SecureSearch.co is an online page, which is also a browser hijacker. Settings which the hijacker can alter are the search engine, new tab setting and the home page of your browser programs. If you make search queries, you will get redirected. Search results look almost the same as Google’s. You might see advertisements and targeted content when browsing. To remove the hijacker and its redirects you should read the article carefully.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Browser applications on your computer machine may be affected. The hijacker redirects you and can show you advertisements and sponsored content.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, search engine and new tab setting will be changed.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by SecureSearch.co |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SecureSearch.co.|
SecureSearch.co – Distribution Methods
SecureSearch.co can be distributed using various methods. One of these is through third-party installations of bundle applications or freeware. Installers like that could be set by default to add extra components to your computer. Without knowing that, you will notice that the hijacker could have switched certain settings. Avoiding such setups from installing is manageable. You have to find Custom or Advanced settings to deselect the unneeded components.
Another distribution method may use a browser add-on, extension or plug-in, set inside your browser applications. Distribution can happen via advertisements, like banners and pop-ups. The hijacker program might get distributed by redirecting links spread across other websites. Such websites might be affiliated with SecureSearch.co. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
SecureSearch.co – More About It
SecureSearch.co is the main domain of a search engine. The search engine on the site is presented to promise enhanced security, to favor “Do Not Track” requests by browsers and similar features. The description on the site also boasts that the service provides the most advanced private security engine. That is not true, as it behaves differently than presented. It will set the SecureSearch.co page as your homepage, new tab setting and default search. You can view that page from the screenshot displayed down here:
In the screenshot provided underneath this paragraph, you can see the results page of a conducted search on the SecureSearch.co website. It does not redirect you, but the design of the search results is nearly 100% identical as that of Google. The site is not in any way affiliated with Google, and that is the first giveaway sign for this site not being legitimate. Of course, adverts and targeted content may appear in the results or on the main page. Your search queries will get filtered by this proprietary service. No information is given on who the providers of the service are. Data that goes through their search will be obtained and sent to unknown servers.
We do not collect personal information from visitors of our site.
From the phrasing, we can conclude that personal information will not be acquired by simply visiting the site. The implied meaning is that using the same rule applies to the search engine found on the site. But see the following two excerpts mentioned later in the policy:
If you email us or otherwise contact us, then we may have your email address or other contact information.
All sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.
In other words, information that you enter in search queries and that you provide, will be in the hands of the owner of the SecureSearch.co service. So, that information is probably stored on servers tied to the website.
Further below, there is a statement that tries to reassure people:
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information.
If the information is not in any way disclosed to outside parties, it does not necessarily mean that business partners of SecureSearch.co do not have access to it.
Finally, check this quotation about third party links:
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.
Tread carefully, when using this site or other sites which you landed on from it. Do not provide any information that is personal or can identify you.
Remove SecureSearch.co from Your PC
To remove SecureSearch.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer secure in the future.