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Private.securesearches.net. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Private.securesearches.net – a fake search engine that presents as legitimate

Private.securesearches.net virus

Private.securesearches.net is a browser hijacker, but developers claim that this program improves web browsing. The improved result should be the main thing people like to use this browser engine on their Explorer, Chrome or Firefox. However, they will have to deal with various browsing-related problems.

Summary
Name Private.securesearches.net
Type Browser hijacker
Family eAnswers
Targeted OS Windows, Mac OS X
Affected browsers Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari, etc.
Danger level Medium. Might change browser's settings and expose to potentially dangerous content
Symptoms Homepage, default search engine, and new tab might be changed, redirects to questionable sites, an increased amount of ads
Distribution Software bundles
To uninstall Private.securesearches.net , install Reimage and run a full system scan

Security specialists from LesVirus.fr[1] note that this search engine belongs to the broad family of the eAnswers browser hijacker family. Therefore, so-called Private.securesearches.net virus has all typical browser hijacker features:

  • A homepage is changed and set to hxxp://private.securesearches.net/
  • A new tab is configured to the same site
  • Bookmarks and toolbars, favorites added to the browser
  • There are specific security software pages that you can not navigate
  • Browser starts running sluggishly
  • You get redirected every time you click on a page
  • There is an increased number of various advertisement (pop-up ads, banners).

The latter advertising activity is the most frustrating feature that people complain about. This makes PUP[2] name explain itself. Advertisement after each click redirects to other advertisement and this makes the vicious circle of redirects. You need to remove private.securesearches.net immediately if you want this to end.

Also, a big issue with browser hijackers is data monitoring and collecting. The information includes victim’s search history, IP address, geo-location[3]. It is collected for the ad developers from third parties. This helps them to provide and maintain ad content on your specific screen.

By knowing what your interests are advertisers related to private.securesearches.net hijack can create and display more exciting ads that you most likely going to click on. These clicks create revenue but also more intrusive ads for you. And this can lead to more significant threats.

Increased redirects diminish your browsing experience, so private.securesearches.net removal is vital to get back to average speed and performance. You can use Reimage for the elimination process or other anti-malware tools.

Virus developers use bundling technique

Potentially unwanted programs spread with freeware installations very successful because people tend to skip through installation steps even when the software is from questionable sites. This is known for the virus developers, so they are packing many PUPs with software.

When you pick Advanced or Custom options, you can unpack those additional programs and de-select unwanted ones. If not you may never know what you are getting when you have no opportunity to see the whole list of programs.

Remove private.securesearches.net for better browser performance

As said above, you can avoid these PUPs but if you have one you need to remove it as soon as you can. Private.securesearches.net removal process can be time-consuming so rely on professionals and use certified tools and programs. We have a few suggestions below and a guide for the best results.

However, we are aware that not everyone wants to remove private.securesearches.net with the help of anti-malware programs. If you are one of those people who is looking for manual elimination instructions, you should scroll down a little bit further and start the fight against the hijacker.

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To remove Private.securesearches.net, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Private.securesearches.net from Windows systems

Follow these steps to remove all hijacker-related components:

  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 Private.securesearches.net and related programs
    Here, look for Private.securesearches.net 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 Private.securesearches.net 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

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Uninstall Private.securesearches.net from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Private.securesearches.net or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Delete Private.securesearches.net from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Private.securesearches.net and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Private.securesearches.net removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Private.securesearches.net from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Private.securesearches.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Private.securesearches.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall all questionable add-ons and reset Firefox to remove Private.securesearches.net entirely:

  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 Private.securesearches.net 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 Private.securesearches.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Private.securesearches.net from Google Chrome

Follow these guidelines to get rid of the browser hijacker from Google Chrome:

  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 Private.securesearches.net 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 Private.securesearches.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Private.securesearches.net 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 Private.securesearches.net 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 Private.securesearches.net, 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 Private.securesearches.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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