Sometimes even old browser hijacker may cause you some trouble. For example, Secure-surf.com is a search engine that can affect web browsers in France and other French-speaking countries. Our research shows that the program is a rather old hijacker that may be out of business already, but it does not mean that it cannot reemerge sometime again. If that happens, you have to act quickly and remove Secure-surf.com from the system before it manages to expose you to any potential security threats. We are not trying to say that this search engine has been created to infect you with malware, but you should not rule out such a possibility.
Browser hijackers are often used as content promotion tools. They are also utilized to redirect users to affiliated websites in order to increase their traffic. This is how the people behind Secure-surf.com and other similar programs manage to make money through the pay-per-click system. The problem with such practice is that almost anyone can make use of it; hence, it is not safe. If cyber criminals exploit Secure-surf.com and all the related networks for their objectives, it is very likely that soon your computer will be infected with severe security threats, and your personal information will be stolen. Once again, you can avoid that by removing Secure-surf.com today.
It goes without saying that no one would install Secure-surf.com on their systems willingly. However, the truth is that users allow this browser hijacker to enter their computers when they download and install freeware from third-party sources. There are multiple websites out there that distribute freeware applications, and the installers include several programs, some of which might not be something you need or want. The point is that, it is often possible to avoid installing unwanted programs if you check all the installation steps, but users seldom do it.
As a result, their default homepages get changed to either secure-surf.com or secury-surf.com. Our security researchers say that this browser hijacker uses almost the same template as programs from the Binkiland family. They also point out that Secure-surf.com could be related to the Qone8 family. Either way, the point is that it would be detrimental to your system’s security to keep on using this search engine, so the sooner you delete it from your browser, the better. Just because Secure-surf.com might look like a genuine search engine, it does not mean it is one.
You have to remember that such browser hijackers always display sponsored search results, most of which can be commercial links leading to unreliable websites. In the worst case scenario, some of those links might lead to malware-related websites. Consequently, you could end up getting infected with malicious programs that are not that easy to remove.
Once again, this is why it is essential that you get rid of Secure-surf.com right now. It may not be possible to uninstall the program via Control Panel, but you can at least restore your browser settings to default. When you are done with that, please run a full system scan with a licensed antispyware tool. This way you will be able to detect all the potential threats that are currently running on your PC. Remove them all automatically and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions about how to protect your PC from harm.
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