How to Remove Searchencrypt.com Browser Hijacker

Hi. One of my friends has a browser hijacker on his computer and he wants me come to your for help. He is using internet explorer and the home page is getting hijacked by Searchencrypt.com. He scans computer with antivirus but it does not find it. Have your heard of such thing? Do you have any idea about how to get rid of this browser hijacker fully?


Searchencrypt.com is a browser hijacker that will damage your computer if you keep it on computer for a long time. It will install lots of unwanted programs on your PC and insert tons of annoying pop-ups on the page you visit. Even, it redirects you to visit dangerous websites where contain all kinds of malicious programs that aim to steal users’ personal information. For safety, click the button below to get rid of the hazardous browser hijacker now!

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Know about Searchencrypt.com

 

Searchencrypt.com is a questionable website which may hijack many popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and so on. You may be confused when you open the website. The infection has been reported to infect many users’ computers. Be careful! This browser hijacker hijacks users’ default search engine, homepage and new tab with the main purpose of generating revenue via advertisemnets. Searching information on this website, you will find that there are lots of ads and sponsored links displayed in the list of the search results. Searchencrypt.com is spread mainly bundled with freeware downloads and installations. In addition to hijack your browser, it also modifies your browser settings and the shortcuts.

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As the figure above shows, the website pretends to be a search engine which claiming to improve users’ browsing experience by providing users’ with improved search results. Users are tricked into regarding the website as a useful search engine, but the truth is quite the opposite. The appearance of the website is deceitful and misleading. The logo and search box is made after Google search. Even though the logo text is titled “Search”, colors (blue, red, yellow & green) used in logo are same as Google’s. The site title is also written by “Google Search | New search”. So victims naturally take it to be one of products developed by Google and use it. The search service also follows Google and employs Custom Search, which means that the developers customize your search engines and search results. What you get through the search engine are actually information selected by developers firstly rather than all search results. So they encourage users to click on some websites or web pages that may cooperate with them. And these sponsored links are in the front page about search results so that users can click on them easily. The service is of course favourable to the promotion of the search engine. However, it doesn’t benefit users. At first, most of users pretend to get as many search results as possible rather than particular search results. Secondly, it is not sure that these sponsored links are safe. In addition, users may be troubled by random redirection before they enjoy the so-called good search service.

Once the browser hijacker settles in your computer, you may see its main page pops up frequently when you open a browser. The more times you are redirected, the higher possibility you get additional malware. In this case, victims feel difficult to surf the Internet peacefully. The browser hijacker also displays sponsored links, ads and codes. It also weakens the PC running speed and computer performance. In the worst case scenario, you might encounter information theft if the search engine can monitor your browsing activities and collect browsing data. Therefore, you are recommended to eliminate the browser hijacker as soon as possible.

 

How did Searchencrypt.com get installed on your computer?

 

Most likely, the browser hijacker gets into your computer while you are installing new software like video players, pain tools, file manager, etc. It always comes bundled with installation packages downloaded from some download web sites like Softonic. Cunning developers won’t tell you what kind of bundles in the software at first so that you don’t see them until your computer goes wrong. It is noteworthy that some users have something wrong before installing because they click on fake download buttons, which actually belongs to one of deceive techniques. The fake download buttons usually lead you to download a downloader or manager rather than your desired software.

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When users get right download button and start installation, but they are still tricked into choosing “Standard” setup mode and clicking “Install” button. So the browser hijacker is allowed to get installed on your computer. The lesson teaches you to read Terms of use carefully while installing and choose “Custom” setup mode. Sometimes the browser hijacker is taken as an option in Setup wizard. So you can unselect these options manually, otherwise you will be thought to allow that the browser hijacker is added to your computer by default. If it arrives on your computer, you need to follow the complete removal instructions below to remove it.

