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Remove Lavasoft Secure Search (Free Guide) - updated Jul 2019

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Lavasoft Secure Search is the search engine developed by Lavasoft – a known shady software developer 

Questions about Lavasoft Secure Search is the annoying threat that comes to the system during freeware installations and affects browsing online significantly. This potentially unwanted program is the product from Lavasoft company that is known for developing PUPs and delivering them to users all over the world. In most cases, this browser hijacker comes with the help of other programs that make the uninstallation and removal processes even more difficult. Experts[1] strongly advise restraining from such search engines because every in-browser search sends the information that you don't need to your results. As well as those views and visits on the redirected domains that collect information about your habits online. Using such questionable programs or browsing shady sites can only heighten the risk of cyber infections.

Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Related Adaware secure search; Lavasoft, Web Companion
Symptoms Shows content not originating from the website, interferes with in-browser searches, replaces the default search engine and installs toolbars, search bars or extensions on the web browser to affect the speed and performance
Distribution Freeware installations, software bundling
Elimination Use ReimageIntego for PUP elimination and remove possible virus damage

Lavasoft Secure Search virus injects particular links to pages that are not safe to visit because of the questionable content and the fact that commercial material potentially can lead to automatic downloads of the useless programs and tools. This is one of the common PUP symptoms:

  • installation of suspicious programs, in-browser content;
  • alterations on your browser;
  • startup program changes;
  • interference with browsing online;
  • affected speed and performance f the infected machine. 

If your default home page and search provider has been changed to, it means that you have inadvertently installed a misleading browser plug-in that has hijacked your web browser. It can work on all most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other less popular browsers.

Unfortunately, it has been categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to the ability to infiltrate random computers and take over people's search sessions. Of course, can be installed on the internet willingly; however, if you don't remember doing so, we recommend removing this search engine as soon as possible.

That's because Lavasoft Secure Search is sponsored by third parties and may be employed in affiliate marketing. It means that it may collect your browsing history by means of cookies, constantly monitor your online activities and transmit gathered information to third parties.[2] is the browser hijacker that affects time online by redirecting to various pages with commercial content.

Even though it is set to collect non-personal information (search queries, websites visited, data entered, browser type, email address, IP address, etc.) if you accept to disclose your full name, telephone number, address and other personal details when making searches with this engine, such personal information may also be taken by developers.

In addition to that, you should be very careful with Lavasoft Secure Search removal. This add-on is set to deliver alleged search results that may include sponsored links in the priority and install other PUPs without your permission.

Unfortunately, we have already received reports about suspicious websites that this program may seek to promote and that people were tricked into visiting them. You should scan the machine entirely and get rid of all the threats indicated on the screen.

Fortunately, you can prevent information leakage and redirects to unsafe websites if you remove Lavasoft Secure Search virus from the system fully with a tool like ReimageIntego. The easiest way to do that is to run a full system scan with a reputable anti-spyware as soon as you experience unwanted modifications on your web browser.

Lavasoft Secure - potentially unwanted program that also gets installed with Adaware or other Lavasoft related applications.

Ways to get browser hijackers without even noticing

Although the website claims to be powered by Yahoo and offer people to search the web in a more secure way, you should never rely on such questionable search engines. Since this search engine is associated with third parties, you should stay away from it due to the fact that it may try to promote affiliate websites constantly and make you visit them. This is how other PUPs get to your machine.

It means that it is added as an 'additional component' and is set to be installed by default unless people uncheck it. That's why people who tend to install free software not attentively enough and constantly accelerate the process by clicking the 'next' button often end up with a hijack and later claim that it infiltrated their PC's without permission asked.

However, it asks for permission, so you can easily opt-out of it. The only thing that you need is attentiveness. Whenever you install free software, select Advanced or Custom installation options and look for checkboxes stating that you accept to set the particular program as your search engine or install the PUP[3] o the machine. De-select such propositions and only then finish the process.

You need to remove Lavasoft Secure Search virus as soon as the browser appears changed without your permission

Speaking about Lavasoft Secure Search removal, beware that you have two options. You can eliminate it manually with the help of the guidelines that are down below, or you may use a reputable anti-spyware. We recommend the second automatic method because it saves you time and gray hairs since it does everything at the same time. virus can be harmless and more damaging than you think because it exposes you to possibly malicious content and installs programs behind your back that causes additional frustration and possible damage to your machine. Browser hijackers alter particular settings and keep you from accessing anything useful on the internet.

Since there is no reason to keep the intruder on the system, you should remove Do that as soon as possible, once you noticed anything suspicious and employ proper tools for the process – anti-malware programs. This way you can scan the machine and eliminate all PUPs besides the main hijacker.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Lavasoft Secure Search, follow these steps:

Erase Lavasoft Secure Search from Windows systems

Clean the machine and remove from your system to end all the frustrating behavior

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Lavasoft Secure Search and related programs
    Here, look for Lavasoft Secure Search or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Lavasoft Secure Search from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove Lavasoft Secure Search from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Lavasoft Secure Search from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Lavasoft Secure Search-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Lavasoft Secure Search, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Lavasoft Secure Search and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Lavasoft Secure Search-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Lavasoft Secure Search from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Lavasoft Secure Search and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Lavasoft Secure Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Lavasoft Secure Search from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Lavasoft Secure Search-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Lavasoft Secure Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

When you have issues with removal, you may need to manually get rid of the related in-browser material

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Lavasoft Secure Search and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Lavasoft Secure Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Lavasoft Secure Search from Google Chrome

Your web browser gets altered and various content may keep you from using Chrome normally, so reset the browser to default

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Lavasoft Secure Search and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Lavasoft Secure Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Lavasoft Secure Search from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Lavasoft Secure Search or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Lavasoft Secure Search, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Lavasoft Secure Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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