I wrote this article to help you remove Searchsecretly.net. This Searchsecretly.net removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
If all of a sudden you start seeing the Searchsecretly.net page all the time, you are in trouble. This site is a clear sign that there is a cyber infection on your machine. Yes, a browser hijacker, to be exact. The pest has managed to slither in and it is your job to delete it as soon as possible. Hijackers are the perfect combination of useless, annoying and dangerous. If given the time, they will cause you some irreversible damage. This is why it is absolutely crucial to act fast.
If you procrastinate and ignore the threats the hijackers poses, your situation will worsen. The pest will eventually get out of hand and then it may be too late to fix it. Don’t put up with the parasite`s shenanigans. It has nothing good to offer you. On the contrary. It will bury in problems which will continue piling up to the point of no return. Don’t allow that. There is no place for such infection on your machine. The sooner you remove it, the better.
Hijackers are extremely sneaky viruses. They get in your system in complete silence and only then they inform you of their presence. But how do they get in? As they need your approval to enter, these pests turn to trickery and deception to get it. They do ask for it after all, but they do so in the sneakiest way possible. They rely on tricks and tactics and, most importantly, on your haste, distraction, and negligence. For instance, a hijacker could hide behind spam email messages or malicious links/ads. It could hitch a ride with a freeware bundle or lurk behind corrupted pages. It is very important that you are cautious. What all infections need the most is your carelessness. Without it, you would never say “yes” to their entering request.
So, why grant it? Be more vigilant and don’t actively help crooks infect you. Stay away from shady pages. Don’t open emails from unknown senders. Don’t download their attachments. When installing a program, carefully read the Terms and Conditions and understand what you are actually giving green light to. Remember that preventing an infection from entering is much easier that dealing with it later on. Be careful and stay safe.
As soon as the hijacker enters, problems start. For starters, you start noticing changes in your browsers` setting which you don’t remember approving. And this is because you didn’t. The pest didn’t bother asking you. It doesn’t need your authorizations to make reshuffles. It acts as it sees fit. So now the Searchsecretly.net page is practically everywhere. When you open your browsers, you see it. When you open a new tab, you see it. It is among the search results you get. It even replaces your previous search engine and homepage. Again, no permission required. Also, any time you try loading another page you somehow get redirected back to Searchsecretly.net. The site becomes your constant online companion. And it is not alone. You are forced to visit other just as shady pages as well. And, you are constantly bombarded with a never-ending pile of ads that come is all kinds of forms and shapes.
Your browsing experience turns into a nightmare altogether. You are not able to find anything you are looking for online. You are interrupted all the time. You are always one click away from malware as nothing the hijacker displays can be trusted and a single click on the wrong ad/link/page could mean you getting stuck with more infections. Moreover, because of all this, your machine suffers as well. It starts to underperform. Its speed slows down. It crashes frequently. Your browsers freeze too. Even your Internet connection may become unstable. And yet, there is one more thing that makes all the above-mentioned issues pale. The security risk.
The hijacker doesn’t only ruin your browsing and slows down your PC. It also threatens to expose your private details to strangers. That’s right. The virus spies on you. It has access to your personal information. We are talking IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, accounts, browser history/results/queries, etc. If you are particularly unlucky, you may even get your financial and personally identifiable data stolen. Needless to say, everything the hijacker has access to, the crooks have access to as well. The question is, are you going to sit idly by, waiting for this to happen? We doubt it. Find where the infection is lurking from and delete immediately. To do so manually, use our removal guide below.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Searchsecretly.net from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Searchsecretly.net from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.