Searchencrypt.com redirect removal instructions
What is searchencrypt.com?
searchencrypt.com is presented as an Internet search engine that generates improved search results, thereby enhancing the browsing experience. Judging on appearance alone, this site barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other reputable search engines. Therefore, many users believe that searchencrypt.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, this website is promoted via rogue downloaders/installers that modify browser settings without consent. In addition, searchencrypt.com continually monitors web browsing activity by recording various user-system information.
Rogue set-ups hijack Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, stealthily assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to searchencrypt.com. Set-ups stealthily install a number of third party applications and/or browser plug-ins (so-called "helper objects") to automatically reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit searchencrypt.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Furthermore, helper objects (and searchencrypt.com) continually record various user-system information that might be personally identifiable including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, URLs visited, search queries, etc. This collected data is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking can result in serious privacy issues. If you encounter unwanted redirects to searchencrypt.com, remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.
searchencrypt.com has very similar characteristics to hundreds of other fake search engines such as searchdimension.com, searchanonymo.com, searchesspace.com, and surfilters.com. All offer identical functionality (improved search results), however, fake search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and are useless for regular users. Websites such as searchencrypt.com merely cause unwanted redirects and continually gather various user-system information.
How did searchencrypt.com install on my computer?
To promote searchencrypt.com, developers employ a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", since they know that users commonly rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, information regarding modification of browser settings is hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" options of these procedures. By skipping this section, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify various options, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, choose the "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.
- What is searchencrypt.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall searchencrypt.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchencrypt.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove searchencrypt.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchencrypt.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchencrypt.com redirect from Safari.
searchencrypt.com browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the searchencrypt.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
searchencrypt.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchencrypt.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "searchencrypt".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchencrypt.com browser hijacker, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over Search the Web and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "SearchEncrypt" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchencrypt.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchencrypt.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "searchencrypt.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with searchencrypt.com browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of searchencrypt.com browser hijacker be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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