Search.mysecurify.com redirect removal instructions
What is search.mysecurify.com?
search.mysecurify.com is a fake search engine that supposedly enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results. Judging on appearance alone, search.mysecurify.com may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers proliferate this app using a browser-hijacking application called Securify, which claims to improve browsing security. In fact, this browser hijacker often infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, search.mysecurify.com and Securify record data relating to browsing activity.
One of Securify's main purposes is to promote search.mysecurify.com. To achieve this, it hijacks various popular browsers and modifies the new tab URL/homepage/default search engine options by assigning them to search.mysecurify.com. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them, since Securify simply reassigns settings (or prevents access) when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, as long as this browser hijacker is present, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit search.mysecurify.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. Note that search.mysecurify.com is a useless search engine, since it generates no unique results and simply redirects to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, users merely end up searching via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine), thus rendering search.mysecurify.com redundant. Furthermore, search.mysecurify.com and Securify continually gather user-information. This behavior is common to fake search engines and browser-hijacking applications. The list of collected data types usually includes (but is not limited to) search queries, websites visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, and other similar information. This information can include personal details that developers sell to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to search.mysecurify.com, uninstall the Securify browser hijacker and never return to this site.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Privacy/virus protection.|
|Serving IP Address (search.mysecurify.com)||126.96.36.199|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Many fake search engines are similar to search.mysecurify.com, including freehdsearch.com, approvedresults.com, and search.searchpcst.com - the list goes on. Most offer improved search results and, in some cases, other 'useful features' (quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, file conversion, etc.), however, the only purpose of fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any useful features, these sites cause redirects and gather information. The same applies to browser-hijacking apps. Some fake search engines generate misleading results and/or intrusive advertisements, leading to dubious websites. Therefore, using fake search engines can lead to further system infections.
How did Securify install on my computer?
Securify has an 'official' download website, however, the app often infiltrates computers without users’ permission, since developers proliferate it using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements (often delivered by adware-type applications already present on the system) redirect users to dubious sites. "Bundling", on the other hand, is stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software. "Bundled" applications are usually concealed behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush these procedures, skip steps, and click various advertisements. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of third party applications together with regular software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent system infiltration by PUAs, be very cautious during the download/installation processes and when browsing the internet. Study each window of the download/installation dialogs using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out of additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Your programs should be downloaded from official sources only, preferably using direct download links, since third party downloaders/installers usually include rogue apps. Intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into intrusive ad design, however, they often redirect to dubious websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc. These are just some examples. If you experience these ads/redirects, remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Securify, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Securify browser hijacker:
Another website used to promote Securify browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is search.mysecurify.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Securify application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.mysecurify.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Securify browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.mysecurify.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.mysecurify.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Securify 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 (for example, "Securify"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that 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:
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://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:
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 "Search".
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.
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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Securify" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the 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:
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 engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, disable "Securify", look for "search.mysecurify.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the securify browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) 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 on "Extensions" and remove "Securify", as well as all other 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://search.mysecurify.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: "mysecurify.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the securify browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove securify browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
Post a comment:
If you have additional information on securify browser hijacker or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.