What is a secured search?
A secured search is a browser hijacker that is disguised as an extension that provides an extra layer of confidentiality and anonymity to your online searches. Whenever you are looking for anything through the search engine of your choice, the extension redirects the results through multiple websites and ends up showing you results from the Yahoo search.
It considerably changes your online experience as it tempers with all your searches, takes you to unreliable websites, and drags in more ads. Moreover, it endangers your privacy by sending your information to various anonymous websites. So, regardless of the fact that it is advertised as a way to enhance your security, it actually does the exact opposite of that.
Why is my browser redirected to a secured search?
Many people install the extension unknowingly. Not only it is offered along with various third-party extensions you may have downloaded, but it is also heavily advertised. It only takes one click on the banner ad to install the secured search bar to your browser.
How to remove the secured search bar from your computer?
There are a few ways you can stop the extension from being a part of your online experience. Let’s take a look at what they are.
In order to stop the extension from influencing your search results and other online activities, it is recommended to remove all files that have to do with the software. The first thing you’ll need to do is open up the Start menu and find App & features. Find the Secure Search Bar among your apps and click Uninstall. And that’s it, the software cannot affect your browsing activities any longer.
Alternatively, you can use a removal tool. Download a trustworthy removal tool that will take care of anything questionable on your computer on its own. The search bar will definitely be among the things it will suggest deleting.
Make sure to pick a reliable tool in order to avoid downloading another program that will be compromising your security. Look for reviews and read the descriptions of the software to make sure it has all the qualities required for your online safety.
Remove the secured search bar from browsers
In order to finalize this procedure, you will have to delete the extension from your browser as well. The process might be different depending on what browser you are using, so we are going to cover a couple of them below.
The problem with the secured search is that it will not be displayed among your active browser extensions, so you will have to remove it manually. The easiest way to do so would be to set all your Chrome settings to their default. This will erase all traces of the extension and will allow you to start using the Internet freely. You will find the Restore Settings button at the very bottom of the browser’s advanced settings.
Alternatively, you can remove the proxy configuration URL script manually. In this case, the first thing you’ll need to do is open the advanced settings of Google Chrome. Find Open proxy settings in the System section of the menu. You will see a LAN settings button in the window that will open up. Click on it and remove any URLs in the Automatic configuration section. The last step will be disallowing the use of automatic configuration scripts and detection of settings in the same window.
Whatever method you use, make sure to restart the browser afterward.
The steps you need to take to remove the extension from Mozilla are similar to the ones you take with Google Chrome. If you cannot find the secure search bar among the list of your add-ons, open up the browser settings and scroll all the way down. There you will find the Network Settings section. Open it and remove all URLs in the Automatic proxy configuration URL field. Turn off auto-detecting of proxy settings for the network in the same window, and click OK.
Alternatively, you can also just set Mozilla Firefox settings to default. In order to do this, look for Help in the browser’s menu. Click on Troubleshooting information in the Help menu. Firefox will then warn you that you’re about to remove all your add-ons and change the settings to their default. Click OK, and you’re done.
Restart the browser, and you’re good to go.
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