What is Securefindersearch.com?
Our security team at anti-spyware-101.com identifies Securefindersearch.com as a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are particular programs that change your browser settings and then try to expose to third-party content that should help the people who created this program make money. Do not worry; the program cannot steal your money because it is not that sophisticated. Likewise, it is also not complicated to remove Securefindersearch.com from your computer. Just take a look at the instructions below this description, and you will be able to delete this application yourself. In the case you find the instructions too challenging, you can remove the program automatically.
Where does Securefindersearch.com come from?
One of the main difficulties with browser hijackers is that users seldom notice when they install them. This is where you may stop us and say that you do not remember installing this application, but that is exactly the point: Most of the time, users are not aware of the fact they allow such programs to enter their computers.
There is no official website that would be distributing this application, and no reputable program would suggest adding Securefindersearch.com to your browser. However, if you often engage into downloading and installing third-party applications, there is a good chance you will end up installing this browser hijacker, too.
We would like to point out that it is possible to avoid getting these unwanted programs if you check all the installation steps carefully. Unfortunately, users tend to breeze through the setup, and they do not bother checking all the steps. If they were to do that, they would be able to deselect programs that may cause security-related problems in the future. Since they do not do that, the likes of Securefindersearch.com easily enter target computers.
What does Securefindersearch.com do?
There is nothing much to say about the hijacker’s behavior because almost all of these programs are pretty much the same. They will affect your default browser by changing your homepage and default search engine. All of your search results will be redirected to securefindersearch.com through the extsearch.maxwebsearch.com server. This server is often used by various browser hijackers to collect information on user traffic. Eventually, you will land on a modified Yahoo! search page.
Needless to say, Yahoo! Search has nothing to do with this browser hijacker. Securefindersearch.com simply makes use of the popular search engine to make it seem as though its service is fast and reliable. In reality, the search results on Yahoo! Search will be customized according to your web browsing history. The hijacker will know most of your likes and preferences because it collects information about you via tracking cookies. This is something all the other browser hijackers in the same family do. According to our research, this program belongs to the same group as Search.myspeedtestxp.com, Search.mygamesxp.com, Search.MyTelevisionXp.com, and a number of other annoying threats.
What is the most dangerous about a browser hijacker? Ironically, it is not the hijacker itself. You should be worried about the fact that the application could be exploited by cyber criminals. For instance, Securefindersearch.com could be misused for corrupted content promotion and even malware distribution. That is not to say that the hijacker does that on purpose. It has no decision power over what kind of content gets embedded into its advertising space, so sometimes the links you may click could redirect you to malicious websites. Keeping in mind such risks, it is clear why you have to remove Securefindersearch.com from your PC.
How do I remove Securefindersearch.com?
You have to delete this program from your computer via Registry Editor and the Program files directory. Changing browser settings via your browser may not be enough to terminate the infection. What’s more, after you have removed the hijacker, scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner at least once. There might be more unwanted applications on-board, so you have to be sure you have taken care of all the potential threats.
When you have protected your computer against similar intruders, remember to stay away from unfamiliar sites that distribute third-party applications. Also, when you install new programs, take your time and read or at least scan all the steps because that way you may be able to avoid serious computer security problems.
Manual Securefindersearch.com Removal
- Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
- On the right, right-click the Start Page value. Select Modify.
- Change the start page and click OK.
- Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
- Go to Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[Unique Mozilla user ID].
- Open the prefs.js file.
- Delete this string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://Securefindersearch.com");
- Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
- Go to Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
- Delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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