Secured Browser Search hijacker removal
Secured Browser Search is a browser hijacker advertised as an extension that will supposedly make your browsing safer, though it’s unclear how it means to do that as it merely promotes a search engine box that leads to Google. If your homepage is suddenly set to securedbrowsersearch.com, you have a browser hijacker installed.
Secured Browser Search is a pretty typical browser hijacker that primarily aims to redirect you to sponsored websites. It will change your browser’s settings to make redirecting you easier, and will track your browsing to collect certain information. Compared to other infections, it’s pretty harmless but as you likely already noticed, it can be very annoying to deal with. It will set securedbrowsersearch.com as your homepage, meaning you will be redirected to it every time you open your browser. Your default search engine will also be changed to Google, which renders the extensions completely useless because you can go to Google directly, without first going through some weird third-party website.
Browser hijackers are pretty harmless overall, at least they don’t directly harm the computer directly. However, because their main goal is to redirect users to sponsored websites, they can end up exposing you to potentially dangerous content via those redirects. You could end up redirected to sites that have malware or promote scams.
While the hijacker is promoted as a useful extension that will help browse more securely, it actually doesn’t nothing of that sorts, so there is no reason to put up with its questionable bahaviour. Especially because you probably didn’t even install the extension knowingly. It probably used software bundling to install, meaning it came attached to free software as an extra offer and you did not notice it. If you don’t remember installing it, delete Secured Browser Search, the sooner the better.
Infections like browser hijackers install via software bundling
In most cases, minor infections like adware, browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are installed via software bundling instead of users consciously installing them. This method allows unwanted programs to come attached to freeware in a way that allows them to install alongside automatically. Because of its sneakiness, the method is quite frowned upon, which is why programs that try to install this way are usually detected as potential threats by anti-virus programs.
Whatever comes attached to a free program is optional but because it’s usually hidden during installation, users often end up not noticing it in time. If you want to prevent any unwanted installations, always pay attention when installing freeware. That means reading the provided information and opting for Advanced (Custom) settings when given the option. Those settings will make everything that has been added visible, and you will be able to deselect everything. All you really need to do is uncheck the boxes of those offers and can then continue installing the program.
Most free programs will have extra offers, especially the ones you download from non-official websites. So unless you want to fill up your computer with junk, prevent their installation from the very beginning.
Should you uninstall Secured Browser Search?
The thing about browser hijackers is that they are very noticeable infections, though users not familiar with browser hijackers may not associate the bahaviour with an infection. The first sign of a browser hijacker is a changed homepage. In this case, the homepage becomes securedbrowsersearch.com. Your default search engine will also be changed, in this case to Google. These changes can affect all popular browsers, including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. You will also be unable to reverse these changes while the hijacker remains installed.
Usually, sites that are set as homepages by browser hijackers promote questionable search engines that would insert sponsored content into search result. However, the search engine offered on securedbrowsersearch.com is Google. Because of the inserted sponsored content, it’s never recommended to use hijacker promoted search engines. But Google is a perfectly safe search engine, though you can use it directly, there is no need to use a questionable third-party website.
You should also be aware that browser hijackers will track your browsing and collect information, such as what sites you visit, what you search for, your IP address, etc. This information is usually shared with unknown third-parties.
Secured Browser Search removal
Because Secured Browser Search is a browser hijacker, you should not allow it remain on your computer. You can remove Secured Browser Search both manually and using anti-virus software. We recommend using an anti-virus program like WiperSoft, as it would not only remove Secured Browser Search but also undo all setting changes. If you manually uninstall Secured Browser Search, you will be able to change your browser’s settings as you want.
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