How to remove secured-search.com redirect (Virus Removal Guide)
Secured-search.com is a domain name associated with known malware ByteFence and browser extensions such as ByteFence Secure Browsing. The domain name is primarily used to track what people search for online while they search the web. For example, once the ByteFence Secure Browsing extension is installed it will replace search settings with secured-search.com which will cause web searches to redirect to secured-search.com and then to a search engine such as search.yahoo.com. The website first reviews the search query and then redirects users to a legitimate search engine. This infection is sometimes referred to as the secured-search.com virus and is recognized as a browser hijacker or redirect virus.
The website uses numerous browser add-ons and extensions to obtain the appropriate permissions it needs to hijack an internet browser’s settings. Browser add-ons and extensions associated with the secured-search.com virus will have permission allow them to read and modify existing settings and data.
In addition, programs and browser extensions associated with the secured-search.com website may be recognized as malware or potentially malicious for numerous reasons.
Secured-search.com virus removal steps
- Use Malwarebytes to remove Secured-search.com
- Use HitmanPro to remove Secured-search.com
- Use CCleaner to automatically clean up and fix settings
- Check for rogue browser extensions
Use Malwarebytes to remove Secured-search.com
2. When you have installed Malwarebytes, click the Scan Now button to begin scanning your computer.
3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine Selected button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.
4. Reboot your computer.
Use HitmanPro to remove Secured-search.com
2. When you have installed HitmanPro, click the Next button to begin scanning your computer.
3. When the scan is complete, click the Next button to remove all threats detected by HitmanPro.
4. Reboot your computer.
Use CCleaner to automatically clean up and fix settings
2. When you have installed CCleaner, click the Analyze button to begin analyzing your system.
3. Once analyzation is complete, click the Run Cleaner button to clean your system.
4. Now, let’s run through the Tools section; Go to Tools.
5. Uninstall: Is there a program you missed uninstalling before? CCleaner can often show you programs that are hidden from the Control panel.
6. Software Updater: Are there any programs to update? Make sure to keep the programs on your computer up-to-date to avoid issues with security vulnerabilities.
7. Startup: Go through the Windows, Scheduled Tasks, and Context Menu tabs. Are there any suspicious startup keys enabled? If so, highlight them with your mouse and click the Delete button to remove them.
8. Browser Plugins: Go through the tabs for each browser installed on your computer. Are there any suspicious plugins installed? If so, highlight them with your mouse and click the Delete button to remove them.
9. Finally, let’s clean up the registry. Get out of the Tools area and go to Registry.
10. Click the Scan for Issues button and follow the instructions.
11. Once the registry scan is complete click the Fix selected Issues… button and follow the instructions to fill all the selected issues found in your computer’s registry.
Check for rogue browser extensions
1. Open Google Chrome.
2. In the menu, go to More tools > Extensions.
3. Find the Secured-search.com extension and click the Remove button.