How to remove Secure Search Bar from the computer and browsers

Advertising programs have recently become more inventive, and in some cases even evolve beyond the limits defined years ago. This is exactly what happened in case of Secure Search Bar: an advertising program, being a common browser hijacker, acts quite interestingly. In this article, we will explain how the Secure Search Bar operates, and why this program and its analogs have been so successful lately.

 

Secure Search Bar adware

What is Secure Search Bar. Removal reasons and methods

Many common users, as well as the professional malware researchers, notice that viruses and adware care less about the complexity of the design and the invention of new ways of infection. Now malware relies almost entirely on users. The first stage consists of attracting the user's attention, and convincing him that he really needs the program. Let's look at this step in more detail, using the example of Secure Search Bar:

 

  • Secure Search Bar, according to the creators of the program, provides the user a "secure" search, which in general reflects the concern of the average user with Internet security. The program seems interesting, but the user may not download it after seeing it on some site. Although, if he sees it already installed on the computer, or built into the browser – he won't bother to remove it.
  • The second step of penetration is to convince the user of the usefulness of the program, or at least that it is not harmful. After making sure of this, the user will stop worrying. This goal is achieved through the blurry description of the function itself: "secure search providing". It sounds nice, but an ordinary user installing programs of this kind has no idea of what the protected search is, and from what is it protected.

 

As you can see, the scheme includes two simple steps, and none of them relies on the actions of adware. On the contrary, the effect is achieved through manipulations and so-called "social engineering".

 

 

 

Thanks to the simplest application and smart description of the program, scammers ensure that thousands of users install the Secure Search Bar and use it until its harmfulness becomes absolutely obvious. Depending on the frequency of use of the browser and the user's competence, this period can last from several hours to several months. At this time, the Secure Search Bar shows the user ads and manipulates the search distribution under the guise of securing a search. The program replaces the search results, putting unreliable websites in the first positions, and attracting traffic to them.

The most interesting thing is that scammers do not even need to invent anything: they use the already existing functionality of Google CSE (Custom Search Engine). This function allows you to search with some amendments and making some corrections scammers provide traffic to the sites they advertise. When a user tries to remove the Secure Search Bar from a computer - he can't do this, because of the in-built defense mechanisms. In some cases, redirects and advertisements continue even after the removal of the Secure Search Bar. Now we will explain, in what ways scammers achieve this effect:

  • First, the Secure Search Bar changes the browser settings so that each new tab and start page directs the user to the scam site. Even after the application itself has been deleted, the settings will remain in effect and you will still see the advertisement.
  • Another popular way is to change the properties of the browser shortcut. If basic shortcut settings are active, a click on the shortcut activates a command to start the browser. Secure Search Bar changes the properties, and the shortcut now commands to open the scam site in the selected browser. Thanks to this, even after removing the Secure Search Bar and changing the settings, you will see ads.
  • The last way is the restore after removal. During the installation, Secure Search Bar adds additional rows to the registry that, after discovering that the program has been deleted, initiates its re-installation from the saved copies.

Secure Search Bar removal tool

As a result, to completely and efficiently remove Secure Search Bar from your computer, you may need too much time if you do not use the detailed instructions below. If you are not confident that you're able to do that manually - it might be easier for you to use a special program that will easily remove Secure Search Bar for you. This program is called Spyhunter, and by installing it you can get rid of all unwanted programs without applying any effort.

 

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Secure Search Bar removal instructions

If you use MAC OS, follow our article: MAC adware removal.

 

 

Step 1. Uninstall Secure Search Bar from Control Panel

Instruction for Windows XP and Windows 7

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.

2. In the Currently installed programs box, click the Secure Search Bar, and then click Change or Change/Remove.

3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to make the changes that you want.

Press Start - Control Panel Choose Programs - Uninstall a program Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'

 

Instruction for Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter Control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by: select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

 

Instruction for Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Secure Search Bar and press Uninstall

Type 'Control Panel' in Search field Programs in Control Panel Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'

 

Step 2. Remove Secure Search Bar from the browser

Note: If you use antimalware scanner, it will take you through the following steps automatically.

 

Instruction for Google Chrome

1. Launch Google Chrome browser, click Menu (Customize and Control Google Chrome)

2. Select More tools > Extensions. Left-click on Extensions

3. On the Secure Search Bar, click Remove from Chrome

4. A notice to remove the extension will appear. Click Remove

How to remove Secure Search Bar from Google Chrome. Step 1 How to delete Secure Search Bar from Google Chrome. Step 2 How to uninstall Secure Search Bar from Google Chrome. Step 3

 

Instruction for Internet Explorer

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click Tools

3. Select Manage add-ons

4. Select Secure Search Bar and press Disable

How to uninstall Secure Search Bar from Internet Explorer. Step 1 How to remove Secure Search Bar from Internet Explorer. Step 2 How to delete Secure Search Bar from Internet Explorer. Step 3

 

Instruction for Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox

2. Open Menu

3. Click Add-ons

4. Select Extensions

5. On the Secure Search Bar, press Remove

How to uninstall Secure Search Bar from Mozilla Firefox. Step 1 How to delete Secure Search Bar from Mozilla Firefox. Step 1 How to remove Secure Search Bar from Mozilla Firefox. Step 3

 

Instruction for Safari

1. Open Safari browser

2. Click Menu (Display a menu of General Safari Settings)

3. Select Reset Safari...

4. Press Reset

How to delete Secure Search Bar from Safari. Step 1 How to uninstall Secure Search Bar from Safari. Step 2 How to remove Secure Search Bar from Safari. Step 3

 

Instruction for Opera

1. Start Opera browser

2. Click Menu (Customize and Control Opera)

3. Select Extensions

4. Choose Secure Search Bar and press button Remove from Opera

How to remove Secure Search Bar from Opera. Step 1 How to delete Secure Search Bar from Opera. Step 2 How to uninstall Secure Search Bar from Opera. Step 3

 

Video instruction how to remove ads from the browser

 

 

 

Step 3. Delete elements that would stay after Secure Search Bar deletion

1. Remove files and folders, if they stayed:

  • Type Secure Search Bar in the search box
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, Click Computer
  • Wait for the search results
  • Delete items found

2. Delete registry keys

  • Click the Start button
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Press Ctrl+F and type 'Secure Search Bar'
  • Click 'Find Next'
  • Delete the entries that were found

Step 4 (Optional). Scan the computer with antimalware scanner

  • Download antivirus tool, e.g. Adwcleaner
  • Press Scan button

 

AdwCleaner start window

 

  • Press Clean button

 

AdwCleaner scan the system

 

Instruction for Mac OS

1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications

2. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash

3. Choose Finder > Empty Trash

 

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