Remove Securesurf.biz “Virus” from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, in just a few easy steps with our removal guide which works with all versions of Windows
Today, in our article, we will talk about the topic of Browser Hijackers. Those are a form of PUP (potentially unwanted program) software and as such stand somewhere in between normal and helpful programs and viruses. The reason why we’ve come up with the next few paragraphs is the increased number of recent reports concerning Securesurf.biz . Securesurf.biz is one of the latest members of the Browser Hijacker family and here you will learn all you need to know about this type of unwanted programs. One typical trait of Browser Hijackers is that they usually try to install new search engines and toolbars to your Chrome, Firefox, IE or Edge browser without even asking for your permission. This can and usually does ruin the user’s online experience by filling their browser with all sorts of unwanted stuff that obstructs the normal functioning of the program.
What are they used for?
Many users are fooled by the way some Hijackers are marketed. Developers of this type of unwanted software want you to think that their products are useful and beneficial for you. Sometimes they might even contain some sort of seemingly helpful feature. However, even if that were true, it would be nothing in comparison to the frustration and annoyance that Browser Hijackers are known to induce. In most cases, the main goal of this sort of applications is the generation of income by exploiting a variety of revenue earning methods that are related to the internet marketing industry.
Can it harm your PC?
Most Browser Hijackers are regarded as harmless. Many users might come to the false conclusion that if Securesurf.biz is on their computer, then they are dealing with some sort of a noxious and dangerous Ransomware or Trojans. As we stated in the beginning of this article, Hijackers are not viruses and though they might sometimes share some similar traits, there is a huge difference between Securesurf.biz and actual harmful malware like a Trojan horse or a Ransomware. Though Securesurf.biz is usually not considered a threat to your system and security, there are more than enough reasons why you should remove it as soon as you find out that it has been installed on your PC. You can learn how to uninstall and fully remove the program in our removal manual beneath the current article. In addition to what has already been mentioned as potential negative effects that the program can have on your browser, here are several more reasons why it’s best if you eliminate the unwanted software.
- Hijackers are sometimes able to look into your online history and monitor your search queries in order to obtain valuable marketing data that is later used to display more appealing ads. Usually, the Hijacker should not have access to any valuable information such as passwords and usernames. Still, you certainly wouldn’t want to have your browsing history recorded by some obscure and sketchy program such as Securesurf.biz .
- Annoying and unwanted pop-ups and banners might start to appear on your browser screen, further interrupting your online experience. Sometimes, the text in them might even tell you that you have many system errors and the only way to resolve them is to download some obscure optimization program. Our advice for you is to stay away from those or you might potentially compromise your system’s security.
- Lastly, your computer might start behaving oddly. Slowdowns might occur due to RAM and CPU time consumption by the Hijacker and in some cases your browser or even your while system might start to crash because of Securesurf.biz .
Avoiding future installations of unwanted software
When it comes to dealing with Browser Hijackers, we believe the best way to do that is to never allow them to enter your computer in the first place. The next brief list of general rules and tips will give you a general idea how to do that so that you won’t have the need to spend time trying to remove Securesurf.biz from your system ever again.
- When checking your e-mail for new letters, always pay attention to the details of each of the messages. Sometimes spam might have gotten into your regular inbox folder and you’d need to identify it without opening it. Therefore, if an e-mail or its sender seem sketchy and suspicious, make sure to directly delete the message.
- Always make sure that you are careful and responsible when browsing the World Wide Web. Do not visit any illegal or obscure websites that might contain unwanted or dangerous software.
- Be sure to check for added applications bundled with programs you are about to install. Software bundling is commonly used to distribute Browser Hijackers. Therefore, whenever you are going to install a new program, carefully look through the setup wizard to see if there’s anything added. If there’s an Advanced installation option, go for it, as it should allow you to see the list of all add-ons. If you think that anything bundled with the main program might turn out to be a Browser Hijacker or some other form of unwanted software, make sure to leave it out of the installation.
Delete Securesurf.biz “Virus”
Safe Mode and Hidden files and folders
Before you begin the removal you have to enter Safe mode on your PC. If you don’t know how to that that we’ve provided our own guide for your cnvinience.
Next Reveal Hidden File and Folders. Again, check our guide if you need any help.
Uninstalling suspicious programs
This is probably one of the most important steps so make sure you are thorough with it. Open your Start Menu and in the search field type Control Panel. Open the first search result and go to Uninstall a Program. Carefully look through the resulting list for any installs that you do not recognize and/or that seem suspicious. If you find any, select them and click on Uninstall.
Disable suspicious startup programs
Next – once again go to your Start Menu and type System Configuration in the search field. Open the first result and go to the Startup section. Again, look for any suspicious programs and if anything seems out of place or is from an unknown manufacturer, disable it and click OK.
Check your DNS
For this one, you’ll have to access your Network Connections. If you are a Windows 7 user, go to your Control Panel and in the search field (top-right) type adapter. Then, under Network Sharing Center, click on Network Connections. If you are on Win 10, simply type Network Connections in the search field next to the Start Menu button and hit Enter.
Next, right click on the icon of the adapter that you are currently using and select Properties. There is a list from which you must click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and then select Properties. If the DNS is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure you set it that way.
After that, go to Advanced and then to the section labeled DNS. If there is anything in the DNS servers addresses field, make sure you remove and press OK.
Clean your browsers
- First, right click on your browser icon and select Properties. Go to the Shortcut section and delete anything written after .exe in the Target
- This step varies depending upon what browser you are using
- For Chrome: Open your browser and open the menu in the top-right corner. Select Settings. Then, select Extensions (top-left). Remove any questionable and suspicious-looking extensions. Also, we suggest to go back to Settings, access the Advanced Settings at the bottom of the page and us Clear browsing data to make sure nothing is left of the unwanted software.
- For Firefox: Open the browser and access its main menu (top-right corner). Go to Add-ons > Extensions and remove everything that looks shady and unwanted.
- For IE: Click on the settings icon and select Manage Add-ons. In the resulting list, eliminate anything that you think might be related to the problematic software.
Remove suspicious processes
Now, open your Task Manager (R-Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and go to the Processes tab. Look carefully through the list and find the unwanted program’s process. Right-click on it and open its directory. Delete everything in there and then go back to the process it self and end it.
That’s it! Securesurf.biz should no longer be present on your PC. If you need any more help or have questions of any kind feel free to contact us in the comment section below!