How to Remove Secure-surf.net

My computer got infected with annoying browser hijacker Secure-surf.net last night after I downloaded a attachment from Gmail. I did not understand how can this happen as when I checked the new file, I found that it was only a word file with some codes contained. But its download caused this browser hijacker on Chrome. I could not distinguish whether the file I downloaded was dangerous as my antivirus tool did not pop up any warning. However, the browser hijacker did exist. Can you help me delete it?

Secure-surf.net is difficult to remove as it adds many associated files and registry entries on system. To completely and safely remove Secure-surf.net, you are recommended to download efficient auto-fix tool.

 

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More about Secure-surf.net

Secure-surf.net is a browser hijacker which is well known by many users around the world. This browser virus is created by cyber crook who want to affect target computer and take over installed web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer etc. it comes to your computer system by using advanced techniques that it is able to elude malware detection from installed antivirus tools on your computer. This is the answer to the question why there are few users with high computer skills can realize the infection of this malware at the beginning. This infection will cause more problems once it takes over browsers by altering default settings. Hijacking installed browsers is its first step that it will replace homepage and search engine. The setting of homepage is changed to its domain and the search engine is changed to nova.rambler.ru which is also a dangerous browser hijacker. When you utilize the search service offered by this browser hijacker, you will get search result from rambler.ru search engine. To be more detailed, the web page of search result will be redirected to nova.rambler.ru. this malware not only changes default settings of browsers but also modifies system settings like start up item to make malicious processes can automatically load as long as computer is operating. Undoubtedly, this is dangerous malware in nature because it harms computers by breaking a loophole for introducing other threats.

 

Secure-surf.net

 

Secure-surf.net is a type of computer threat which is created purposely for marketing third parties, such as websites, products, ads and even potential risks. The purpose of creating this malware is for publicity and commercial purposes. While the infected web browser is controlled, this browser hijacker starts spying on your online activities. When the browser is launched, this nasty malware tracks all step and records all valuable information from your browser. Browser history, cookies, bookmarks, favorites and other details that contain your online data will be copied by this malware. All details will be sent to remote developers of this Secure-surf.net browser hijacker on the purpose of analyzing your online habits like what products you want and what information you want to search. After knowing your habits and interest, related ads that meet your need will be displayed on screen. If you really want to look for such kind of information, you would be attractive by these and attempt to click on them because you want to know more information. Unfortunately, you will be redirected to unsafe websites if you click at any of these ads. The websites that the ads link are not guaranteed to be safe. No matter what information you try to search, results you get from this browser hijacker are some promotional links and ads. All these activities can not be achieved if the default homepage and search engine are not hijacked by Secure-surf.net. its developers earn money by using your clicks on pop up ads and ads as well as your access to other websites. The sites owner may not be a hacker who will steal your identity but the site owner may have interest relationship with cyber hackers. Your click on malicious ads can help site owner get paid-per-click revenue.

Note: Secure-surf.net is a dangerous virus developed by cyber hackers for boosting traffics and generating advertising revenue via malicious means. It is not safe to keep this malware on computer, especially use its search function. It could lead to identity theft if it continue to hijack homepage and search engine. For this reason, it is strongly advised that you take effective actions to get rid of Secure-surf.net virus immediately.


 

How Does Secure-surf.net Distribute?

Secure-surf.net invades your computer in secret ways that it attaches to program bundles and then infiltrates into system like additional installation. Browser hijacker like this usually comes bundled with free download. Freeware and shareware are very common that most users choose to download freely from the internet. However, freeware and shareware are also common programs used by hacker to distribute malware. Browser hijacker, adware, PUP, extension and other malicious third parties can be implanted to these free programs and then uploaded to different websites. Malware can come into your computer when you download any piece of third party that it attaches. Even browser hijacker like Secure-surf.net is an unwanted stuff, it can be inserted to legitimate program. In reality, users can stop the installation of malware when it tries to install by rejecting to install before the new software installation process.

Secure-surf.net can easily spread through the internet if it attaches to third parties. The time you download its file by installing third parties, you will get your computer hacked by it and you just do not realize. Tricky as this browser hijacker, it hides on system with random files names and modifies default settings by adding new registry entries to system. As a result, it is able to bypass detection because it is marked as legitimate. Malicious codes will be contained on the free programs it attaches that look harmless but dangerous. What is more, sponsored ads and pop up content from unsafe sites are also used for distributing browser hijacker, adware, PUP and other malware. Therefore, you need to be careful before installing new programs.

How to Remove Secure-surf.net

Removing Secure-surf.net is not only about simply going to infected web browser and remove its links from browser settings. you also need to manage system files and registry entries to clean all related traces. Manually removal method is not easy. If you are not skillful, you are advised to follow automatic removal guide.

