Secure Surf is a new browser extension that may not be as secure as its name suggests. This tool only works with your Google Chrome browser so if you prefer to use other browsers, it would not even make any sense to install it. However, it is quite possible that you did not even install it knowingly but more like the part of a software bundle. Although we have found that this extension does not mean any direct threat to you or to your system, it is still possible that the search results it shows you may be corrupted at times and contain questionable third-party ads and links. For this reason we have categorized it as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. This application promises you enhanced security and privacy protection, yet it may collect information about you to present to you customized content. Also, it is possible that its presence indicates that there are more serious malware threats on your system, too. Therefore, we suggest that you make up your mind in time and remove Secure Surf along with all other suspicious programs on board.
We have only found one webpage where you can officially install this useless PUP, and it is the Chrome web store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/secure-surf/djkpepogdbldmifcpafiiggibiekbjnm). This page shows that only 20 people have installed this extension this way, which cannot be called popular in any sense knowing that it has been available for over half a year now. So there has to be another way for this tool to spread so that you can find it in your browser even if you cannot recall installing it. The truth is that this PUP can also be found in free software bundles.
The biggest problem with bundles though is that you can only trust that ones that you download from official and reputable sources, and even in such a case you need to be careful and make sure that you read the license agreement and the installation wizard properly to know what extra free tools and programs you are about to allow to enter your system. It is always risky to have any potential threat source on your computer even if it does not mean direct danger. But imagine a bundle that you download in questionable ways or from suspicious websites. Unfortunately, those can easily contain PUPs and a number of malware infections, too, including adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, and fake alerts. These infections could make your system vulnerable to cyber attacks and you could lose your control over your own computer before long.
You can easily let such threats on board if you click on unsafe third-party ads, such as software update pop-up ads and banners, or when you land on shady websites (torrent, freeware, gaming, and gambling). We advise you to always use official sites for downloading any software and update, and never to believe in any pop-up or other messages you may see while browsing the web because these can deceive you and trick you into believing that you actually need that update or security software. One click, and you can drop a malicious package onto your machine. This is why we suggest that after your delete Secure Surf, you need to run a reliable malware scanner to be able to detect all possibly harmful programs, which then need to be eliminated one by one to restore your security.
This questionable search engine does not directly show you its own generated search results but uses redirections instead; and, not only one. In fact, first, it seems to redirect your query to "feed.snowbitt.com/?publisher=iext&ts=sy&barcodeid=51840003&searchtype=ds&q=," then to "search.dondelink.com/," and to "http://goto.maxdealz.com/v1/hostedsearch?pid=252427&subid=155&ts=sy&u_ip=18.104.22.168&loc=Vilnius%2CLithuania&obt9bpdyed=0&keyword=," and finally to us.search.yahoo.com. If you are an inexperienced user, you may not even realize that for a blink of an eye there are these other questionable sites that pop up in the address bar and you simply notice that you arrive at a Yahoo search results page, which you will accept as reliable by default. However, this is a typical trick that such PUPs and also, browser hijackers apply to deceive unsuspecting computer users. Unfortunately, these results could include potentially unreliable third-party ads and links as well. Therefore, clicking on such content could have unfortunate consequences like dropping malware infections or opening malicious pages run by cyber criminals in new tabs or new windows. If you do not want to experience online scams or a crippled system, we recommend that you remove Secure Surf as soon as possible.
You are in the luck because this PUP only affects your Google Chrome browser so you can easily and quickly eliminate it. All you need to do is remove Secure Surf browser extension through the Chrome menu. If you have never done this before, please use our instructions below. Do not forget that this potential threat could be the least of your worries right now as there could be way more serious infections on board. If you want to protect your computer, we recommend that you eliminate all these threats and defend your PC from future attacks. If you do not believe that you can do this on your own, we advise you to install a decent up-to-date anti-malware program, such as SpyHunter, that can automatically take care of all your security-related issues regarding potential and malicious attacks.