Remove search.mysecurify.com browser hijacker

Also Known As: Securify browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.mysecurify.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.mysecurify.com?

search.mysecurify.com is a fake web search engine that supposedly enhance web browsing experience by generating improved search results. Judging on the appearance alone, search.mysecurify.com actually seems appropriate and handy. However, it is worth mentioning that developers proliferate this app by using a browser-hijacking application called Securify, which pretends to increase web browsing security. Yet this browser hijacker often infiltrates the system without asking for a permission. Moreover, both search.mysecurify.com and Securify are designed to record data relating to user's web browsing activity.

search.mysecurify.com browser hijacker

One of the main Securify's purposes is to promote search.mysecurify.com. To achieve this, Securify hijacks various popular web browsers and modifies new tab URL/homepage/default search engine options by assigning as search.mysecurify.com. These changes are insignificant. However, users are unable to revert them, because Securify prevents them by simply reassigning settings (or not allowing to access them) whenever users attempt to change. Therefore, as long as this browser hijacker is present, returning browsers to their previous state simply becomes impossible. Users are forced to visit search.mysecurify.com whenever they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. Now we should also mention that search.mysecurify.com, as a web search engine, is completely useless, since it does not generate any search results by itself. Instead, search.mysecurify.com simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com. In other words, users merely end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine) and search.mysecurify.com becomes completely irrelevant. As said before, both search.mysecurify.com and Securify continually gather various information. This is very common behavior for fake web search engines and browser-hijacking applications. The list of collected data types usually includes (but it is not limited to) search queries, websites visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, and other similar information. This recorded information usually includes personal details, which is why developers sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received information. Hence, data tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Users who encounter redirects to search.mysecurify.com should immediately uninstall Securify browser hijacker and never return to this site again.

Threat Summary:
Name Securify
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Securify
Supposed Functionality Privacy/virus protection.
Promoted URL search.mysecurify.com
Serving IP Address (search.mysecurify.com) 104.24.125.85
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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There are many fake web search engines similar to search.mysecurify.com. freehdsearch.comapprovedresults.comsearch.searchpcst.com - the list goes on and on. Almost all of them offer improved search results and, in some cases, other useful features (quick access to popular websites, weather forecast, currency exchange rates, file conversion, etc.) However, the purpose of fake web search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, rather than being useful, these sites cause redirects and gather various information. Same goes for browser-hijacking apps. We should mention that some fake search engines generate misleading results and/or intrusive advertisements, both leading to unreliable websites. This means that usage of fake web search engines might eventually lead to further system infections.

How did Securify install on my computer?

Securify does have an official download website. Nevertheless, this site often infiltrates computers without asking for a permission. That's because developers proliferate it by using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements (often delivered by already present adware-type applications) redirect users to questionable sites and may also redirect to unreliable websites. "Bundling", on the other hand, is an undercover installation of third party applications alongside with the regular software. "Bundled" applications are usually concealed behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. What's more frustrating is that users often recklessly rush these procedures, skip most of the steps, and click on various advertisements. Behavior like such often leads to inadvertent installations of third party applications alongside with the regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to prevent potentially unwanted applications from infiltrating the system users must be very cautious during the download/installation processes, as well as when browsing the Internet. It is extremely importnat to carefully analyze each window of download/installation dialogs using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. While doing so, users should opt-out additionally included programs and decline all offers to download/install such. Desired programs should be downloaded only from official sources, preferably using direct download links, because third party downloaders/installers usually include rogue apps. We should also mention that intrusive advertisements usually look completely appropriate, due to the fact that developers invest a lot of resources into intrusive ads' design. As a result, these advertisements usually look completely appropriate. Luckily, ads expose themselves by redirecting to unreliable websites. Gambling, adult dating, pornography, these are only few examples of such sites. In case of such ads/redirects users should remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Securify, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Securify browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Securify browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Securify browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

search.mysecurify.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Securify"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.mysecurify.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Securify browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.mysecurify.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing search.mysecurify.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.mysecurify.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:

Removing search.mysecurify.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the securify 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.mysecurify.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Securify" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mysecurify.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.mysecurify.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.mysecurify.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list disable "Securify", look for "search.mysecurify.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the securify browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.mysecurify.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Securify", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.mysecurify.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.mysecurify.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.mysecurify.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "mysecurify.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with securify 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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

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