 


Summary of Searchencrypt.com

Threat Name Searchencrypt.com
Catogory Browser Hijacker; Malware
Affected Browsers Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari & Opera
Symptoms Change homepage, Startup page & new tab; Change default search engine; Generate commercial ads or links; Diminish users’ browsing experience
Distribution Techiniques By freeware or shareware bundling

By pop-up ads on suspicious websites or phishing websites.

Solution Read the detailed guide below or

 


Complete Removal Instruction

Here are two removal methods—manual removal guide and automatic removal guide. The manual removal guide is for computer users who have basic computer knowledge because manual steps are a bit of complicated and time-consuming. Automatic removal guide applies to the majority of users who are not only computer nerd but also computer beginners. Please think carefully and choose one of methods.

Plan A Manually Remove Searchencrypt.com (Time-consuming)

Step 1 Remove Searchencrypt.com from Browsers

Internet Explorer Removal Tutorial
Google Chrome Removal Tutorial
Mozilla Firefox Removal Tutorial
Safari Removal Tutorial
Opera Removal Tutorial

Step 2 Delete Relevant Registry Entries

Plan B Automatically Remove Searchencrypt.com (Recommended)


 

Plan A Manually Remove Searchencrypt.com (Time-consuming)

 

Step 1 Remove Searchencrypt.com from Browsers

At first, you should check up browsers shortcut, which may be modified by the browser hijacker. Secondly, you are advised to check up your homepage, startup page and search engines. Finally, you need to reset browsers if the steps don’t work. Resetting means that your settings can be restored to the original defaults including homepage, new tab page, search engine, and so on. Meanwhile your browsing data are also deleted.

 

Internet Explorer Removal Tutorial

 

Right click on shortcut of Internet Explorer and then select Properties.

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Delete Searchencrypt.com argument in Target section if you find it.

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Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Open Internet Explorer, and then select Internet options in Tools menu.

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Go to General tab, remove the suspicious URL in Homepage or replace it with your desired website.

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Save the changes by clicking Apply and OK button.

Navigate to Tools menu and then select Manage add-onie-manage-add-on-win7

Go to Search Provider, remove suspicious search engines concerning the browser hijacker.

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Try resetting IE if the steps above don’t work

Select Internet Options from Tools menu > navigate to Advanced tab > click on Reset… button > Check Delete personal settings option and then click on Reset > Click Close button.

 

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Google Chrome Removal Tutorial

 

Right click on shortcut of Google Chrome and then select Properties.

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Delete Searchencrypt.com argument in Target section if you find it.

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Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

 

Open Google Chrome, and then select Settings in the menu.

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Check up whether Searchencrypt.com appears in “On startup” , “Appearance” and “Search” section.

 

On Startup:

Click on the blue link named “Set pages” beside “Open a specific page or set of pages”

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Select the unwanted website from several Startup pages and remove it by clicking ×

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Close the window by clicking OK button.

 

Appearance:

Click on the blue link named “Change” under Show Home button

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Move the mouse pointer over the suspicious link and hit Delete key.

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Close the window by clicking OK button.

 

Search:

Open the Search engine window by clicking on Manage search engines… button

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Default search engines and other search engines will be listed. You need to delete all items related to the suspicious link by clicking ×

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Apply the changes by clicking on Done button.

 

Try resetting Google Chrome if the steps above don’t work

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and then click Show advanced settings…

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Find Reset settings button and click on it at the foot of the page.

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Click Reset button to initiate resetting process.

 

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Mozilla Firefox Removal Tutorial

 

Right click on shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and then select Properties.

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Delete Searchencrypt.com argument in Target section if you find it.

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Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

 

Open Mozilla Firefox, and then select Options in Tools menu.

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In the General tab, delete the suspicious link in Home page section or type your desired website in the box.

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Navigate to Search tab and check up search engines listed.

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Delete unwanted search engine by clicking Remove button.

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Try resetting Firefox if the steps above don’t work

Navigate to Tools menu and click on a question mark.

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Click Troubleshooting Information in Help menu.

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Click Refresh Firefox button.

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Confirm completion of resetting by clicking Finish button.