Automatic Removal Guide

 

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  • Copy the downloaded file to your computer and then run it on your PC. When a dialog box pops up as below, click the Run button.SpyHunter-shortcut

click run

  • Select the language you prefer and click the OK button.

select language

  • Click CONTINUE to proceed.

click continue

  • Click I accept the EULA and Policy and click the INSTALL button.

accept terms and agreements

  • Now SpyHunter is being installed on your PC. Just for a few time.

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  • Once SpyHunter is successfully installed on your PC, click the EXIT button.

click finish

  • Then, boot your PC into the Safe Mode. After you access the desktop, double click the icon of SpyHunter to run it on your PC. On its main screen, click the Scan Computer Now button to do a full system scan.

scan computer now

  • SpyHunter now will start scanning the entire system for any existing threats.

scanning process

  • When the scanning is done, SpyHunter will show you all detected threats. Click the Fix Threats button if you want to remove all found threats.

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  • After all threats are completely deleted from your PC, restart your PC.

 


 

 

Manual Removal Guide

 

Step two. Delete malicious links from browsers

Secure-surf.net adds its link to homepage, start up page and search engine once it hijacks Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. To completely clean them, you must delete its link one by one and do not miss any settings.

ie iconInternet Explorer

Open IE homepage, click main settings icon at the top right corner and then select “internet options” from list

 

internet options

 

Go to internet options window, delete Secure-surf.net from homepage box and then put “about:blank” into it instead.

 

ie homepage

 

Do not forgive to click “OK” to save the changes.

Delete link from properties settings

Find Internet Explorer icon on desktop, right click it first, and then select “properties” option from the drop-down list.

IE

 

Once the new window is opened, check “target” section and delete http://Secure-surf.net/ which is added after “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe””. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”” only. Check it again, click “OK” as it is clear.

ie properties

chrome iconGoogle Chrome

Open chrome startup page, click main settings icon at the top right corner and move to choose “settings” option from pull-down list

 

settings

Go to settings page, click “set pages” option.

set pages

 

Remove Secure-surf.net link from startup pages window. Then you can leave the start up page box blank or just put “about:blank” or other favorite start up page link into it optionally.

chrome start up

 

Click “OK” to save.

start up ok

Back to settings page, click “change” option.

change

Remove Secure-surf.net link from home page option. Put “about:blank” into it instead or you can just leave it blank.chrome homepage

 

Click “OK” to save and exist

change ok

 

close web browser

Delete link from properties settings

 

Find Chrome icon on desktop, right click it first, and then select “properties” option from the drop-down list.

CHROME

Once the new window is opened, check “target” section and delete http://Secure-surf.net/ which is added after “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” only. Check it again, click “OK” as it is clear.

chrome properties

Click continue once the “access denied” window pops up

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firefox iconMozilla Firefox

open Firefox homepage, click main menu icon and selet “options”

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go to homnepage setting and remove Secure-surf.net link from homepage box.

firefox homepage

 

close web browser

Delete link from properties settings

Find Firefox icon on desktop, right click it first, and then select “properties” option from the drop-down list.

FIREFOX

Once the new window is opened, check “target” section and delete http://Secure-surf.net/ which is added after “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”. Delete the unwanted link and leave “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” only. Check it again, click “OK” as it is clear.

firefox properties

 

Click continue once the “access denied” window pops up

FIREFOX

 

 

Step three. Locate and remove registry entries:

Click start or windows icon at the lower let corner on desktop, search “regedit” on computer. And then click “regedit” program

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As a result, the registry editor will pop up. Click “edit” and then choose “find”

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Once the search box pops up, put Secure-surf.net into it and click “find next” option

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Delete related registry string found after searching.

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Right click it and select “delete”

 

delete registry

Back to find related registry again and repeat this step till no related strings are found.

Restart computer.

 


 

Conclusion

Secure-surf.net will completely mess up your browsers after changing default settings. It alters DNS settings and controls browser activities fully. Once it takes charge of your online activities, you will encounter endless troubles a lot of pop up ads, error messages and other annoying things which will prevent you from using computer and surfing the web. For deliver more ads to system, it will stealthily collect your personal information. And that is why most ads are displayed based on your habits and interest.

Attention: It is not recommended to manually remove Secure-surf.net because the manual removal is kind of complicated and you may mistakenly delete files or improperly remove registry entries. Any mistaken deletion of file or registry can lead to more system damages. If you fail to get rid of Secure-surf.net manually, you are recommended to use auto-fix tool to clean all PC threats automatically.

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