Secret-video.online is a browser hijacker program created to redirect user searches to sponsored websites. Aside from that, Secret-video.online is an app that can generate dozens of pay-per-click ads and trick users into clicking on them.
If you are on this page, you probably have been disturbed by the constant flow of intrusive ads, pop-ups, and banners that Secret-video.online has started to display on your web browser, be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari or another one. You’ve probably also noticed that this browser hijacker has made some unwelcome changes inside your browsing app, (such as introducing a new search engine or an unfamiliar homepage) that are impossible to remove even if you try to reset your settings. If this is the case, the following paragraphs can be of use in uninstalling Secret-video.online and avoiding similar software in the future.
A brief description of the term “browser hijacker”.
The word browser hijacker is a common word used for applications that can be configured to display a wide range of ads on your computer’s screen. Many browser hijacker-like programs can also automatically redirect your search queries to other websites and sponsored links. They do that in order to generate traffic and clicks to specific pages that need exposure and ranking. One reason such browser hijacker programs can often be viewed as dubious is that sometimes they may potentially redirect you to low-quality pages or links that could be infected by malware (Trojans, Ransomware, etc.) or viruses. This is not the main purpose of programs like Secret-video.online, though.
In reality, such applications are tools of the online advertising industry, which only seek the most effective methods to advertise certain products, services, and their related websites on your screen. Programs like Secret-video.online are not malicious and are typically not interested in harming your computer in any way. What is more, they do not contain malicious code that can encrypt your data like Ransomware or steal sensitive information from the system like a Trojan Horse virus. Yet, browser hijackers are considered potentially unwanted by a number of people due to their intrusive and aggressive behavior and the changes they tend to impose on the main web browser without asking for permission.
Typically, if not removed, programs like Secret-video.online will constantly show multiple advertisements (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, text messages, etc.) all over the browser’s screen simultaneously. Your attempts to click on the “X” button and close those ads may often lead to an automatic redirect to new tabs or other pages full of more ads. What is more, the endless stream of commercials may frequently make your browser unresponsive and sluggish, leading to sudden crashes and an intolerable disturbance to your regular web surfing activity.
That’s why even though browser hijackers like Secret-video.online are not a direct security threat, we do recommend our readers uninstall such programs from their system in order to regain control over their web browser and surf the web in peace. Below we have prepared a removal guide with detailed instructions on how to do that, as well as a reliable removal tool for a quick system scan.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||You may notice a new homepage or an unfamiliar search engine in your main web browser, as well as a stream of unstoppable ads all over the screen.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles, free download managers, torrents, ads, spam messages, shareware sites.|
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If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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:
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 Secret-video.online 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 Secret-video.online from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove Secret-video.online 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!