page aims to help you remove SearchEncrypt.com. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you frequently experience search redirects, the generation of aggressive ads, pop-ups, and banners on your screen, or your homepage or search engine has mysteriously been replaced with some new, unfamiliar one, this could be a sure sign that a program called SearchEncrypt.com is operating on your system. This program is a potentially unwanted piece of software from the browser hijacking type and in the next paragraphs, we are going to tell you more about its specifics. If you stay with us, you will learn how this browser hijacker has been installed on your computer, how you can uninstall it and remove all of its changes from your Chrome, Firefox, IE or any other browser, as well as what you need to know in order to prevent such software from getting inside your PC in the future. So, check out what follows in the next lines, and let us know if you have any questions.
What is SearchEncrypt.com?
SearchEncrypt.com is an application that is categorized by specialists as a browser hijacker. Typically, this app can become part of your computer seamlessly (when you install a software bundle) and after it does, it usually installs some new extensions such as a search engine or a browser toolbar to your default web browser. It doesn’t matter which browser you prefer to use – Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or some other – SearchEncrypt.com can integrate with them all. The program normally claims to provide you with certain functionality, which is supposed to enhance your web browsing experience, but in fact, it will send you various pop-up messages, ads, and new tabs. These messages may scare you with their aggressiveness and may make you think that your computer has been infected with some virus. However, we need to assure you that SearchEncrypt.com is not a malicious program and its activities do not intend to cause you harm. The pop-up messages, generated by this browser hijacker, may offer you to click on certain suggested websites or sales offers or prompt you to visit certain links with the idea to drag traffic and sales for certain advertisers and vendors. They are basically harmless, but still, we do not recommend you click on them because you never know where you may get redirected to. Eventually, you may land on some web locations with sketchy content or get infected with really nasty malware (a Trojan horse, Ransomware or some other tricky virus) by simply clicking on a misleading link or fake ad. The best way to get rid of SearchEncrypt.com and its ads is to fully uninstall it from your system.
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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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 SearchEncrypt.com 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 SearchEncrypt.com from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove SearchEncrypt.com 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!
Suggestions for removing SearchEncrypt.com:
Unlike the dangerous viruses, especially Ransomware and Trojans, which can be very difficult to remove, you can remove SearchEncrypt.com fairly easily. If you have some computer skills, you can try to locate and uninstall the potentially unwanted program manually. We’ve provided step-by-step instructions on that under the article. Still, if you are a computer beginner, it will be a great challenge to find all the infected files that this program may have hidden deep in your computer system. For this reason, we strongly recommend using a professional tool that will detect all hidden unnecessary files and remove them.
SearchEncrypt.com spreading techniques and best protection tips for the future:
As we mentioned above, SearchEncrypt.com and most browser hijackers in general, are distributed mainly along with other free software in software bundles. That’s why, if you download free programs from time to time, you should be very careful when installing them, because you are likely to install some other potentially unwanted components along with them. For instance, the creators of browser hijackers and other ad-generating software usually do not clearly notify you about the presence of such components inside other software packages (aka, free video/audio players, game setups, optimization tools installers, etc.) and you cannot know about them unless you carefully read the EULA and check the installer for yourself. To check if the software you download contains some additional applications, you need to set the correct installation settings. For that, you need to skip the traditional Standard, Basic, or Default settings and select the Advanced or Custom options instead. These two options usually let you manage your downloads and choose which programs to install and which ones to skip. This way, you can simply reject the potentially unwanted apps by unchecking them. You can then continue and complete the installation process of the desired software as usual but without the additionally bundled apps.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Potentially unwanted changes in your browser’s search engine or homepage, frequent search redirects, generation of ads, new tabs, pop-ups on your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, free installers, torrents, ads, spam messages, emails and their attachments.|
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