 

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Safari Removal Tutorial

 

Right click on shortcut of Safari and then select Properties.

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Delete Searchencrypt.com argument in Target section if you find it.

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Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

 

Open Safari, and then select Preferences… in Tools menu.

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Go to General tab, remove the suspicious URL in Homepage or replace it with your desired website.

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Try resetting Safari if the steps above don’t work

 

Navigate to Tools menu and then select Reset Safari

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Select the items you want to reset, and then click Reset. You can’t undo this operation.

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Opera Removal Tutorial

 

Right click on shortcut of Opera and then select Properties.

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Delete Searchencrypt.com argument in Target section if you find it.

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Click Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

 

Open Opera, and then select Settings in the menu.

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Check up whether the browser hijacker appears in “On startup” and “Search” section.

 

On Startup:

Click on the blue link named “Set pages” beside “Open a specific page or set of pages”

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Select the unwanted website from several Startup pages and remove it by clicking ×

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Close the window by clicking OK button.

 

Search:

Open the Search engine window by clicking on Manage search engines…button

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Default search engines and other search engines will be shown. You need to delete all items related to the suspicious link by clicking ×

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Apply the changes by clicking on Done button.

 

Try resetting Opera if the steps above don’t work

Navigate to Opera menu and select About Opera

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Information related to Opera will be displayed. You need to copy the path.

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Press Windows + R to open Run dialogue, paste the path in the box and hit Enter key.

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Delete operaprefs.ini file and Cache.

 

Restart Opera, the settings will be restored to default settings.

 

Tip: The step may take more time and effort if you have one more browsers or difficulty in using computer. Besides, the leftovers and remains related to the browser hijacker are still in your computer even though you have tried the step 1. To remove the browser hijacker quickly & completely, you are recommended to use an automatic removal tool in the post.

 

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Step 2 Delete Relevant Registry Entries

 

Press Win+R keys to open Run dialogue box.

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Type regedit in the dialogue box and then hit Enter key.

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In the Registry Editor, click Edit and then select Find…

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Search for items related to Searchencrypt.com ( type the threat name in the search box and hit Enter key).

Delete detected items after the searching is completed.

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Continue to repeat the above steps until the window below pops up. fin nothing

Close the Registry Editor.


Plan B Automatically Remove Searchencrypt.com (Recommended)

 

Use SpyHunter

 

SpyHunter is an effective anti-malware designed for detecting and removing all detected computer threats including Browser hijackers, PUP, Spyware, Rootkits and so on. It owns a group of computer experts and up-to-date database so that your computer can obtain comprehensive protection. Now follow the guide and start the removal.

 

Clicking the button below to download SpyHunter.

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Open the downloaded file (SpyHunter-Installer) to initiate the installation, and then click Run to continue when a window pops up as below.

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After selecting your language, click OK button.

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Click CONTINUE button.

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Click Install button after choosing I accept the EULA and Privacy Policy.

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Click Exit button to confirm the completion of the installation.

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After the installation is complete, SpyHunter will run and scan your computer automatically. If not, you need to double-click on the icon of SpyHunter and then Start New Scan by clicking on Scan Computer Now! button.

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Don’t close the program while the scanning is on going.

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After the scan is completed, all malicious items that SpyHunter has detected will be shown as a list. To remove detected items completely, click “Fix Threats” button.

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Restart your computer to apply all changes after removal is complete.


 

Summary:

Searchencrypt.com is fond of modifying users’ default homepage, startup page and search engine without users’ permission. Have you installed new programs recently? If so, the browser hijacker may get into your computer via “bundling” method, which is one of popular distribution techniques. Developers also take advantage of inserting the browser hijacker into search results. So your computer gets infected with the browser hijacker easily when you click on these unsafe contents. Beyond the problems that default homepage or search engine has been changed, you may encounter privacy issues. The browser hijacker can collect and record users’ information via data tracking and monitoring capability. Therefore, you’d better remove the browser hijacker as soon as possible.

 

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