Secure-surf.net is a web page which claims to offer a secure web search that is anonymous, but this is far away from the truth. Not only does secure-surf.net does not have encrypted HTTPs communication, but the web page may also be associated with suspicious software that may be installed on your computer. Besides causing browser redirects, the suspicious software, related to SecureSurf may also cause your computer to misbehave and set Secure-surf.net as your default web page. If you have experienced browser redirects and see Secure-surf.net on your computer, it is advisable to read this article and learn how to remove it effectively and permanently.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program / Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||Secure-surf.net may be associated with one or more suspicious software on your computer.|
|Symptoms||Slow performance of your computer, appearing of various types of advertisements, browser redirections.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled in the installers of software, other adware or PUPs|
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How Did I Get Secure-surf.net On My PC
Among many methods which can be used to distribute the Secure-surf.net suspicious software, such as being installed as a result of having other ad-supported software or malware on your computer, Secure-surf.net may come bundled as well.
Bundling is the including of the program files of Secure-surf.net in the installer of another program which you are trying to install on your PC. Such can be any program you have downloaded online, like a free music player, ad-blocking software, torrent downloading program, movie player or any other free software. Be careful when installing such programs, since this may lead to Secure-surf.net slithering in your PC. You can detect the Secure-surf.net software, on such installer in one of the installation steps of your computer under the Advanced or Custom installation options with a tick box and a text next to it, claiming the software is added as a free extra.
How Does Secure-surf.net Work
In general, the website Secure-surf.net is created to pretend to anonymize your search which, at first glance, seems promising. But when you notice that the connection to it is not encrypted, it immediately becomes evident, that security may not have been on the mind of those who made this web page:
Secure-surf.net may also come automatically onto your computer, since the potentially unwanted program, related to it may automatically change the settings on your web browser. This may result in the website being automatically set as your default home page:
What is more, Secure-surf.net does not display it’s own search results, like the truly secure search engine Duck Duck Go does, but instead uses Yahoo Search to display results. And in addition to this, the browser hijacker causes a web redirect each time you perform a web search through it. The redirect is via the following web domain:
This basically means that Secure-surf.net may just be another ad-supported scheme that may generate money via hoax visitations and browser redirects. Furthermore, bear in mind that if you have Secure-surf.net, it is also possible that you may experience various advertisements to pop-up on your computer, since the suspicious software, related to it may promote third-party sites. And since those websites cannot be vouched for, they may even be malicious – one more reason why you should consider removing Secure-surf.net from your computer system.
How to Remove Secure-surf.net Fully
In order to fully remove Secure-surf.net software from your computer, we recommend that you follow the instructions, which we have created below. They are specifically organized to help you delete the software either manually or automatically. It is important to know that security experts strongly advise to delete Secure-surf.net automatically by scanning your computer with an advanced anti-malware software, because it may be at risk from other threats that may come on your PC as a result of having this suspicious software. The anti-malware program will also make sure that you remove this software fully and your PC is fully safe against future threats of such type and malware.
Manually delete Secure-surf.net from Windows and your browser
Note! Substantial notification about the Secure-surf.net threat: Manual removal of Secure-surf.net requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
Automatically remove Secure-surf.net by downloading an advanced anti-malware program
- Guide 1: How to Remove Secure-surf.net from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Secure-surf.net on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Secure-surf.net in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Secure-surf.net from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Secure-surf.net from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Secure-surf.net from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Secure-surf.net from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Secure-surf.net Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Secure-surf.net from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Secure-surf.net
Step 2: Uninstall Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Secure-surf.net from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Secure-surf.net, 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 Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net will be removed.
Eliminate Secure-surf.net 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 Secure-surf.net 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".