Severity scale:  
  (12/100)

Remove SecuryBrowse (Virus Removal Guide) - updated Feb 2019

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

SecuryBrowse is an extension and a browser hijacker that provides fake sense of security for netizens

SecuryBrowse virus

SecuryBrowse is a potentially unwanted program – a browser extension designed for Google Chrome. However, the infiltration technique of this PUP is rather interesting. It first gets installed via software bundling and then redirects users to trafficadvance.net which asks them to implement the extension. Once installed, SecuryBrowse virus will change homepage and the new tab URL to https://search.securybrowser.com and redirect all searches to Yahoo. While it's description sounds flashy – “Contextual Security Advisory based on browsing and search activity” the application is merely a browser hijacker which seeks monetary benefit from targeted advertising. Additionally, SecuryBrowse might provide users with a false sense of security due to its blocking of the allegedly dangerous sites. In reality, the app denies entry to websites based on keywords and not the actual threats.

Name SecuryBrowse
Type Potentially unwanted program
Sub-type Browser hijacker
Related site trafficadvance.net
Homepage change to Search.securybrowse.com
Distribution Software bundles, the official website
main functionality Promises to protect users from malicious websites
REal activity Changes Chrome's settings, redirects to sponsored websites, tracks users' browsing activity to display customized results
Elimination Use our instructions below
Optimiazation Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to make sure the system is running as intended

While SecuryBrowse is not a malicious program, you should remember that it might cause some unwanted actions on your machine. According to researchers[1], the first signal is its warning in the Privacy Policy saying that it travels around together with a related search engine which can be installed in a bundle:[2]

By downloading/installing “SECURYBROWSE”, you will be installing a software application onto your computer which might appear on your desktop or within one or more of your Internet browsers. “SECURYBROWSE” products will allow you to search the Internet, and may provide you with additional features as further described in this EULA. During the download of a “SECURYBROWSE” Product you may also be offered the opportunity to set your browser homepage, start page, new tab page and/or default search setting(s) to our search service.

If your browser is redirecting you to various commercial sites and a default search engine or a start page was set to search.securybrowse.com, it is the first sign that you have a browser hijacker[3] on your computer. While SecuryBrowse may seem useful, beware that it can track information related to your browsing.

Additionally, SecuryBrowse virus starts filling your searches with in-text links, banner ads and similar content used to generate pay-per-click income. While there is nothing bad about it, there is no guarantee that sites promoted thru this service are all safe: 

Remove SecuryBrowse virus if you notice that your homepage and new tab options were changed. At the moment, the PUP is attacking Google Chrome web browser. However, there is no guarantee that other browsers won't be affected as well. The easiest way to fix your computer is to run a full system scan with anti-malware tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

SecuryBrowse removal is important to do and the sooner you do that, the better. The more time this browser hijacker spends on your system, the more unwanted changes you may find out. This is not the program that can change significant parts of the system, but there is a possibility that the PUP can redirect you to highly questionable sites.

SecuryBrowseSecuryBrowse is a program that can modify your browser settings.

Software bundling provides unwanted programs a perfect opportunity to slip into computers unnoticed

There are two ways used by this PUP to enter the system. First of all, you can get it from its official site as a great addition to your web browser. However, you can also discover it on your system without downloading it. This method is known as bundling as it hides optional components in a software which is completely safe and legitimate. PUP developers typically make arrangements with freeware providers and rely on software bundling technique to spread their PUPs without a warning. 

During the installation of the software, there is always a possibility to choose Advanced or Custom option and opt out of unwanted components. Such a tip is also provided by Secure Browse developers:

If you do not wish to reset your setting(s), you can decline/opt-out of the setting(s) change by unchecking the appropriate checkbox during the download process for the relevant “SECURYBROWSE” Product. 

Skipping through these important steps can lead you to numerous changes in web browsers. Make sure you choose Advanced or Custom installation settings that will help you to see the whole list of additions.

SecuryBrowse elimination steps

To remove SecuryBrowse virus from your computer, you need to use reputable anti-malware tools. It is the easiest way to check the system for unwanted components that may be hiding in the background. However, make sure you use only reputable software and use it only after updating to its latest version. In the future, it will help you to detect all potential threats and before they manage to enter your device.

Proper SecuryBrowse removal also requires resetting your web browser to its previous state. Potentially unwanted programs tend to renew themselves after rebooting the computer, so make sure you fully perform PUP's removal from the system.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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.

Offer
do it now!
Download
Reimage Happiness
Guarantee
Download
Intego Happiness
Guarantee
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Supported versions Compatible with OS X Supported versions
What to do if failed?
If you failed to remove virus damage using Reimage Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Reimage, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

To remove SecuryBrowse, follow these steps:

Erase SecuryBrowse from Windows systems

Get rid of this browser hijacker from your Windows OS:

  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 SecuryBrowse and related programs
    Here, look for SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse 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.

Get rid of SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse 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'

Eliminate SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse 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, Google.com).
  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 SecuryBrowse removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse-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

Remove SecuryBrowse from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Eliminate unwanted redirects by following SecuryBrowse removal steps:

  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 SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete SecuryBrowse from Google Chrome

Follow these steps if you want to delete Search.securybrowse.com for good:

  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 SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse 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 SecuryBrowse, 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 SecuryBrowse removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

About the author
Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

If this free removal guide helped you and you are satisfied with our service, please consider making a donation to keep this service alive. Even a smallest amount will be appreciated.

Contact Lucia Danes
About the company Esolutions

References

Your opinion regarding SecuryBrowse