This page aims to help you remove Securesurf.biz and the toolbar it creates. These Securesurf.biz removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Has your Chrome or Firefox browser been invaded by a strange browser toolbar? Have your default homepage and search engine been replaced? Has your web browsing recently been disturbed by a flow of intrusive ads? Then most probably you have a browser hijacker like Securesurf.biz on your computer. This type of software is famous for its aggressively popping ads and page redirects that are able to disturb even the most tolerant user, but fortunately, there is a way to remove it without the need of a specialist and costly fees. In this guide, we will talk about the specifics of browser hijackers and we will point our attention to one of the most recent ones – Securesurf.biz. In the next lines, you will learn where and how you have probably got this program and how to completely uninstall it from your computer in case that you feel heavily disturbed by its activities. Just stay with us until the end to know more.
What is a Browser hijacker?
Nowadays, when we browse the web, it is almost impossible not to come across different sorts of advertisements. This is perfectly normal, however, sometimes, we may get redirected to tons of ads, thanks to a specific type of software that gets installed on our computer and purposely exposes us to more of them. This type of software is better known as browser hijackers and Securesurf.biz falls into their category. The browser hijacker developers usually create such programs with the sole idea to get you redirected to various sponsored sites and promotional pages full of ads, pop-ups and banners. But why would they do that? The purpose of a program like Securesurf.biz is to generate income for the owners through a very popular money-making scheme called Pay-Per-Click. Many online based businesses actually use this method as a way to earn revenue and this is done through the clicks of the users, who have been invaded by the hijacker. Fortunately, there is a way to remove this intrusive software and if you don’t want to tolerate its disturbance, in the next lines you will learn how you can clean your system from it.
If Securesurf.biz has taken over your browser, don’t panic, it’s not a virus!
The intrusive activity of this browser hijacker may make some users panic; however, there is no real reason to worry. Even though the nagging page redirects and the strange changes in the homepage and the search engine of your browser may seem like an aggressive invasion of some nasty virus, Securesurf.biz is not malicious and is not created to do harm to your system. Yes, it can be really disturbing and prevent you from browsing the web normally, but it has nothing in common with malicious threats such as Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware and other harmful viruses. To be more precise, security experts classify browser hijackers as harmless, but to many users their activities may be potentially unwanted and this is the reason why some of them may wish to remove these programs. Moreover, the constant ad-generating activity may significantly decrease the speed of their browser and make them wait for ages until their desired pages load, which, with no doubt, could be really irritating.
How to keep your system clean from browser hijackers?
Programs like Securesurf.biz are usually found on many web locations. From free download platforms, torrent sites, to shareware and direct downloads from the web – these are all likely sources for browser hijackers. However, we need to make this important notice – programs of this type do not “infect” you the way that viruses and nasty malware like Trojans and Ransomware do. They need to be installed just like any other software that you install on your computer through a setup. The thing is that you may not always notice when you get them installed since they often use the so-called bundling method. This means that they very often come in the package of some other applications that you install. Software developers usually bundle some ad-generating applications within the installer of an attractive free program. The moment you run the setup, the bundled application may get installed by default.
How can you prevent that? Read the EULA carefully to inform yourself about any additional software that may be packed inside the installer that you have downloaded. Yes, we know that the EULA is too long and too boring to read, and fortunately, there is an easier way: during the setup, skip the standard installation option and click the advanced/custom one instead. It will show you a menu where you can manually disable all the bundles. Most of the users don’t know that and they usually notice the hijacker on their system only after it has been installed. Uninstalling it then, however, may require a bit more effort than disabling its installation.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Your browser may redirect you to multiple pages full of ads.|
|Distribution Method||Widely distributed through software bundles found on free download platforms, torrent sites, shareware and direct downloads from the web.|
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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).
- Do not skip this – Securesurf.biz may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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 Securesurf.biz 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 Securesurf.biz from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Securesurf.biz 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
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