SecuredBrowserSearch (Secured Browser Search) is a browser extension which may have been added to your browser without your knowledge or consent. Our research indicates that SecuredBrowserSearch is related to Smooth Search Tab, known to cause redirects and pop-up ads. Both extensions seem to be developed by the same company.
SecuredBrowserSearch, available on securedbrowsersearch.com, is also available for download on the Chrome Web Store. Currently, it has a very small number of users and no reviews.
Is SecuredBrowserSearch Suspicious?
According to its description on Chrome Web Store, the browser extension “allows you to safely search the web”. You should know that it also changes the default search engine of your browser, to provide search results by Bing.com. This is the only listed functionality of the browser extension. However, when we tested it, it failed to display the promised search results provided by Bing. Instead, it showed Google search results.
We have written reports on countless similar extensions that provide nearly no functionality to the user. Instead, their developers may be collecting information related to your browsing habits and selling it to undisclosed third-parties. Even though its developers claim they are not collecting personal information, it may be safer to remove the browser extension and refrain from using it.
Note. Some extensions may even be infected by malware, as was the case with the Great Suspender Chrome extension.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||A questionable browser extension that may tamper with your browser’s settings. It may redirect the searches to SecuredBrowserSearch.com.|
|Symptoms||Your default search engine is changed and set to SecuredBrowserSearch.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites|
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Why Do I Have SecuredBrowserSearch Set As My Default Search?
As we already mentioned, the browser extension is available for download on Chrome Web Store. But if you don’t recall downloading it from there, it may have been included in a bundled installer.
The most common method used by third-party developers to promote their shady products is bundling. Thanks to bundling, they can promote potentially unwanted applications as additional downloads in freeware installers.
Bundling is not illegal but it often causes unwanted, additional downloads, even of legitimate products. To avoid it from happening, you should be more careful during the installation steps of freeware applications.
Unsafe browsing and push notifications
Another scenario that may have brought this add-on to your browser is unsafe browsing. Have you landed on a suspicious page lately, trying to convince you to subscribe to its push notifications? Such an example is the Pushingz.com domain. Pushingz.com will display ads, pop-ups and messages wanting you to allow permissions for a page on the Web.
A click could redirect you multiple times, seeing your browser going through dozens of pages, where a pay-per-click scheme could be active. Agressive redirect chains and intrusive pop-ups may also be the reason for a browser extension such as SecuredBrowserSearch.
How to Remove SecuredBrowserSearch
To remove the SecuredBrowserSearch browser extension, along with all its associated files, we advise you to complete the removal steps prepared below. If you want to make sure that no undesired and potentially harmful files are running on your system, we recommend that you follow the guide thoroughly. Keep in mind that some of the installed files may be named in a way not related to SecuredBrowserSearch, so that they can be hard to find, and therefore, hard to remove.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SecuredBrowserSearch from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SecuredBrowserSearch on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SecuredBrowserSearch in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SecuredBrowserSearch from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SecuredBrowserSearch from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SecuredBrowserSearch from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SecuredBrowserSearch from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable SecuredBrowserSearch Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove SecuredBrowserSearch from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SecuredBrowserSearch
Step 2: Uninstall SecuredBrowserSearch and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by SecuredBrowserSearch on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by SecuredBrowserSearch there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SecuredBrowserSearch from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SecuredBrowserSearch and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove SecuredBrowserSearch via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove SecuredBrowserSearch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SecuredBrowserSearch, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove SecuredBrowserSearch from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase SecuredBrowserSearch from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall SecuredBrowserSearch from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove SecuredBrowserSearch from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the SecuredBrowserSearch will be removed.
Eliminate SecuredBrowserSearch from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by SecuredBrowserSearch from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".