About this infection

SecureSearch.co is a dubious website that will be set as your homepage by a browser hijacker. You must have recently installed some kind of freeware, and did not see the hijacker being attached. If those added items go unnoticed, they are allowed to install without your explicit permission. The hijacker itself is not malicious but it will set its promoted site as your homepage, new tabs and search engine, which is done without your permission.


The hijacker’s promoted site will track your Internet behavior, collect information about you, and possibly redirect you to sponsored sites. While hijackers themselves are not malicious, some could lead to malware-ridden sites which could result in a malware infection. The hijacker does not belong on your computer, thus the sooner you delete SecureSearch.co, the better.

How are hijackers distributed?

Browser hijackers are added to freeware as extra offers, and in order to prevent their installation, all you need to do is deselect them. It’s not difficult to do that, you just need to use Advanced or Custom settings when installing freeware, and if added items become visible, you need to deselect them. If you rush through the process or use Default settings, you will miss all those items, which is essentially like giving them permission to install. Pay attention to what you install and how you do it, and you may avoid having to remove SecureSearch.co or similar later on.

Why uninstall SecureSearch.co?

The browser hijacker will set you a new homepage and new tabs without your permission, and will not allow you to reverse the changes until you delete SecureSearch.co. It does not really matter which browser you are using because it will affect most of them, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The site will have links to many different kinds of pages, such as Gmail, LinkedIn, reddit, Amazon, Netflix. It also provides a search engine, and if you use it, a warning will pop-up saying that what you search for will be sent over an insecure connection and read by a third-party. It also allows you to choose from different search engines. We recommend that you read the Privacy Policy and find out what kind of information is gathered about you. In a rather confusing manner, the Policy will state that it will be collecting personal information, which could include name, age, gender, etc. It’s highly doubtful that you want some questionable hijacker to have any kind of information about you, so it’s best you remove SecureSearch.co as soon as possible.

SecureSearch.co removal

You have two options when it comes to SecureSearch.co removal. If you know where to locate the threat, you can get rid of it manually. Additionally, we will provide instructions to help you below this article. If you would prefer to uninstall SecureSearch.co automatically, obtain reliable anti-spyware software and have it take care of everything.

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Quick Menu

Step 1. Uninstall SecureSearch.co and related programs.

Remove SecureSearch.co from Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel choose Programs and Features and select to Uninstall a software.

Delete SecureSearch.co from Windows 8

Uninstall SecureSearch.co from Windows 7

Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features → Uninstall a program.

Uninstall SecureSearch.co from Windows 7

Delete SecureSearch.co from Windows XP

Click Start → Settings → Control Panel. Locate and click → Add or Remove Programs.

Remove SecureSearch.co from Windows XP

Remove SecureSearch.co from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for SecureSearch.co or any other suspicious software. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash, then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

SecureSearch.co removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete SecureSearch.co from your browsers

Terminate the unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
  1. Tap the Gear icon and go to Manage Add-ons. SecureSearch.co IE gear
  2. Pick Toolbars and Extensions and eliminate all suspicious entries (other than Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Oracle or Adobe) SecureSearch.co IE toolbars and extensions
  3. Leave the window.
Change Internet Explorer homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of your browser and click Internet Options. SecureSearch.co IE gear
  2. In General Tab remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Press Apply to save changes. SecureSearch.co IE toolbars and extensions
Reset your browser
  1. Click the Gear icon and move to Internet Options. SecureSearch.co IE options
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset. SecureSearch.co IE reset browser
  3. Choose Delete personal settings and pick Reset one more time. SecureSearch.co IE reset
  4. Tap Close and leave your browser. SecureSearch.co IE close
  5. If you were unable to reset your browsers, employ a reputable anti-malware and scan your entire computer with it.
Erase SecureSearch.co from Google Chrome
  1. Access menu (top right corner of the window) and pick Settings. SecureSearch.co Chrome menu
  2. Choose Extensions. SecureSearch.co Chrome settings
  3. Eliminate the suspicious extensions from the list by clicking the Trash bin next to them. SecureSearch.co Chrome extensions remove
  4. If you are unsure which extensions to remove, you can disable them temporarily. SecureSearch.co Chrome extensions disable
Reset Google Chrome homepage and default search engine if it was hijacker by virus
  1. Press on menu icon and click Settings. SecureSearch.co Chrome menu
  2. Look for the “Open a specific page” or “Set Pages” under “On start up” option and click on Set pages. SecureSearch.co Chrome settings
  3. In another window remove malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. SecureSearch.co Chrome extensions remove
  4. Under the Search section choose Manage Search engines. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search websites. You should leave only Google or your preferred search name. SecureSearch.co Chrome extensions disable
    SecureSearch.co Chrome extensions disable
Reset your browser
  1. If the browser still does not work the way you prefer, you can reset its settings.
  2. Open menu and navigate to Settings. SecureSearch.co Chrome settings more
  3. Press Reset button at the end of the page. SecureSearch.co Chrome advanced menu
  4. Tap Reset button one more time in the confirmation box. SecureSearch.co Chrome reset
  5. If you cannot reset the settings, purchase a legitimate anti-malware and scan your PC.
Remove SecureSearch.co from Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the top right corner of the screen, press menu and choose Add-ons (or tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously). SecureSearch.co Firefox add ons
  2. Move to Extensions and Add-ons list and uninstall all suspicious and unknown entries. SecureSearch.co Firefox extensions
Change Mozilla Firefox homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap on the menu (top right corner), choose Options. SecureSearch.co Firefox reset confirm
  2. On General tab delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default. SecureSearch.co Firefox reset confirm
  3. Press OK to save these changes.
Reset your browser
  1. Open the menu and tap Help button. SecureSearch.co Firefox help
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information. SecureSearch.co Firefox troubleshooting
  3. Press Refresh Firefox. SecureSearch.co Firefox reset
  4. In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox once more. SecureSearch.co Firefox reset confirm
  5. If you are unable to reset Mozilla Firefox, scan your entire computer with a trustworthy anti-malware.
Uninstall SecureSearch.co from Safari (Mac OS X)
  1. Access the menu.
  2. Pick Preferences. SecureSearch.co Safari menu
  3. Go to the Extensions Tab. SecureSearch.co Safari extensions
  4. Tap the Uninstall button next to the undesirable SecureSearch.co and get rid of all the other unknown entries as well. If you are unsure whether the extension is reliable or not, simply uncheck the Enable box in order to disable it temporarily.
  5. Restart Safari.
Reset your browser
  1. Tap the menu icon and choose Reset Safari. SecureSearch.co Safari reset menu
  2. Pick the options which you want to reset (often all of them are preselected) and press Reset. SecureSearch.co Safari reset
  3. If you cannot reset the browser, scan your whole PC with an authentic malware removal software.

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