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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Secure Surf

Secure Surf is a browser extension which can make the user’s wish to surf the web anonymously a reality. Well, at least its description on the Chrome Web store says so: “surf anonymously everywhere with enhanced security and privacy protection.” If you are looking for a piece of software to ensure the safety of your privacy too, we, unfortunately, cannot recommend Secure Surf for you despite such an appealing description it has. It has turned out that it is not a fully reliable application even though it is presented as one. Instead, it is a potentially unwanted application that might arrive on your PC without your permission and then change your default Google Chrome settings without your permission. Users are not told in advance that this piece of software is going to apply changes if they install it, so it is not surprising that so many users find the changes applied undesirable. People might find Secure Surf installed on their computers without their direct permission as well – we are sure these users will not be happy about the presence of this extension too, especially when they find out that it has several drawbacks. You will find more about this add-on if you read the rest of the paragraph. We will even share with you what we know about its removal, so continue reading!

Users install Secure Surf on their computers willingly expecting that this add-on will make it possible to browse the web anonymously and will protect their privacy from being violated. Unfortunately, they do not know that this extension is not as decent as it claims to be. Specialists at have even managed to find out that it has two drawbacks, which immediately makes this extension potentially unwanted software. First, research has shown that it alters the settings of Google Chrome after successfully infiltrating the computer and, of course, it does not tell users about these changes in advance. Since the altered settings of users’ browsers mean that they no longer see their favorite pages, it does not surprise us at all that so many users decide to uninstall Secure Surf. Not all of them immediately understand that it is the one responsible for the changes they see, especially if it has arrived on their computers in a software bundle, but we can assure you that a new URL set as your homepage and a New Tab page indicates the installation of the browser extension called Secure Surf. The search tool set does not differ much from reputable search providers the way it looks, but the truth is that it is not a trustworthy search tool, specialists say. Although it promises to ensure the users’ anonymity by detecting searches that could be tracked and then redirecting users to “private, anonymous results page at,” it surely does not act like a trustworthy search tool, so trusting it blindly is a bad idea. Research has revealed that it might even collect information about users. If it really gathers data about users and then discloses it to third parties, privacy issues might arise despite the fact that it promises to protect the users’ online privacy. This is its second drawback.

If you open your browser and notice a new URL set as a New Tab page and a homepage, you can be sure that the Secure Surf extension is installed on your computer. You could have downloaded it willingly from the Chrome Web store (, or it could have entered your system illegally in a software bundle. No matter why this dubious extension is installed on your PC, it should be erased without consideration because 1) it is not as useful as it claims to be and 2) potentially unwanted programs might bring problems even though they, technically, are not malware. The next paragraph focuses on the Secure Surf removal.

Secure Surf is a simple browser extension, so you should not find its removal a complicated procedure if you know how to open the Add-ons Manager and remove undesirable add-ons. If you have never tried erasing an undesirable browser extension, we suggest checking our manual removal instructions – they are located below. If you find them useless either, scan your system with an automated malware remover. Actually, many users choose this method over the manual one because all they need to do in this case is opening the scanner to get the undesirable extension removed.

How to remove Secure Surf

Google Chrome

  1. Double-click on the Google Chrome shortcut.
  2. Press Alt+F simultaneously.
  3. Select the More tools option from the menu and click Extensions.
  4. Click on the undesirable extension once.
  5. Click on the Trash button next to it.
  6. Click on the Remove button.
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