How to remove Search Encrypt from your browser
Apr 17, 2020
Search Encrypt is a browser hijacker that redirects you to suspicious websites and slows down your browsing experience. This extension is not safe to use, so we recommend getting rid of it as soon as possible. In this guide, we’ll show you how to remove Search Encrypt from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.
Uninstall any suspicious programs
Trying to restore your browser’s settings without deleting Search Encrypt first is useless — most likely, it will simply reappear soon. Start by reviewing the list of programs installed on your computer. Look for anything suspicious that you don’t remember installing and double-check everything you installed before you noticed Search Encrypt for the first time.
The next steps differ depending on your operating system.
- Click the Start button, then select Settings > Apps > Apps & features.
- Select the suspicious app and press Uninstall.
- Click the Finder icon and select Applications in the sidebar.
- Find the app and drag it from the Applications folder to the Trash (at the end of the Dock).
- Empty the Trash.
After uninstalling the app from your computer, it’s time to get rid of Search Encrypt from your browser.
How to remove Search Encrypt from Google Chrome
- Open Chrome, press the button with the three dots in the upper-left corner, then select Settings.
- Click Advanced in the menu on the left.
- Scroll down and select Reset and clean up.
- Click Restore settings to their original defaults.
- Confirm by pressing Reset settings in the dialog box.
Google Chrome will restore your homepage, search engine, and new tabs to their default settings.
How to remove Search Encrypt from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Firefox and click the button with the three horizontal stripes in the upper-right corner.
- Select Help in the drop-down menu.
- Click Troubleshooting Information.
- Click Refresh Firefox.
- Confirm your action.
How to remove Search Encrypt from Safari
- Click on Safari in the menu bar in the upper-left corner.
- Select Preferences and choose Privacy.
- Click Manage website data.
- Click Remove all in the next dialog box.
- Confirm and click Remove now.
You can also remove Search Encrypt from Chrome, Mozilla, or Safari by deleting the extension itself, but then you’ll have to manually specify your homepage and search engine. To prevent Search Encrypt from popping up again, it’s safer to simply restore your browser to its default settings.
How did I get Search Encrypt in the first place?
Search Encrypt often comes bundled with various free apps, such as media players or converters. Most users prefer a Quick Install when it’s much safer to choose Advanced mode and review all of the requested permissions yourself.
Search Encrypt and other malware can also sneak into your system when you click on suspicious ads or visit pornographic, free online gaming, and file sharing sites.
Finally, some people simply install Search Encrypt without researching it first. When you’re planning to add a browser extension, always check online for information — it might save you a lot of trouble in the future.
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