Searchencrypt.com virus removal instructions
What is Searchencrypt.com?
Also Known As: Searchencrypt.com virus
Searchencrypt.com is a browser hijacker that promotes a highly dubious search engine. It must have entered your system along with free software and that is why you need to develop better installation habits. It will make unwanted changes to your browsers and possibly expose you to questionable content. Browser hijackers aim to generate pay-per-click revenue by redirecting you to sponsored pages. Essentially, it makes money using you. The worrying thing about this hijacker is that while it is not malicious itself, it can expose users to dangerous content. You could end up with a serious virus infection if you are not careful and Searchencrypt.com would not be to blame. We suggest you take measures to remove Searchencrypt.com and prevent similar situations in the future.
Browser hijackers are distributed with the help of free software. Searchencrypt.com was attached to certain freeware and when you installed it, you installed Searchencrypt.com as well. In order to avoid these situations, you need to deselect what has been added to freeware. You can do that by choosing Advanced (Custom) settings during freeware installation. Uncheck the boxes of the added items and you can proceed with the installation process. Do not choose Default settings as you will end up having to remove Searchencrypt.com or similar.
Searchencrypt.com will hijack your browsers and make unwanted changes. Hijackers can usually affect all browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox so it does not matter which browser you use. Searchencrypt.com will be set as your homepage and you will not be permitted to change it unless you first delete Searchencrypt.com from your system. Searchencrypt.com might look like a legitimate site but when you type in a search query into the engine, you will be redirected to plusnetwork.com. Depending on your browser and the settings, access to this site would be blocked as it is classified as an attack page, which could allow malware to install onto your system. plusnetwork.com is a known browser hijacker that exposes users to loads of sponsored, sometimes even malicious, content. You would end up on weird and potentially dangerous sites just because Searchencrypt.com wants to generate traffic. You have no need for this hijacker, uninstall Searchencrypt.com.
STEP 1. Searchencrypt.com removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
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Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Searchencrypt.com related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Searchencrypt.com reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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