Secure Your Online Browsing
Secure Your Online Browsing is defined as a potentially unwanted application from the Browser Hijacker type. As a typical representative of this software group, Secure Your Online Browsing can modify the web browser’s settings and initiate automatic page-redirects to various web locations.
In the event that you have noticed some unauthorized changes in your web browser (the homepage might have been updated to a new one, your searches might be getting redirected by a search engine that you have never seen before) then you should know that these are typical symptoms of a Browser Hijacker on your system. The crazy amount of ads, pop-ups, and banners you have been seeing lately are also symptoms related to this software.
Secure Your Online Browsing is a unwanted app but don’t let this scare you – this software is not yet another Ransomware or Trojan virus. It is just an ad-generating application, which we will show you how to remove. At the bottom of this page, you will find a guide with uninstallation instructions. But first, let’s look at the most important characteristics of the browser hijackers you need to be aware of in order to have a safer user experience.
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if you have an iPhone virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have a Windows virus, please use our Windows Virus Removal guide.
Dashlane is not necessary to remove the malware, but we fully recommend downloading it.
Malware typically steal accounts. Even if you eradicate the malware there’s really no way to make sure your passwords are safe aside from using a password manager.
If you don’t want to install anything, skip to the next steps . But I’ve personally been hacked before and Dashlane REALLY helped me, so I’m urging you to just give it a try.
Dashlane has both a free and a premium version and it won’t cost you anything to use the free version.
To ensure your accounts are safe don’t just install it, but actually input at least your most important passwords in and use the autofill function. You can do this on iOS by:
- Tap on the Dashlane icon ( ) on your screen. Create an account as instructed in the app, together with a master password.
- Look at the screenshot below. Input the passwords you want to protect in “Website and App Passwords“, then tap on “Autofill Passwords.”
- Once inside AutoFill Passwords, you will see the Keychain and Dashlane proposed for auto-filling. Select Dashlane. We very strongly recommend that you unselect the Keychain. Having both selected will create a confusing and less-effective user experience.
You need to close all pop-ups that are currently open.
- If the pop-up has a checkbox named “Don’t show more alerts from this webpage” click on the checkbox before closing the Ad.
- If a Block Alerts button happens to appear after you shut down a pop-up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch tab that button to stop receiving alerts from the same page.
In case that a pop-up fails to close after performing the above operations:
- On your Mac you should make your Safari browser close forcibly by pressing Command-Option-Esc. Select Safari from the list of Apps and force close it. After you force close it you need to restart Safari, but please hold the shift button while it starts. This will prevent any pesky Ads from opening automatically.
- On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can do the same by pressing the home button twice in a quick succession. You’ll then see a preview of all apps that have been recently used. Swipe left to find Safari and then swipe up on the app’s preview to close it forcibly In order to prevent Safari from opening unwanted windows on startup go to Settings->Safari and Clear History, as well as Website Data. This will also clear your browser history and cookies so keep that in mind and export them if you want to keep them.
Choose Preferences from the Safari menu. Then do the following:
- Select the Security icon and then click on “Block pop-up windows“. This should stop many types of pop-ups from appearing.
- Next check on your homepage and the settings for the search engines. Adware likes messing with those. We can not provide more specific instructions for this, as you may be using many different browsers.
- Select the General icon and look at the Homepage field. It should either be empty or filled with the address of the Homepage you want.
- Follow up on the Search icon. Again it should be either the default search engine or any that you have set for yourself. Note that in some versions of Safari these settings are found in the General panel/
Open Safari and click on the Extensions button. Note that Adware use extensions almost exclusively to inject the pop-up Ads into your browser. Any extension on this list that you do not remember installing yourself is likely planted there by the Adware. Remove ALL extensions you are unfamiliar with.
Why is Secure Your Online Browsing on your machine?
Numerous companies of all kinds seek new ways to promote their products and services online and Browser Hijackers like Secure Your Online Browsing are software tools used specifically for that purpose. These pieces of software commonly employ a paid online advertising method known as Pay-Per-Click. They are used to generate sponsored advertisements on the users’ screen. The developers of these apps make money every time a user clicks on any of the featured ads generated by the Browser Hijacker. This explains the crazy amount of pop-ups and banners you’ve probably been seeing lately. Navigating through the aggressive adverts can be difficult but what tops it all is the fact that the Hijacker may initiate automatic page-redirects to specific sites and even display ads that target you directly in the hopes of attracting your attention.
This is usually done via collection of data related to your web surfing habits. The collected information is analyzed to adjust the ad flow according to your recent search queries and predicted interests. This is the reason why you might, for instance, find that most of the advertisements that get shown on your screen are surprisingly matching the object of your recent browsing sessions and searches.
This kind of action may often be mistaken for virus activity and, for that reason, many web users may mistake the Browser Hijacker for malware similar to Ransomware or Trojans. However, it is important to mention that Secure Your Online Browsing is not a virus. This kind of programs are, for the most part, legal. Yet, this cannot be said about some of the places that the displayed ads and the sponsored pages may redirect you to. While the Browser Hijacker is not malicious on its own, it can potentially expose you to malicious infections, including the above-mentioned Ransomware and Trojans, if you click on the wrong ad or get redirected to an infected website. That’s why it is best if you limit your interaction with random on-screen ads and pop-up messages or, better yet, if you simply uninstall the software that generates them to ensure that they get removed once and for all.
|Name||Secure Your Online Browsing|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The typical symptoms include aggressive generation of pop-up ads, banners and promotional messages all over the screen of your web browser.|
|Distribution Method||Most commonly, the Browser Hijackers get distributed via spam, free download packages and software bundles.|